Current No. 5 in the ASP World Tour rankings, Adriano de Souza has sparked up conversation in Brazilian media today with his complaint on Facebook about a trophy he still has not been able to claim from his July win at Jeffrey’s Bay, due to the Brazilian IRS holding it hostage due to governmental importation restrictions. The World Tour surfer was told that possibilties of him using the trophy in an “exhibition” would not be permitted without liberating through stacks of documents, and possibly importation taxes. The paperwork hassle alone has frustrated the Brazilian surfer so much that he is going straight to the President to ask, “Why?”
After being crowned champion in South Africa at the ASP 6-Star Billabong Pro, Souza was overjoyed:
“I’ve come to South Africa and to Jeffreys Bay for so many years, and have always seen the guys win the Billabong Pro, and now it’s my turn,” said Adriano after he won in July, 2012. “I’m just so happy, and I’m going to remember this win for my whole life. J-Bay is a special place for me and hopefully see you again next year.”
After months of brutal documents in attempts to retrieve the trophy, paperwork an especially brutal and timely process in Brazil, Souza is tired. He has expressed his disappointment of certain governmental policies on his Facebook today, with over 9,200 likes and replies from his fans agreeing with the “vergonha” – (or “shame”) of the situation.
His public message was addressed directly to the Brazilian President:
“Dearest President Dilma,
I come to you with this complaint just to ask one question. Why?
I am Brazilian, honoring the flag abroad and known as the best Brazilian in the sport of surfing. Millions of Brazilians engage in my sport, surf themselves and took part in the scene captured by this photo, but unfortunately the IRS took away my trophy from this tournament in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, claiming that I would use it as EXPOSURE.
With the little time I have here in Brazil, between one trip to the next traveling to compete, I try my best to resolve this problem that doesn’t seem to have a solution. I have sent various types of documents, but they still ask me for thousands more. I am Tired. For over three months I have been dealing with this difficulty to get my trophy, and dreaming about it in my house every day.
And I wonder WHY, President Dilma? I travel a lot and work year round in search of titles for Brazil, to honor our flag, and when that happens, Brazil itself prevents me from having MY TROPHY?
Therefore, I earnestly request your help.
Adriano de Souza”
Portuguese text direct from Adriano de Souza’s Facebook page:
“Caríssima Presidenta Dilma,
Venho através deste desabafo, fazer apenas uma pergunta. Porque?
Sou brasileiro, honro a bandeira mundo afora e sou conhecido hoje, como o melhor brasileiro na modalidade do Surf. Milhões de Brasileiros acompanham o meu esporte, praticam e vibram com a cena desta foto, mas infelizmente a Receita Federal Brasileira prendeu meu troféu de campeão desse campeonato em Jeffreys Bay, na África do Sul, alegando que eu usaria como EXPOSIÇÃO.
Com o pouco tempo que tenho aqui no Brasil, entre uma viagem e outra que faço para competir, dou o meu máximo para resolver este problema que parece não ter mais solução.
Já enviei diversos tipos de documentos e cópias, mas continuam me pedindo outros milhares. Estou Cansado. Há mais de três meses venho tendo essa dificuldade para pegar meu troféu, e sonhando com ele todos os dias na minha casa.
E eu pergunto Presidenta Dilma, PORQUE? Viajo muito e trabalho o ano inteiro em busca de títulos para o Brasil, para honrar a nossa bandeira, e quando isso acontece, o próprio Brasil me impede de ter em mãos o MEU TROFÉU?
Aqui então, venho encarecidamente fazer o meu pedido de ajuda.
Adriano de Souza”
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