The world’s longest running bodyboarding event, the Sintra Portugal Pro, will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary when competition gets underway on 7th of September at Portugal’s Praia Grande beachbreak.
In the absence of the world tour in 2021, Sintra Portugal Pro has been sanctioned by the IBC to be run as a World Cup event. This means that the Mens Open, Womans and Pro Junior divisions will be held under an international event format and the winner will walk away with the trophy of Sintra Portugal Pro Champion, while the dropknee division will be the center stage as the event will be crowning 2021 World Champion.
As the start date gets closer, the organisers behind the event are constantly announcing confirmed riders for their social media channels. As this list of riders continue to grow, so does the anticipation for a glorious showdown of the world best battling it out at this iconic event.
To date some of the confirmed mens riders include:
- Pierre Louis Costes
- Iain Campbell
- Tristan Roberts
- Amaury Lavernhe
- Dave Hubbard
- Sammy Morretino
- Ibrahim Iddouch
- Michel Copetta
- Daniel Fonseca
Pierre Louis Costes, a former world champion two-time Sintra Pro winner:
“I am very happy to participate in Sintra Pro this year because last year we did not have this possibility. It is a prestigious event that I have won twice and in which I have also been in second place three times. It is also a very difficult race to prepare for the characteristics of Praia Grande, spot where conditions change very and very quickly and this gives a lot of value to this trophy.”
As always, competition will be fierce in the woman’s division with the world’s best all representing at the event. Riders include:
- Sari Ohara
- Isabela Sousa
- Joana Schenker
- Alexandra Rinder
- Teresa Miranda
Joana Schenker , 2017 world champion and former Sintra Pro winner:
“It’s a good thing we have Sintra again this year. It is one of those events that traditionally is part of the competitive year and that will have a strong support of international girls. This also helps to demonstrate how important and respected this evidence is across borders. For me, Sintra also has a sentimental meaning. And it’s the 25th anniversary of Sintra Portugal Pro, we have to celebrate!”
The event gets started on Tuesday 7 September and runs through to Sunday 12 September.
The 25th anniversary edition of the Sintra Portugal Pro will be live streamed via the IBC’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/ibcworldtour with a start time of around :730am Portugal time. In addition, live scoring (plus streaming) will be available via the IBC website.