IBA World Tour 

For the first time in history Brazil will receive two world tour events sequentially.
The Katherine Melo will open the Brazilian leg in April 21st and then the Bahia Bodyboarding Show will take the world best competitors to the north of Brazil.

Both events will distribute a total of $75.000 dollars and 4500 IBA points. IBA Brazil expects more than 400 competitors on both events.

The Katherine Melo 2009 is going for its second year and the event will count for the woman’s as a Grand Slam event, distributing 1500 points. The men will have $25.000 dollars and 1050 IBA points, the highest non Grand Slam event on the tour so far. The event will take place in the estaleirinho beach, in Balneário Camboriu.

The Bahia Bodyboarding Show will be a unique event. Along with the competition rock shows will take place uniting two passions; music and waves.
Bahia, the state of the current world champion, will receive for the first time in history an international event and all the bodyboarding community is pretty anxious to see the best of the best in action. The event will distribute a total of $35.000 dollars ($20.000 for men and $15.000 for women).

We are very happy to receive two world tour events in Brazil in a year that the world is facing difficulties. We want to bring as many international riders to the event that we can. We are preparing lots surprises for all competitors on both events – says Flavio Brito responsible for the events of IBA Brazil.

Online entries
All international riders must confirm their participation on both events by filling out the online entry form. The website is being finished and in the next days we will inform.
Email entries won’t be accepted! All international riders must pay in U$ dollars on the Check in day.

Katherine Melo 2009
Venue: Estaleirinho Beach, Balneário Camboriu, Santa Catarina
Prize Money: $ 40.000 dollars (Men $25.000 and Women $15.000)
Men Entry: U$ 170 dollars
Women Entry: $140 dollars
Date: 21st – 26th of April
Status: Women Grand Slam and Men International event.
Points: Women 1500 points Men 1050 points
Check In:  Monday, 20th of April - Plaza Hotel Camboriú (www.plazacamboriu.com.br)

Official accommodation
The Camboriu Plaza Hotel will be the official accommodation for the Katherine Melo event. All competitors will have discount accommodations. The organization will have free shuttles taking and bringing all competitors to the beach to the hotel. The hotel is located in the center of Balneário Camboriu with lots of shops, banks, and restaurants.

All reservations can be made through the website www.plazacamboriu.com.br or by the email

Official Rent a Car
If you plan to rent a car contact the Marauto www.marautorentacar.com.br) phone: (55 48) 3269-9100. Besides the special rates for renting cars, they can pick and take you up to the airport. 

Santa Catarina has 2 airports.

The international is the FLORIANOPOLIS AIRPORT and is located 90km from Balneário Camboriu region. The Florianopolis Airport has the most numbers of flights and usually has the cheapest flights rates.

The NAVEGANTES airport is the closest one to Balneário Camboriu about 20 km but, it doesn’t have as many flights as the Florianopolis and is usually more expensive then.

Bahia Bodyboarding Show
Venue: Armação beach, Salvador, Bahia
Prize Money: $ 35.000 dollars (Men $20.000 and Women $15.000)
Men Entry: U$ 170 dollars
Women Entry: $130 dollars
Date: 28th of April to May 3rd
Status: Men and Women international event
Points: Women 1000 points Men 1000 points
Check In: Tuesday, 28th. The location will be announced in the following days.

To give an extra day for all riders to move themselves from Santa Catarina to Bahia, we will have the check in on the 28th for a start on the 29th of April.

All the options are between 300 to 500 meters from the competition. There is no need to rent a car to go the beach. All of these options have special rates for the competitors.

Bahiamar Hotel – 4 stars
Phone (5571) 33722400 / www.bahiamar.com.br / email: 

Sol Plaza Sleep - 3 stars
Phone (5571) 34183699 / www.solexpress.com.br / email: 

Hotel Atlântico – 3 stars
Phone (5571) 33436166 / www.tribahiahoteis.com.br / email:

Hotel Alahmar - 1 star
Phone (5571) 33436007 / www.alahmarhotel.com.br / email

SOURCE: IBA World Tour