Peniche Pro 2009 in Supertubos 

The European leg of the IBA World Tour wraps up this week with the final event at Supertubes, Peniche.

The sleepy little fishing village will be buzzing with the biggest names in the sport including 9 times world champion and living legend Mike Stewart (Hawaii).

At 46 years of age Mike is one of the front-runners in the race for this years IBA world title.

“Yes I am looking forward to Peniche. This area produces some of the best waves in Portugal ” said Stewart.

“I would need a podium finish to replace one of my other results”.

“ It will be a hectic finish to this years title with 6 guys possibly in contention” said Mike.

Other names locked in for Peniche’ include Portugal’s own dynamic duo of Manuel Centeno and Hugo Pinheiro as well as Hawaiian Dave Hubbard, Australians Mitch Rawlins, Ryan Hardy, Ben Player, Chad Jackson, Brad Hughes and Michael Novy and Brazilians Guilherme Tamega, Eder Luciano, Luis Villar and Lucas Nogueira.

Silvano Lourenço has been chosen as Wild Card for the event.

The race for the 2009 IBA World women’s Tour is just as exciting with Neymara Carvalho (Brazil) and Eunate Aguirre (Spain) both pushing for the title.

Also in the mix is Isabella Sousa (Brazil) and Luz Marie Grand Perez (Puerto Rico) so they extra points up for grabs will be cruitial.

Check-in for the event is between 10am – 6pm tomorrow (Wednesday) and the event gets underway Thursday from 9am local time.