Uri Valadão

The 2009 International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) World Tour will kick off on the 17th February.

The 'Turbo Bodyboards Pipe Pro 2009' event - to be held in Pipeline, Hawaii - will be the first stage of the IBA's new "Grand Slam" event format.

Uri Valadão and Neymara Carvalho will start defending the 2008 Bodyboarding World Tour title.

The full 2009 IBA Tour schedule will be unveiled later, always here in SurferToday.com.

Stay tuned.