Catarina Sousa: gnarly times in Sintra

The 2012 Zicatela Pro has been cancelled due to a lack of financial support. The IBA World Tour has announced that the Mexican event held at Puerto Escondido hasn't had the support from the government and the Oaxaca Municipalidad.

"We thought that we had set up this event to be self funding, after the success of last year, but sadly that wasn’t the case. Both the National and local governments were given time and statistical proof that the event would be a great investment into the region and a fantastic way to tap into the lucrative surf tourism market", says Terry McKenna, IBA World Tour manager.

"After many meetings and lots of optimistic correspondence, they came back empty handed. To make things worse the region suffered a massive blow by hurricane Charlotte across the weekend".

"This may have been the most popular event of the year, so there will be a lot of disappointed riders from around the world", he added. In 2011, the Zicatela Pro was one of the highlights on the Tour with perfect 10ft surf and a record breaking worldwide audience watching live on the webcast.

The loss of Zicatela will not affect the number of events that count towards the 2012 World Championship, with the 50% + 1 rule confirming the best 5 results out of 7 will count.

This also means that the 2012 Sintra Portugal Pro is the upcoming event and will play a critical role in the IBA World Tour title run, from 27th August to September 2nd.

Dave Winchester has a healthy lead, but Mitch Rawlins and Guilherme Tamega are both still well within striking distance.
Watch the final highlights of the 2011 Sintra Portugal Pro.