Hugo Pinheiro

Hugo Pinheiro is the 2009 European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB)champion.

It is the third time that the Portuguese bodyboarder from Costa da Caparica clinches the title.

The first ETB victory was conquered in 2003 and another one was achieved in 2004.

Pinheiro was crowned the Euro king in the Mohammedia event, in Morocco.

Marta Fernandes, also from Portugal, is the new queen of European bodyboarding.

Hugo Pinheiro is also competing in the 2009 IBA World Tour.

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Sumol Special Edition in Nazaré

After 14 days of waiting, Praia do Norte didn’t disappoint the expectations of the one thousand plus spectators that went to the beach to watch the fourth edition of Sumol Nazaré Special Edition.

Mike Stewart was the big winner of this edition, in a podium where the international presences had eminence. The athlete was very “surprised, and, at the same time, happy for winning this contest in the first time competing”. The Brazilian José Otávio won the second place. “I’m very happy for the second place in a contest with such a high level”, he said. The third place was given to Jaime Jesus, considered the best Portuguese in the contest.

After some qualm of some athletes due to the initial sea prediction, the stormy waves of the day before were replaced by a sunny day that allowed an excellent show of air maneuvers, huge drops and even some impossible tubes.

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Sam Bennett

It wasn't since 1996 that the National Bodyboarding Titles had been held at Duranbah Beach on the Gold Coast.

The six day bodyboarding event was run in a complete mix bag of conditions, including messy large 1.5 metre surf, to epic offshore conditions mid week and Friday saw competition on hold by lunch time as conditions were virtually flat. Todays final day at D-Bah saw the famous beach break come alight with some perfect right hand wedges rolling through.

With over 200 competitors in town the level of competitiveness amongst the states was unbelievable, however only one eventual winner from each division could win.

In the end it was Sam Bennett of Port Macquarie, that took the blue ribbon event the Open Mens. Sam was one of the stand out surfers of the whole week, which involved multiple nine and ten point rides from the judging panel. Sam notched up a massive 18.40 to take out Chase O'Leary in second with 14.50, Joe Clarke in third with 12.40 and David Lohan with 11.27.

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