Sintra Portugal Pro: turn your PC upside down to experience new vision

The second day of the Sintra Portugal Pro got underway today in small clean waves on what always looked like the worst day of the forecast.

Once again the best performer of the day was Hayato Enokido (Japan) who picked up a paddling interference in the first five minutes and was sitting in third place needing an excellent score to progress.

Hayato picked up a right hander in the closing stages that only had a small wall and punched off the best move of the day with a crazy ARS that netted him an 8.5 and a spot in the next round.

“The waves here have more power and I like to work with the lip” said Enokito.

“One day I want to make the Top 16. The sport is getting bigger again in Japan and I want to represent my country well”.

Another rider turning heads at Sintra is Shane Meehan (Ireland) who has been using excellent wave selection and solid surfing to dominate most of his heats.

Other heat winners included Alberto Collucci (Venezuela) Yusako Kyotani (Japan) Cesar Para (Venezuela) Jon Lopez (Spain) Tiago Silva (Portugal) Aritz Larrinaga (Basque) & Nicolas Rosner (Germany).

After the Men the first round of the Drop knee hit the water but with an incoming tide the competitors struggled and after the forth heat the event was put in hold until tomorrow.

The forecast is showing a solid increase in swell overnight so organizers will be pushing for an early start and hope to surf three rounds of the Pro men as well as another round of the women. This will see the Top 16 hit the water mid afternoon so the action is bound to be red hot.

Sintra Portugal Pro: Portugal, capital of European waves

The 15th Sintra Portugal Pro 2010 has kicked off in Praia Grande, Sintra, Portugal.

The most important stage of the IBA World Tour of Bodyboarding counts up to 180 entries There are more than 20 Australian bodyboarders, a Hungarian, an Irish man and a Israeli.

Jeff Hubbard, Mike Taylor, Ben Player, Ryan Hardy, Damian King or William Tâmega will face national athletes as Hugo Pinheiro, Manuel Centeno, Silvano Lourenço, Gaston Carnival, Rui Pereira, among many others.

With a total prize money of $60,000 (plus $5,000 for Dropknee comp), this race remains the most awarded and crowded around.

The Sintra Portugal Pro 2010, worth 2000 points for Men and 1500 for Women, will also feature an International Short Film Festival of Bodyboarding that brings together several videos documenting, celebrating and supporting the bodyboarding culture in all its forms.

Sopelana BBK Pro: sunny bodyboarders

The final day of competition was a gloomy day weatherwise but the competition was heating up as the quarters hit the water in small sloppy 2 footers. The swell had peaked overnight and the organizers started early to catch the low wind and tide.

Yeray Martinez looked comfortable in the tiny mush and took the first heat against Rui Ferreira. Yeray is in amazing form and will be a real threat on this years e3x leg.

Dave Hubbard continued his golden run in the second with a win over Diego Cabrera. GT brought the local riders run to an end when he disposed of Aritz Larrinaga.

In the last heat PLC looked in sizzling form against Eder Luciano. Eder is always the man to beat in small waves. He pretty much re-wrote the record books last year on the Euro leg with his amazing technique and great equipment so when Pierre took this heat with relative ease it showed the crowd that he meant business.

Semi one and Yeray V Dubb. Yeray starts strong with a 4.5 & 6.5 average and Dave Hubbard holds priority looking for the winning waves.

Dave snagged a 6.5 but Martinez answered back with a 9.0 and Dubb went on the back foot needing an 8.76 that never came. Yeray is the first rider in the final.

In the next semi the French wiz-kid PLC was taking on the Brazilian machine known as GT. GT opens with a 8.0 and Pierre holds priority looking for a 7.51. He found a 6.75 but it was not enough and GT moves into the final against Martinez.

The final was held in fun glassy 2 footers with the clouds parting and the surf surging just in time for a 30 minute clash between the two most consistent riders of the 4 day event.

In the final Tamega netted a nine pointer and backed it up with a 6.9 to leave Yeray chasing a 7.5

“ I am stoked to have a start like this” said Tamega. I always wanted the winners hat and now I have one”

Overall the Sopelana BBK Pro was a fun event and the perfect start to the IBA’s e3x Euro leg. The crew now roll into Portugal for the Sintra Portugal Pro that starts on Tuesday.

Source: IBA World Tour