Damian King 

The Viana Pro got underway in some clean ½ - 1 mtr surf today and despite the smaller conditions the action was red hot.

This event carries 1000 IBA championship points for the winner and more importantly a perfect start to the 5 event European leg know as E5’09.

In heat 1 of the day Rita Pires (Portugal) could not find the right waves and was eliminated.

“Its not a problem” said the humble Pires. “The others found the better waves. It was still fun” she laughed. “ This is the first time for me to compete against the men on the IBA World Tour” said Pires.

The best performer of R1 was Andre De Silva (Portugal) who looked rock solid with big rolls and snappy spins to combo the field.

Damian King (Australia) and Benat Elosua (Spain) were the top scorers of the second round posting high 7’s on the top two rides.

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European Champion Rita Pires 

The Viana Pro starts today and around 100 of the worlds best riders have signed on to compete.

This event carries 1000 IBA championship points for the winner and more importantly a perfect start to the 5 event European leg know as E5’09.

One of the interesting tales in the early rounds will be the battle of the sexes when European surfing champion Rita Pires (Portugal) takes on the guys as the only female in the event.

“This is the first time for me to compete against the men on the IBA World Tour” said Pires.

“Its usual for me to compete against the Men on the National Tour. Last year I finished in 29th place on the ETB Men’s tour and in all honesty I think that I prefer to compete against the Men rather than the Women”

“ I don’t get as nervous when I surf against the Men because it’s not my normal division. I don’t worry, I just surf and have fun whereas against the women I think too much” .

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2009 Viana Pro in Portugal 

The next event on the IBA World Men’s Tour gets underway in Portugal this Thursday, kicking off a 5 event European leg known as E5’09.

The Viana Pro will launch the richest leg of the IBA Tour in 2009 with over US$150,000 up for grabs.

The check in for the event will be held between 9am – 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday 12th August) at the event site and riders are warned that a failure to notify officials or your intentions to compete will result in a loss of seeding position.

The city of Viana is a seaside holiday haven with a river running through the middle and a picturesque mountain range that meets the ocean. It’s a clean and well-planned city that is perfect for anyone wishing to come to Europe for a holiday.

The airport at Porto is state of the art and has flights that gone to most destinations world-wide.

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