Sintra Pro 

The 2009 IBA Bodyboarding World Tour will have five Grand Slam events.

These premium stops will be held in Hawaii's Pipeline (17th-27th de February), Brasil (April), Australia's Shark Island (June), Portugal's Sintra Pro (26th-30th August) and Canary Islands' El Confital (December).

Each Grand Slam event will count 2000 points to the general rankings, as there will be other beaches where the bodyboarders will compete and get less points.

Moreover, the new 2009 IBA competition format will have a higher prize money purse for the Grand Slam stages.

Portugal will have three IBA events in 2009 - a Grand Slam competition in Sintra and two smaller stages in Peniche (9th-13th September) and Viana do Castelo (12th-16th August).


2009 IBA World Tour Grand Slam schedule:

Hawaii's Pipeline (17th-27th de February)
Brasil (April)
Australia's Shark Island (June)
Portugal's Sintra Pro (26th-30th August)
Canary Islands' El Confital (December)

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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.

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Uri Valadao conquers the 2008 IBA Tour

In one of the closest fought title races in IBA history, Brazilians Uri Valadao and Neymara Carvalho have won the IBA Men’s & Women’s World Championship.

Ratings leader Guilherme Tamega and outsider Pierre Louis Costes’ both fell early in the day and the race was reduced to two riders.

Ben Player was looking to secure his third World title but had to finish ahead of Valadao to earn enough points.

When Uri made the final in semi 1 the spotlight went onto Ben and he struggled to find the waves that would allow him to do the moves that get the big points.

As the minutes ticked down to seconds it was evident that Uri was going to be the new World Champion and his friends and fellow countrymen all gathered around him,

When the hooter sounded he was lifted high with his new IBA World Champion cup pointed to the sky.

The emotion of years of training & hard work bubbled out in tears of joy as he hugged his coach and mentor Guilherme Tamega.

Uri Valadao (Brazil) – 2008 IBA Men’s World Champion.

The Women’s battle was also a two horse race.

Jessica Becker and Neymara Carvalho had surfed across several continents over almost 12 months and it all came down to 1 heat for a World Title.

Becker burst out of the blocks with a 7 and Neymara answered back with a 6.

That was the only time that Jessica was in front for the 30 minute final.

Neymara was in devastating form and went from strength to strength.

She even scored a perfect 10 on the buzzer to claim her 4th World Title.

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