- 28 August 2009 | Bodyboarding
Day three at the Sintra Portugal Pro was almost a carbon copy of yesterday with blue skies, clean waves and non stop action.
In 1/4 final 1 of the Women, Rita Pires (Port) dominated the line-up with Jessica Becker (Brazil) to move into the man-on-man heats in the next round.
The next one was just as entertaining as Isabella Sousa (Brazil) continued here run through with a win over Neymara Carvalho (Brazil). Isabella is surfing incredible and looks to be one of the standout's so far in this WTT Grand Slam.
1/4 final 3 and current ratings leader Eunate Aguirre (Spain) showed why she is the leader of the pack with a polished display of competitive surfing advancing with Marta fernandez (Port) and the last 1/4 saw Luz Marie Grand Perez (PRC) progress with Catarina Sousa (Port).
Standout's on the Mens R6 were the Australian team of Mitch Rawlin', Michael Novy, Brad Hughes and Damian King, as well as Andre Botha (Sth Africa) Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) Pablo Prieto (Germany) and Lucas Nogueira (Brazil)
Portugal's Goncalo Silva was the only remaining local left from the qualifying rounds and will meet the Top 16 in R7.
Spanish riders have also faired well once again with Guilhermo Cobo, Benta Eloshua, Aritz Larinag & Alex Uranga all making it through.
Canary Island locals also enjoyed the clean sizey peaks as Diego Cabrera, Oliver Herrera & Airem Cabrera secured a birth in R7.
- 27 August 2009 | Bodyboarding
The Sintra Portugal Pro hit top gear today as the 4th & 5th round of the Men’s division along with the opening round of the Drop-knee World Tour (DKWT).
The surf was once again pumping as Praia Grande’ served up some meaty 4 footers providing the perfect canvas for competitors to draw some sweet lines on.
In round 4 the best performer was Alex Uranga (Spain) who once again dazzled the crowd with a strong combination of moves. Alex has turned a lot of heads here on E5’09 as he blitzes his way through this 5 event European leg.
Round 5 saw some of the sports biggest names hit the water. Former World Champion Andrea Botha (Sth Africa) was blowing away his opponents with nice positioning in the line-up to dominate the best waves. His experience shone through and stamped himself as a real contender.
- 26 August 2009 | Bodyboarding
With a potential date overlap between the bodyboard division of the Greenaway Pro in St Ives (4-5 September) and the Auto-Sleepers British Nationals at Porthtowan (5-6 September), the organisers of both competitions are co-ordinating their efforts to avoid a clash.
The bodyboard division of the Greenaway comp will now be held on Friday 4th September; leaving competitors free to compete in both this and the Nationals on 5-6 September.
Rich Hall from the British Bodyboard Club (‘BBC’) said “We recognise that the Greenaway Pro is a unique event, and that Tom had a lot of friends in both the sponge and stand-up surf communities”. He continued “A lot of guys want to remember Tom by entering the memorial competition, so we’re pleased that we’ve been able to reach this accommodation”.
Matt Smith organiser of the Greenaway Pro said “we’ve had a lot of interest from the bodyboarders, so it was unfortunate to have the date conflict. This was a sensible compromise that should allow everyone to do both comps if they want to.”
In the spirit of goodwill, the BBC have agreed that should the bodyboard division of the Greenaway Pro not run to completion on the Friday; any competitors who are still in the competition but have entered the Nationals will be permitted to check in by text or by phone on Saturday morning rather than in person at Porthtowan - thereby enabling them to complete the St Ives event first thing on Saturday and then head straight to Porthtowan for the Nationals.
Rich Hall said “We wouldn’t normally bend the established protocols like this, but we recognise the contribution Tom made to the sponge community and want to honour his memory”.