Top IBA World Tour bodybaorders get ready for the final round at El Confital

History was made today when the IBA showcased its own rich roots with a presentation of the former and current world champions to a packed media gallery in Gran Canaria.

Mike Stewart, Jeff Hubbard, Guilherme Tamega, Uri Valadao, Damian King, Ben Player, Karla Costa Taylor, Neymara Carvalho & Marina Taylor were proudly introduced to the media as the final event on the IBA World Tour gets underway at Confital.

The local government, Dept of Tourism and many other sectors came together to make this event possible and they were all represented today.

"The artwork looks like a Boxing poster" said IBA General Manager Terry McKenna.

" And if this was a boxing match, it would be the equivalent to a heavy weight match between Hollyfield and Tyson".

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El Confital

Being here in Confital is like having tickets to "Rumble in the jungle"... You just know that some heavy hits will go down and history will be made!

After 11 long months on the road the IBA World Tour is coming down to this.

Five contenders in the Mens bout and three in the Women.

In the red corner it's Neymara V Jessica V Eunate.

And in the white trunks it's Hubb V Hardy V Winny V Stewart V GT

Eight x 20 minutes rounds and then we get into the nitty gritty stuff.

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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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