2009 Sintra Portugal Pro

The 3rd Grand Slam event on the 2009 IBA World Tour got underway at Praia Grande' in Sintra, Portugal today.

The waves were clean 2-3 feet and the weather was almost perfect.

The first two rounds of the Men were contested as well as the trails and R1 of the Women.

Both of the front-runners in the WWT got their campaign off to a great start with Unate Aguirre (SPN) and Neymara Carvalho (BRS) winning their opening heats to progress into the next round. However the show-stopper of the day was Brazilian Isabella Sousa who scored two of the best waves of the day and completed some amazing moves to be crowned the days best performer with a heat total of 17.25

The surf was pumping around lunchtime as Praia Grande' served up some punchy wedges and ramps for the competitors to show off their style.

The WTDK event will begin tomorrow with some of the Worlds best drop-knee competitors here for the first IBA International DK event.

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Sintra Portugal Pro

The 14th edition of the Sintra Portugal Pro will kick-off tomorrow in Praia Grande.

More than 180 athletes from around the world will compete in the 6th stage of the IBA World Tour 09.

The event will take place until August 30th.

2-to-3 meter waves are expected in the Sintra Portugal Pro.

The DK event will have a $5.000 prize-money.

Amaury Lavernhe

Amaury Lavernhe has won the 2009 Sopelana BBK Pro in the Basque Country, Spain.

The pro bodyboarder from Reunion Island beat Jeff Hubbard in the final. Lavernhe beat Hubbard with 15.25 points against 12.40.

In the semi-final, Amaury Lavernhe defeated Alex Uranga. The 2009 IBA World Tour now heads to the Sintra Portugal Pro, in Praia Grande.