Sintra Portugal Pro: the capital of European bodyboarding | Photo: FPS/Pedro Patricio

The Sintra Portugal Pro 2014 will return to Praia Grande with a surprising new addition, between 23rd-28th September. The Pro Junior division is making its debut in pro bodyboarding.

It's one of the longest-running bodyboarding contests in the world. The Sintra Portugal Pro, which plays a decisive role in the title race, will add a special competition for the youngest generation, alongside Men's, Women's and Drop-Knee events.

"The idea is to give an opportunity to younger riders to integrate into top level competition through an intermediate class with talented but inexperienced athletes. It is excellent for many national young riders, and a perfect stepping stone onto the world stage," underlines Roman Alvarez, director of the Sintra Portugal Pro.

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Bodyboarding: injuries come and go | Photo: Surfing Australia/Woolacott

Have you ever suffered a serious injury and wondered if you'd be bodyboarding again? Don't panic. Learn how to overcome physical problems and get back to water quickly.

Sergio Machado, a Portuguese bodyboarder, started riding waves when he was a young kid. At 21, he injured his shoulder and underwent surgery.

"I understood that the problem was that I had a lack of specific training to complement the impact of bodyboarding in my body," explains Sergio.

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Jeff Hubbard: a sweet return to the podium | Photo: Aubuchon Imagery

Jeff Hubbard has conquered the Sandy Beach Challenge 2014, on Oahu's South Shore, Hawaii.

The third stage of the Kellogg's IBA Hawaii Pro Tour pumped clean two-to-four foot waves in one of the most famous Hawaiian bodyboarding spots. The shallow sharp reef delivered both lefts and rights and over $10,000 in cash.

Last-minute heroics earn Jeff Hubbard a victory in the Pro Men's division against Brazilian legend Guilherme Tamega. The wave ramps allowed for crazy acrobatic stunts and high-performance maneuvers.

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