Since February I was working together a marketing sports company that organizes the WQS surfing events in Brazil to host the IBA event this year in Bahia, nothern Brazil. They came up to me showing a lot of interest on the sport with a trustable background. In a couple of weeks they had the multimedia project done and went after the sponsors.
One of the biggest hotel resorts of Brazil had interest on the project and they started to negotiate. Meanwhile the negotiations where happening, the resort was sold to an Arabic group and this shaked the infra structure of the resort. The selling of the resort to this group was the main and only cause for not having the IBA event this year. They cancelled all shows, and other events that they had planned for the rest of the year.
The resort has interest in having the bodyboarding event on their beach for 2009 and I already started the conversation to make this a part of the SOUTH AMERICAN LEG of the world tour.
The cancelling of the event is bad for Brazil, the tour, the world, the riders, everyone ! I am very upset with the cancelling of Bahia. I can guarantee that everyone here dedicated 100% for the happening of the event.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me.
Thanks to all,
55 21 8855-1774 Mobil
SOURCE: IBA Tour