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.

In the future, there will be more Pro Junior stages - crowning an APB World Junior champion is in the making.

The Men's world title race is definitely fired up. Less than 1000 points separate rankings leader Pierre-Louis Costes (4850 points) and Alex Uranga (4012 points), who sits in sixth place.

Lucas Nogueira is not worried about points. He is looking forward to defending the 2013 Sintra Portugal Pro title. The Brazilian believes he is navigating in home waters.

"It was one of the most important moments of my career. It's the most established event and has the longest tradition on the Tour. It is also a very beautiful place, and they speak our language," says Lucas Nogueira.

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