Iain Campbell and Joana Schenker win the 2017 Sintra Pro
- 18 September 2017 | Bodyboarding
Iain Campbell and Joana Schenker have taken out the 2017 Sintra Pro, in Praia Grande, Portugal.
With the Portuguese bodyboarding contest celebrating its 22nd year, there was certainly no shortage of drama in the water. The event tested the athlete's fitness levels by delivering all sorts of ocean conditions.
In the first days of competition, men, women and young riders had to battle powerful onshore wind and wave conditions, as well as strong currents and shifting peaks.
Iain Campbell and Uri Valadao met for the men's final in three-to-four-foot surf. The South African had the chance to solidify his lead on the rankings, but he could also break a personal record - with two runner-up finishes, Campbell could finally raise the trophy in Sintra.
Uri Valadao, the 2008 IBA World Tour champion, is an experienced bodyboarder and a man who knows the Portuguese beach break very well, so he would always be considered a threat.
The Brazilian started off strong with three solid scores, but Iain Campbell wanted to make a statement in European waters and found the wave - an 8.00 - he needed to claim the title.
"I'm really happy to have won in Sintra, finally. I've been in the final three years in a row - first time against Pierre, second against Alan Munoz, and now against Uri. I've finally cracked the win here," expressed Campbell.
"It feels good to have this under my belt and going into the last three events of the APB Tour in this situation is just the best possible thing that could happen."
On the women's side, Joana Schenker has won the event in front of her home crowd. The Portuguese defeated Alexandra Rinder in a tight final.
"It's an incredible feeling to win in Sintra in my home country, Portugal. Also, this is the most important event of the Women's World Tour this year, so it's a very good point of advantage, and I'm super happy to have my first win against these amazing athletes," added Schenker.
In a truly exciting drop-knee final, which also crowned a world champion, Sammy Morretino overcame the veteran Dave Hubbard.
"It's the biggest accomplishment I've ever had in my life and brought the title back to Hawaii," stated Morretino, who became the youngest drop-knee world champion ever.
The Portuguese Triple Crown of Bodyboarding continues with the Viana Pro, in the north of Portugal.
2017 Sintra Pro | Finals
1. Iain Campbell (RSA) 15.00
2. Uri Valadao (BRA) 14.00
1. Joana Schenker (POR) 15.25
2. Alexandra Rinder (CNY) 14.60/p>
1. Sammy Morretino (HAW) 15.40
2. Dave Hubbard (HAW) 12.00
1. Bruno Martin (ESP) 12.35
2. Yon Aimar (FRA) 12.15
3. Cristobal Fernandez (CHI) 11.25
4. Joaquim Soto (CHI) 7.35