The 19th edition of the Sintra Portugal Pro, (stop 5 on the APB World Tour) is heading to Praia Grande between 23rd and 28th September, and alongside the Men’s & Women’s title race will be the world premiere of a “Pro Junior” division.
” 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,” explains Roman Alvarez, representative of the Portuguese Surfing Federation and the face of this contest for almost 20 years.
Offering prize money of two thousand dollars, the division aims to be a pivotal step for many young riders aspiring to break onto the elusive APB World Tour.
“Its been on the radar for sometime and we are stoked that Sintra will be launching the concept” said APB Operations manager Teza Mckenna.
“We hope to add more Pro Juniors into the bigger events and eventually crown an APB World Junior Champion,” he added.
Sintra will most likely be the deciding factor for this year’s title race for both Men & Women, so a huge field is expected to roll up for this years festival.
“If you’re a competitive bodyboarder you need to experience Sintra at least once in your career,” added Teza.
“They treat you like a Pro should be treated and after 17 years they know how to put on a show”.
Entry forms for this year’s event are available now.
The defending champion from 2013 for the Sintra Portugal Pro is Lucas Nogueria ( Brazil )