After three highly successful events in waves of consequence in South America, the APB World Bodyboarding Tour heads towards Portugal for two highly anticipated events.
First up is the longest running professional world tour event on the planet, The Sintra Portugal Pro.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the contest making it the longest running consecutive event in the sports history, and the locals are planning to celebrate big time!
If you enjoy the spectacle of a world tour bodyboarding contest, then do yourself a favour and book a ticket now.
APB World Tour manager Terry Mckenna sums it up perfectly.
“It’s the major festival of bodyboarding, and every competitive bodyboarder needs to come & experience Sintra at least once in their career.”
The carnival type atmosphere is second to none and the Portuguese Surfing Federation doesn’t miss a beat, so the athletes are treated like real Pro’s during the weeklong carnival.
Praia Grandé has delivered some quality waves over the years and the close proximity of the event site to landmarks in and around Lisbon makes it also a perfect sightseeing adventure between heats.
There are many places to stay around the area but none come close to Hotel Aribas (http://www.hotelarribas.pt/uk/hotel-arribas-sintra.php), which is situated right next to the event site and features a gigantic saltwater swimming pool and top class amities at reasonably affordable prices.
Other ideal accomadation options include Sintra Sol Appartments at Praia Das Maçãs email@example.com
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Praia Grande – 5min walking distance from the beach
Praia das Maças – 5min driving distance from Praia Grande or 30min walking distance
Margarida C Rosado is the contact and can be contacted by mobile on 00351 916 14 11 38 or e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again all four categories (Men, Women, DK & Pro Junior) will be contested at Sintra with the World DK Champion most likely being crowned there.
From Sintra the crew will head North to the picturesque seaside town of Nazaré, which has been made somewhat famous by big-wave charger Jarrett McNamara.
Remember the 100-foot wave? Well that’s Praia Do Norte (North Beach) and it’s the venue for the first ever Nazaré Masters APB World Tour event.
The area is rich with history and will make an amazing backdrop to the perfect peaks that it’s famed for.
Even on an average day Praia Do Norte churns out punchy A-Frame peaks that are perfectly suited towards high performance riding.
Just a few miles offshore lays the North Canyon, a super-deep trench that funnels swells towards Nazaré before abruptly ending and sending big chunks of swell upward. It’s this rare phenomenon that creates the now legendary mountainous peaks of Nazaré.
Whilst Sintra celebrates its 20th anniversary Nazaré is in its maiden year but the promoters are well versed in running quality events so APB anticipate a great show.
Entry is online http://nazarepro.praiadonorte.com.pt/en/entry-form/ or at the event check in on the 28th until 8pm on the CARSURF facility in Praia do Norte.
If you’re looking for accommodation in Nazaré then here’s a good starting spot for you.
Hotel Mar Bravo
And then the organizers have the CAR SURF (High Perfomance Surf Training Center) This is right at the beach behind the event site but bookings must be direct to email@example.com and is perfect for the budget conscious riders.
Nazaré will host Men’s & Women’s with the Women’s World Tour Champion most likely being crowned there, for more info check their facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/events/878933905489620/
It’s a tight race after the first three events but the frontrunners in the Men’s World title include
|3||Jared Houston||South Africa|
Its progressively looking like we will crown the Men’s World Tour champion and Pro Junior champion at the last event in Puerto Rico, The Encanto Pro Cultura in early November.
After a successful event in Japan the Women’s race is heating up going into Europe and current world champion Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands) has several former title holders and an inform Japanese rider hot on her heels.
|1||Alexandra Rinder||Canary Islands|
The Drop Knee title will be decided at Sintra this year and Dubb will be looking to go back to back in Portugal, but this year he has some tough opposition.
Finally the Pro Junior ratings will possibly go down to the wire in Puerto Rico with Sintra hosting the only European event.
1 Tanner McDaniel
2 Socrates Santana
3 Matheus Bastos
4 Nelson Flores
APB encourage all riders to attend both European events and we are anticipating quality webcasts for spectators at www.apbtour.com/live
All rider enquiries are to be emailed to Teza Mckenna at firstname.lastname@example.org