Pro clinics in Madeira
Today the BBGE crew headed to the SE side of Madeira to Porta de Cruz to hold a bodyboarding clinic.
Around 100 enthusiastic groms got the day off school to have personal lessons with some of the worlds best.
Neymara Carvalho (Brazil) Ayaka Suzuki (Japan) Traci Effinger (Hawaii) Pricilla Medeiros (Brazil) & Danicelly Vallejos (Chile) were supported by a cavalcade of upcoming Portuguese riders to explain the basics of the sport and assist with surf lessons.
Neymara gave an inspirational speech to the young kids explaining that body boarding can open up doors that lead to world titles.
The black sand bottom of Porta de Cruz was the perfect platform for the students to enjoy their first wave, and if you judged the day by smiles then it was a complete success.
Pipe charger Traci Effinger said that community projects like this were very rewarding.
” The girl I was instructing was just so stoked, she didn’t want to get out of the water,” she laughed.
Buondi Cafe supported the day supplying everyone with a selection of flavoured iced coffees.
After the clinics the team were treated to a tour of a local Rum factory that uses sugarcane to manufacturers its products.
Engenho Do Norte is one of the only steam powered distilleries in Europe and has a strong economic and cultural importance in Madeira.
The tour finished with a sample of the famous “Poncha“and was the perfect way to finish off a week of touristic activities before the competition gets underway tomorrow.
It’s easy to see why this is called the Girls Bodyboard experience, because it’s more than a competition, it’s a complete emersion into the local lifestyle and culture of Madeira.
Tomorrow the APB Women’s World title race gets back to business at Faja de Areia and with the opening round getting underway in the morning.
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