17 May 2024


Friday, May 17: After a summer holiday season break, this year’s UIM-ABP European Continental Aquabike Championship will conclude with the Grand Prix of Mira, Portugal on September 27th-19th


Aquabike Promotion and local organisers will host the third round of the championship in the coastal town of Mira, nestled in the Gândara region in close proximity to Aveiro, Coimbra and Figueira da Foz.


Artur Fresco, Mayor of Mira, said: “With great pleasure and pride, Barrinha Beach in Praia de Mira will be the stage for the grand final of the European Aquabike Championship, an event that will draw athletes and enthusiasts of this water sport from all over Europe. It promises exciting moments and high-level competitions. This will be a unique opportunity for visitors to witness the excellence of both national and international riders in a stunning setting. It also highlights the commitment of the Municipality of Mira to promote, not only tourism but also prestigious sporting events, consolidating Mira’s name as a diverse tourist destination.


“This event holds profound significance for our community, not only in sporting terms but also for placing our region on the international stage. Hosting such an important event brings nations, cultures and fans together around this sporting spectacle and offers an unparalleled opportunity to promote tourism, foster local businesses and strengthen ties with neighbouring regions and countries.”


The UIM-ABP European Continental Aquabike Championship last visited Portugal in 2022 when the Municipality of Penafiel hosted a round of the four-race series on the Douro River.


Lino Araújo, Axel Courtois, Jasmiin Ypraus and Roberto Mariani came out on top in the main Runabout GP1, Ski GP1 and Ski Ladies GP1 and Freestyle categories. The minor classes were won by Gonçalo Rodrigues, Mattias Siimann, Ander Hubert Lauri, Nikola Dryjakova and Petr Dryjak.