– What do you expect from these Ebra Series?
For 2016 I expect more teams investing on fighting for the European Title and a steady growth of the Series in termos of organization and communication. I also expect to see an increasing number of female teams participating in the Series.
Ovale Beach Marseille being the 3 x European Champions is the team everyone wants to send down. Padova Beach and IPessimi are two strong Italian teams starving to take the title to Italy. Les Minots coached by Christian Quintaine the Ovale Beach Marseille ex coach can make serious damages on the Series. And off course we need to give the credit to some veteran teams in the circuit like Magnets and USA Eagles.
There are some new teams participating in some legs. AAC Beach Bats from Portugal can be a good surprise in Figueira and Barcelona. Im also aware of some new teams from Belgium and Holland that can be a surprise.
2016 will be a big year for Figueira Beach Rugby Tournament. We will beat the number of International teams participating in the tournament. We are expecting to have 50 teams with 25 of those to be international representing Holland, Belgium, Italy, England, Germany, Spain, USA and France. We are investing on the extra events that can add value to the participants experience. We want to make it more like Sevens Tournament Style. High Level of Beach Rugby mixed with a lot of Fun!
In my opinion Beach 5s Rugby have the potential to be one of the most exciting Beach Sports around the world. So for the near future I see EBRA Series attracting the attention of some serious sponsors to take it into a new level.