The idea of organizing the FBRI was born randomly, during an afternoon brainstorm meeting at DoctorSport office.
Beach rugby was really popular and big in Portugal in the late 90s, early 2000s. The Portuguese economy was experiencing an unprecedent boost, so companies easily thrown money into anything that would advertise their image. After that period and with the economy declining the big euros were gone. During the first decade of this century the big beach rugby tournaments disapeared, and the hype around the sport was gone. Aware of this situation Rui Loureiro one of the DoctorSport founders ex-rugby player and coach looked at Beach Rugby as an opportunity and the idea of bringing beach rugby into life seemed a good bet.
We knew that Beach Rugby image was damaged and only something good and big would succeed! Organizing it as an International Beach Rugby Festival where competitive and social rugby could cohabit around music and party, was the idea in our minds since the beginning.
As we were already expecting, skepticism was what we found most in our first approaches. Few people believed that Beach Rugby would have the power to attract and congregate so many teams from all over Europe. This skepticism was soon vanished, due our strong commitment and enthusiasm to make it happen.
The Figueira Beach Rugby International first edition back in 2010 was not the success we were expected, only 24 teams attended the event. We were exhausted and the pockets were empty, however the feedback was huge and we knew we had just launched something special that remains till our days!