Congratulations to Jeff Hubbard on winning the 2011 Zicatela Pro this past weekend in solid Puerto Escondido. The victory is Hubbard’s second of the 2011 season, and propels him into the IBA World Tour rankings lead, just over 600-points ahead of second ranked Guilherme Tamega.
It was really heavy out there. I was just blessed to be in the right spot a couple of times. This is my second win this year…this one is so important to me. Its been a dream of mine to win here in Puerto.
For complete results and a rundown of the latest Grand Slam Series rankings, check out the IBA World Tour site.
Guilherme Tamega is the winner of the 2011 Arica Chilean Challenge and unseats Jeff Hubbard as the overall points leader on the IBA World Tour. Our favorite moment of the competition was the veteran use of priority in his quarter-final heat against Amaury Lavernhe, who had taken off behind him and was likely to get a winning score. Tamega used his priority to stuff Amaury on the wave, and secure his birth in the semis. D-Fense!
The next event in the Grand Slam Series is the Zicatela Pro in Puerto Escondido, Mexico in August.
Everyone is super amped. Everyone is well-trained. Everyone’s in shape. Everyone’s surfing technically precise and as good as they’ve ever surfed. It’s gonna be a spectacle.
Mike Stewart recaps the 2011 IBA Pipeline Pro and shares his outlook on the 2011 IBA World Tour. Jeff Hubbard is the current IBA point leader (220 points ahead of Australia’s Ryan Hardy) heading into the third event of the 2011 season at Arica, Chile.
The trials of the 2011 IBA Box Pro have ended, and a big congrats to Keahi Parker of Hawaii for making his way into the main event, which looks to run on Friday. The top 8 riders from the trials advanced, here are the results:
- Chase O’Leary Australia
- Mitch Woodland Australia
- Thomas Rigby Australia
- Nick Ormerod Australia
- Sam Bennett Australia
- Cade Sharp Australia
- Keahi Parker Hawaii
- Joe Clarke Australia
The IBA World Tour unveils its new contest format at the 2011 IBA Box Pro, with the main event set to run between April 14 – 20. The first day of trials was canceled due to poor conditions and a great white shark sighting, but the new “pool play” format that is set to kick off during the main event should be interesting to watch.
After three rounds of competition, the field of 32 riders will be reduced to 16, who then compete in man-on-man heats until the winner is announced. This new format, coupled with a heaving slab of a wave, should produce some exciting moments, especially during the first three rounds where all 32 competitors will surf.
Jeff Hubbard is currently leading the IBA World Tour after winning the first event of the 2011 season at Pipe. For more information about the event, and a link to the live webcast, visit the IBA World Tour website.