Congrats to Jeff Hubbard, 2012 IBA World Tour Pipe Challenge champion!
Day 2 of the IBA World Tour 2012 IBA Pipe Challenge took place in epic Pipeline yesterday, with solid 8-12 foot surf and offshore winds providing competitors with arguably some of the best contest conditions ever. Real-time observations from the Waimea Bay station on Thursday, February 16, 2012 are below.
The swell peaked on Thursday, but there’s still solid northwest energy showing on both the Northwest Hawaii (@buoy51101) and Waimea Bay (@buoy51201) stations. As of 6:00 a.m. HST, the Waimea Bay buoy is reporting swell conditions of 7 feet at 14 seconds (310°), with surf heights expected to slowly decline throughout the day. East winds are expected to increase a notch from Thursday, reaching the 17-19 knot range.
When the contest resumes with the sixth round of the Men’s event, the top 16 riders in the world will be surfing their first heats, including defending champion Jeff Hubbard, 2011 IBA champion Pierre Louise-Costes, and other Pipe standouts Ben Player, Guilherme Tamega, and Amaury Lavernhe. In addition, a number of Hawaiian wildcard entries including Mike Stewart, Kainoa McGee, and Spencer Skipper, have used their experience and knowledge of Pipeline to advance to the third and final day. Micah Oh, who has battled his way through heats since the first round, is looking to continue his dark horse campaign as well.
As the swell eases, expect Backdoor to turn on again, giving competitors the option of a right that didn’t exist on Thursday. Also, priority is now a factor as well, so look for some competitive tactics to emerge as well. Check all the action on the IBA World Tour live feed.
The 2012 Pipe Challenge, the first event on the 2012 IBA World Tour, is set to kick-off tomorrow with an unbelievable forecast. A solid northwest swell is expected to build quickly Wednesday afternoon, likely pushing the limits of what Pipeline can handle, with potential for some 2nd reef wash throughs late Wednesday and early Thursday.
Here’s a look at the latest 5-day forecast for the Waimea Bay station (@buoy51201). As you can see, long-period northwest surf in the 6-10+ range is expected through Saturday, with east to east-northeast winds increasing in strength into the weekend.
Look for a variety of Pipe and Backdoor waves to kick off the event tomorrow, but as the swell increases overnight into Thursday morning, expect the rights to start shutting down as swell conditions peak in the 10 feet at 15 seconds range.
The biggest, baddest surf will definitely be on Thursday, so be sure to tune-in to the live webcast for all the action. For more information, check out the IBA World Tour website.
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.
Highlights from the 2011 Shark Island Challenge.
Congratulations to Dave Winchester, winner of the 2011 Shark Island Challenge. Unfortunately the webcast suffered from technical difficulties, leaving a lot of international viewers stranded online. Our fingers are crossed for a Vimeo recap sometime in the near future… the photos are cool, but we want to see this beast at full-speed.
Photo via IBA: Chase O’Leary, a little too high.
A touching update from Eddie Solomon who is currently battling stage 4 Hi-Grade T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and refuses to give up hope. His best chance is a German stem cell treatment, which studies have shown to possess an 80% survival rate.
Altogether the treatment and trip to Germany will cost the Solomon’s around $75,000. To help fund the procedure, they have started a donation page, and are humbly asking for any support you may provide.
With this treatment I can potentially be back within a couple months. But, to do this I must travel to Germany where they are 50 years ahead of the cancer treatment in the USA… They gave me a case study for people who had my exact diagnosis just like UCLA did (UCLA report had 14% survival rate). This case study done by Oxford University for people with my exact disease who did the stem cell treatment was 80% survival rate!! This is a must do! [Read More]
You can help save Eddie’s life. Even the smallest gesture is helpful in their time of need, so please consider donating.
Jeff Hubbard settles back into Oahu after a few weeks on the road. Looks way better than the U.S. Open at Huntington Beach did. Video by Kini.
Congratulations to Dave Hubbard on winning the men’s and drop-knee divisions today at the 2011 USBA Huntington Beach Pro. A fading South swell with light onshore winds meant mushy, challenging conditions, but the competitors managed to make due with what the ocean provided. Heat scores of each division (including women’s and amateur) are available on the USBA website.
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.