Greg Long may have won the Wave of the Summer award, but Jeff Hubbard wins the Air of the Summer award.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some late season Hawaii action from Kanaka Kai.
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 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.