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Zicatela,Thirsday 4th October – Hawaiian Jeff Hubbard has won the IBA TURBO ZICATELA PRO 2012 in flawless 6-8 foot surf at Puerto Escondido today. Hubbard defeated 6x World Champion Guilherme Tamega (BRA) with a high flying air roll and deep barrels in the final to claim his second Zicatela Pro title. Congrats Jeff !
Full image gallery available at http://ibaworldtour.com/2012/09/2012-turbo-zicatela-pro-image-gallery/
From the IBA press release: The 2 x World Champion fell victim in the non-elimination Round 4 of the event, but taking the longer road to the final did not slow down the hungry Hawaiian. Hubbard took down Australian super talent Mitch Rawlins in Round 6 this morning and managed to keep his momentum, topping Magno Passos (BRA) in the quarterfinals and current World Champion Pierre-Louis Costes in the semifinal.
Guilherme Tamega was looking strong thought the event, defeating an inform Mark McCarthy (ZAF) in the quarterfinal and current ratings leader Dave Winchester (AUS) in the semifinal, but could not match Hubbard’s aerial antics in the final. Today Tamega bagged his third 2nd place finish of 2012, making it clear that he is hungry for a seventh world title.
Winchester’s 3rd place finish has helped him improve on his current points, but with the other three semifinalists also drastically improving on their points, the world title race has heated up between the top four seeds and will be decided at the Encanto World Series in Puerto Rico or possibly the final event of 2012, the Fronton Pro scheduled for 7-16th December in the Canary Islands.
The updated GSS rankings after event 6 of 8 (best 5 results)
1- Dave Winchester 8380
2- Guilherme Tamega 7380
3- Pierre Louis Costes 7250
4- Jeff Hubbard 7240
5- Mitch Rawlins 6400
6- Mark McCarthy 6400
7- Ben Player 6020
8- Jared Houston 5740
9- Mike Stewart 5520
10- Andrew Lester 5340
11- Amaury Lavernhe 5240
12- Magno Passos 5140
13- Alex Uranga 4980
14- Uri Valadao 4820
15- Dave Hubbard 4590
16- Sam Bennett 4580
The next IBA GSS event is the Encanto World Series featuring Women, DK and Mens Grand Slams at Middle beach in Puerto Rico from the 2nd-13th of November.
South African bodyboarder Sacha Specker is the new 2012 Dropknee world champ! He captured his maiden world title in Playa Paguita, Isla De Margarita, Venezuela a few days ago.
Specker was in a 5 way tussle with several of the planets top exponents including Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) Ardiel Jimenez (canary Isl) Pancho Galdos & Cesar Bauer (Peru) but the cards fell perfectly in order as the contenders fell one by one leaving one man standing.
On the Womens’ side the new world champ is Brazilian bodyboarder Isabela Sousa who captured her second IBA World title in Isla De Margarita, Venezuela as well.
Sousa was competing in the Bodyboard Pro Festival at Playa Praguito, Nueva Esparta, and only had to touch the water to secure enough points to claim the title.
Massive congrats to both of you! Sorry for dropping this news post so late on Spongercity.com we were busy with work and stuff last week and havent had much time to post and congratulate you guys!
Now let’s wait and see what happens in the Mens Prone division for 2012 ! All eyes on Playa Zicatela for the IBA Pro Zicatela ! Check the IBA site for more, the main event is gonna start and the Trials have already taken place with French/Reunion Island ripper Yoan Florantin winning the trials ! Yeah Yoan, way to go!
PLC is the 2012 IBA Sintra Pro Champs ! Congrats PLC ! PLC won in the finals against South Af’ Jared Houston in tiny conditions. In the Womens division the next day it is Japanese bodyboarder Minami Hatakeyama who won her finals against Eunate Aguirre (current world champ). The next Women’s GSS event will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 11-16 September.
In the Mens division Winny has the lead in the ratings and is aiming at the world title. PLC is #2 at the moment. Winny has a massive lead though. The next Mens GSS event will be held at Puerto Escondido/Zicatela from September 27 to October 6.
In the Womens division it’s Isabelle Sousa who’s got the lead in the ratings.
See you at the next events !
Follow the news, ratings, vids etc. on the IBA website: www.ibaworldtour.com
We suck, we didnt warn you in advance but you must have been watching it anyways: The SINTRA PRO is underway, the main event started and… it’s LIVE most of the day.
Update regarding the Puerto Escondido Event: The 2012 IBA Zicatela Pro Mexico will take place! Revised dates of 27 September – 6 October 2012
From the IBA website update details:
Over 400 of the $30 Salvemos Puerto T shirts have been sold to date. Australia continues to lead the charge with the number of sales representing 25% of all sales globally, Brazil is the country showing the 2nd most level of support with 15% of global sales. France is 3rd place representing 12% of sales globally. The USA, UK and Portugal have all shown strong levels of support each representing ~10% of global sales.
Over 100 of the event sponsor merchandise packs have been sold to date.
Only 61 people have chosen to pay $5 for the 30 minute documentary of the IBA Mexico documentary.
The IBA Salvemos Puerto t shirts and the merchandise packs are starting to be sent out globally from this week. People who have ordered items please be on the lookout for your goods, though please be patient as international shipping may take a number of weeks to arrive from this point. Once they arrive wear them with pride and please spread the word for others to support the campaign by purchasing the IBA Salvemos Puerto merchandise.
We are still a long way short of the target number of sales. The level of sales will need to double form here for there to be confirmation of a LIVE webcast from the event.
The IBA thank you all that have supported the IBA Salvemos Puerto campaign to date. Please continue to support the campaign and spread the word to your social networks
Copyright 2011 IBA World Tour
A couple cool video recaps of the Island Challenge:
Shark Island Challenge 2012 – https://vimeo.com/46410486
All The Drunken Losers (LeBoogie Mag) – Shark Island 2012 – https://vimeo.com/46354118
Yeah Mitch ! Massive congrats ! A well deserved win !
The 2012 NMD Shark Island Challenge was run and won today in wild 2 meter waves at the notorious Shark Island break in the south of Sydney.
20 of the World best Bodyboarders were invited to compete in this International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) Specialty event that has a 3 month waiting period and 1 day of frantic competition.
Mitch Rawlins (QLD) dominated the competition from the first heat of the day and looked like the man to beat. Other standouts in the early rounds included Jacob Romero from Hawaii, Jason Finlay (NSW) and Damian King (NSW).
The 4 man final was a memorable one with Mitch Rawlins exchanging waves with other finalists Ewan Donnachie (NSW), Jason Finlay (NSW) and Damian King (NSW). It was Mitch who came out on top with some amazing barrel riding skills on the largest waves of the final, thrilling the big crowd in the water and on the land.
Mitch watch quoted as saying “this is the event that every Bodyboarder wants to win and I am happy I can now say I have won the Shark Island Challenge, even if only one time.”
The IBA World Tour now moves onto Europe for the IBA Sintra Pro in Portugal on the 28th August, which is event 5 of 8.
For more info simply go to IBA World Tour website www.ibaworldtour.com and facebook pages
Go support bodyboarding and the IBA and make it happen, buy a SALVEMOS PUERTO t-shirt now !
It’s easy, go there, buy a t-shirt and this way the Puerto Escondido event will happen and the city of Puerto will benefit from the event as well: http://shop.ibaworldtour.com/
We just bought a t-shirt. Paypal or Credit Cards allowed, don’t hesitate, go get one!
So far 168 persons worldwide purchased some merchandise for the campaign and currently the IBA has raised just over $8,000 – they need $100,000 to make it happen. How come only 168 bodyboarders bought a t-shirt ?! WTF ?! Come on !!! They have 3000 tees to sell !!!
Puerto Escondido, commonly referred to as “The Mexico Pipeline“, is an internationally recognized surfing paradise and desperately needs the help of the global surf community.
The town of Puerto Escondido was devastated by Hurricane Carlotta on Friday 15th June, 2012. Two children died when their house was taken by a mudslide, and one 56-year-old woman passed away when the wind from the category 2 hurricane flipped her car. The beach side town has been severely damaged and is in need of urgent assistance to rebuild this community that thrives on tourism.
The Puerto Escondido lifeguards are in need of help due to all damage cause by the hurricane. They used to have 8 towers along the beach at Playa Zicatela and now there’s not a single one of them. This is just one example of what is required to help rebuild the local community; another is to promote tourism back to the area to stimulate the local economy.
The International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) has launched a global campaign to “Salvemos Puerto” (Save Puerto).
The IBA is looking to raise US$100,000 for the base funding to stage the IBA Zicatella Pro at Puerto Escondido from August 8 – August 18, 2012. The event will be used as a platform to achieve the primary objectives of:
Driving tourism to the town of Puerto Escondido and to promote the area as a safe tourist destination in order to drive the local economy
Raise funds and mobilise resources to rebuild the 8 lifeguard towers at Playa Zicatela.
The core campaign is to sell 5000 “Salvemos Puerto” t shirts @ $30 each to raise the required funding to achieve the above objectives.
The Bodyboard Industry has also donated over $150,000 of merchandise at no cost to help raise the required funds. The following limited merchandise packs will be made available for sale with all funds raised going to the Salvemos Puerto Campaign:
$60 pack (x500 units);
$80 pack (x250 units); and
$100 pack (x500 units)
Turbo Surf Designs, Reeflex Wetsuits, Inverted Bodyboarding and Freedom Fins are donating products for each of the packs so that the retail value of each pack far exceeds the ticket price. As such it is a legitimate offering in its own right.
The campaign is to raise the first $100,000 prior to 8th July via merchandise sales through to the conclusion of the event via a viral campaign to raise awareness and funding globally.
Go to ibaworldtour.com for detailed info.
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