Jeff Hubbard: going up in the rankings

Jeff Hubbard has come out victorious at the 2012 IBA Turbo Zicatela Pro, at Puerto Escondido, Mexico.


The Hawaiian charger defeated six-time world bodyboarding champion Guilherme Tamega, from Brazil, with a high flying air roll and deep barrels in the final heat.

Hubbard collected his second Zicatela Pro title and the world title race has heated up between the top four seeds, as the 2012 IBA World Tour enters the last two stages.

The two-time world champion fell victim of the non-elimination Round 4, 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 and managed to keep his momentum, topping Magno Passos, 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 in the quarterfinal and current ratings leader Dave Winchester 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, everything is possible. Puerto Rico or Canary Islands will decide who claims gold.

2012 IBA World Tour rankings after Zicatela Pro:
 
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