- 16 July 2010 | Bodyboarding
The first day of the Pro event in Port Macquarie was amazing!
The event was moved to North wall and it turned out to be a great decision as some of Australia's best bodyboarders put on a real show for the crowd on hand.
Some of the standout's included world Tour competitors Damian King and Jared Houston as well as Nathan Branch and Tom Rigby.
Rigby scored the best two wave combination of the day with an incredible display in the perfect 3 footers that bounced off the wall.
"That quarter final was amazing" said Rigby. "Everyone was so pumped and the waves were insane so I was stoked to win it"
The event continues tomorrow with all competitors to meet at Town beach at 7am for an 8am start.
If the event is back at North wall follow the road past McDonalds all the way to the end. Take the car ferry across the river to the other side and turn right and follow to the end.
- 14 July 2010 | Bodyboarding
Neymara Carvalho, five-time World Champion, said that she´ll will not compete on the entire IBA World Women's Tour this year.
During this season, the Brazilian bodyboarder, will compete only in Brazilian events.
Neymara aims to do some filming for her movie and capture her image to Brazilian fans. Neymara is one of the great icons of Bodyboarding in world and her goal is to come back to the World Tour in 2011 and try to get her 6th World TitIe.
This move has opened the door for the next wave of women world champions Like Eunate Aguirre and Isabella Sousa.
- 13 July 2010 | Bodyboarding
Sandy Beach delivered the goods for the Dave and Buster's Pro, part of the USBA Body Glove Tour today. Surf was in the 3-6 foot face range with epic high tide half point (surf break) rights and lefts. Gulilherme Tamega, 37 from Brazil, took top honors in the highly contested Pro Men's division.
"It's really good to be at Sandy Beach," exclaimed Tamega. "It was a hard final, I knew I had to get the best waves and I could hear the crowd cheer for the Hawaiians, so I had to get through that."
It was a close match. Current World Champion, Kauai's Jeff Hubbard, snagged waves right at the horn and had the crowd screaming at the get go. The final was a high performance battle as the lead changed several times during the 25-minute heat. Watch the final highlights.
Local favorite Treavor Kam lit up the water in three finals in the afternoon. Kam, just 18 and a Sandy Beach local, had the gallery screaming at his every move.
" This was so great", said Kam. "I love it, it's good to perform at Sandy's in front of the home crowd. I am stoked to beat a couple of the guys I look up to." "It's good to see Kam doing well here, he is the future", said Hubbard. "Yeah the young guys were pushing hard", said Tamega. " He made so many finals today, he is on a roll, that is great for the sport." Trevor was the first USBA rider to compete as an Amateur and make it into a Pro division final. The Pro Division batteled it out for a $6,000 dollar prize purse.
Tamega (Men's Pro Champion) is a six time World Champion and won the final with a tube ride to air roll spin (one maneuver) to air roll on a right. Taking top honors for the big air award was Jacob Romero who scored perfectly on an incredible back flip on day one of competition.
In the Drop Knee Pro it was Jeff's bro Dave Hubbard who edged out Bud Miyamoto (both from Kauai) for top honors. "It was a tough final with really good waves, it is good to take home the Trophy against such a high caliber of riders", said Hubbard.
The Woman's pro was handled by Karla Costa Taylor. Taylor scored high on an air roll spin and solid combination waves just beating out Claudia Ferrari. Both Brazilian Women are now living in Hawaii. Taylor is making her come back after having two beautiful boys.
"I reached my goal and I am happy that I have gotten my surfing back up to pro standards, this was a great event and the waves were so fun, I am happy." Karla has also clinched her first event USBA National title at the Dave and Busters Sandy Beach Pro after wins at the USBA US Open and North Shore Soap Factory Pipe Girls Pro USBA events.
Claudia Ferrari (Hawaii/Brazil), Roberta Bitzer (Brazil/Hawaii) and Kelly Gordon (Maui) where not far behind placing in the above order. All girls surfed with precision and there was only 1 point between 2nd and 3rd and again between 3rd and 4th. Roberta Bitzer former two time USBA National Champion said "I have broken my 2010 curse of not making a final" and is now looking to join Karla Costa Taylor on the world tour again in 2011.
The Body Glove USBA tour has grown exponentially over the past five years and was founded by Jason Bitzer in 2005. This tour is run buy Bodyboarders for Bodyboarders to support a three tier system supporting athletes from Amateur to National Pro and on into the International ranking on the IBA world tour.
Each division has a reward system built to support its Champion's. National Amateurs are seeded into the National Pro ranks when a title is won.
The top 10 USBA riders receive a seed (spot) in the IBA World Pipeline Pro each year as a reward for their efforts the year prior. Congratulations to all the competitors and crew!
1. Guilherme Tamega, Brasil
2. Jeff Hubbard, Hawaii
3. Spencer Skipper, Hawaii
4. Trevor Kam, Hawaii
1. Karla Costa-Taylor, Brasil/Hawaii
2. Claudia Ferrari, Hawaii, Brasil
3. Roberta Bitzer, Brasil
4. Kelly Gordon, Hawaii
1. David Hubbard, Hawaii
2. Bud Miyamoto, Hawaii
3. Joshua Trotter, Hawaii
4. Blain Andrews, Hawaii
1. Treavor Kam, Hawaii
2. Keone Haina, Hawaii
3. Sammy Morretino, Hawaii
4. Codi Lucas, Hawaii
1. JB Hillen, Hawaii
2. Treavor Kam, Hawaii
3. Keanu Cazimero, Hawaii
4. Sammy Morretino, Hawaii
12 & Under
1. Patrick Orr
2. Kawaika Kamai
3. Shayden Wolf
4. Eli Lluellen
1. Drew Wong
2. Hopton Smith
3. Alan Lamphere
4. Joey Muller
Amateur Girls All Ages
1. Tayzia Lee Dakele
2. Kekai Reeves
3. Saydi Smith
4. Lelilei Jacobson
5. Carla Motta