Jeff Hubbard: the world seen by one of the brothers

The 2010 Body Glove USBA Tour moves next to The Dave and Busters Sandy Beach Pro on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. With over twenty years of history the Sandy Beach Pro is ready to move into a new era. The beach that jumped started the sport of Professional Bodyboarding has continued to produce top notch talent.

Just coming off a win at the US Open in the Open Amateur division Oahu’s Trevor “Bu La “ Kam is looking to step it up in and make a run in the Pro division while still competing as an amateur.

Jacob Romero (Maui) is coming off his first USBA tour win ever at the US Open and is looking to build momentum off this win with a good shot at taking down six time USBA tour winner Jeff Hubbard (Kauai). JB Hillen of (Waianae, Oahu) is coming off a huge win in the 13-17 at the US Open ready to take on the nations best once again.

David Hubbard’s Drop Knee dominance in California will be challenged once again at Sandys with a huge talent pool, which is responsible for his progression year after year. Dave’s close friend from Kauai Bud Miyamato will be the first one in line to de thrown Dave’s 2009 title Sandy Beach Pro DK title.

From the main land we will see top contenders arrive on Oahu in the coming weeks. Names such as Maryland’s Brian Steorh (current US Drop Knee Champion) and California’s top USBA contender Jeremy Wright will be on hand for the event.

Also now living in Hawaii but originally from California Wally Sani will be a name to watch in the Drop Knee Pro division. The stage is set and the talent pool aplenty. Only time will tell who will be The 2010 Dave & Buster’s Sandy Beach Pro Champion.

Check in for competitors will be on Friday the 9th at Dave and Busters of Honolulu from 6pm – 8:pm.

Dave Winchester: he knows the Rebel well

After a two-month break the Rebel Sport Pro Tour will restart on the mid north coast of NSW with the Port Macquarie Pro on July 15th – 18th.

Once again the event will be coupled with the second round of the NSW State Bodyboarding titles and organizers expect over 200 competitors across the 4 days of competition.

Current ratings leader Jared Houston from South Africa will be present along with Port local and former World Champion Damian King.

Both King and Houston are also positioned in the top of the IBA World Tour rankings and will both jet off to Europe after the event to chase the World Championship.

The two riders are in a commanding position after strong performances in the 5 Star event at Soldiers Beach in April.

“I am in Australia for the Shark Island Challenge and it works out well for me to do this event” said Houston. “I am stoked to be leading this tour, it’s the hardest domestic circuit in the world and hopefully I can return after Europe for the final leg”.

Defending Rebel Sport Pro champion Corey McLean is currently positioned in 27th spot on the rankings and is determined to finish strong and a shaky start to his title defense. “It wasn’t the start I’d been hoping for” said McLean. “I am now living on the South Coast of NSW and have been surfing a lot of reefs and feel that the change of scenery has improved my riding in the few months”.

The Rebel Sport Pro Tour will head to WA and SA in August before winding up in November on the Gold Coast.

The event has been made possible by the support of the Port Macquarie / Hastings council and events coordinator and former rugby Union player Mark Ella has been instrumental in the deal.

“The council are very happy to welcome back top level bodyboarding to the region. Port is the only place in the World to produce two World bodyboarding champions in Michael Eppelstun & Damian King, and the town is still producing champions to this day” said Ella.

The event kicks off at town beach at 7am on Thursday 15th July with the presentation from 4pm on Sunday 18th.

Wedge Classic: always prestigious

The much anticipated SABA Wedge Classic is the 3rd event and final event before S.A Champs on the prestigious 2010 South African Bodyboarding Association circuit with points counting towards the crowning of the year end SABA champions. The event will be held between 5th and 11th July.

Carrying a splendid 5A rating, the highest rated event this year, the Classic is expected to attract over 150 entrants and many of SA’s best bodyboarders from around the country to battle it out for valuable SABA points, prize money and of course the coveted “King of the Wedge” title.

The contest is the longest standing event in South Africa and 2010 will be its 16th year. Held at the Wedge in Plettenberg Bay, one of SA’s most desirable bodyboarding venues, the Classic is a firm favourite on tour, always delivering on the fun factor for competitors and spectators alike.

At this particular surf spot, the waves break so close to the beach, that it offers spectators an ideal view. The beach is buzzing throughout the entire contest and there is an atmosphere that can only be described as, "The Wedge Classic".

The Wedge is known for its unpredictable nature and a lot will depend on the forces of Mother Nature as to whether the swell that all the riders are hoping for, arrives. The Wedge seems to favour a solid south-west ground swell which seems to produce the insane waves that make the Wedge so famous and unique.