Dave and Busters Sandy Beach Pro: small waves in great spirit

Today saw some amazing action, which was aided by a solid south swell and a rising tide at Half Point (Sandy Beach, Oahu).

The waves pulsed all day long which allowed for an amazing event start with big amateur performances from Keanu Casemerio, JB Hillen and Trevor Kam.

These three where neck and neck all day, trading Air Roll Spins and Air Reverses in every heat they sat foot in. Keanu had a stand out heat in his Amateur trails that seeded him into the Pro event to compete against the best the US has to offer. He started off the heat with a solid barrel to Air Roll Spin, which set the tone for the rest of his day.

The Pro Drop Knee heats where once again all about Kauai, with David Hubbard leading the pack but Bud Myiamoto stealing the show with a massive front side air in his first round heat. Sammy Morretino the youngest (12) of the Kauai domination was nothing short of phenomenal, throwing big backside tail slides and bigger front side turns.

In the prone Jacob Romero showed he is on a new level of progression with a solid barrel to large scale back flip to send a few locals packing. Jeff Hubbard was consistent as always and made it through with flying colors by flying high. Paul Benco made his main round heat in the dying seconds. He progressed with a deep barrel to roll against David Hubbard and 6x World Champ Guilherme Tamega to move on into the quarters.

More to come on the final day of competition with quarter’s finals through finals of all divisions tomorrow.

USBA Science Hawaii Tour: hey, this is a bodyboarding contest

Today was all about shear Kauai dominance. Out island riders did have a good showing with Ha’a Auweloa placing 1st in his early heats to make it all the way to the semis. This locked in his first event title at the USBA SCIENCE Hawaii regional tour in the 13-18 division. Outside of Ha’a it was a show put on by the locals.

Matt Holttzman took out two divisions with a marathon run of back-to-back heats to win both 13-18 and Open Amateur.

The current generation of Kauai rippers held their heads high with Brandon Buzza making multiple finals and Bud Myiamoto winning the DK Open division. The story of the day was Buds runner up Sammy Morretino who almost edged out but with on 12 years planet thus far, this kids is the next Generation of Drop Knee from Kauai.

Science Bodyboards Hawaii recognized this and immediately picked the young ripper up to add to the HI team. Noah Holwaff took out the most Stand up division, which is a popular bragging rights division amongst the Kauaians.

It was a great event to finalize the USBA SCIENCE HAWAII REGIONAL TOUR. Next stop is the National USBA event the Dave and Busters Sandy Beach Pro. All division winners from the Science Hawaii regional tour will gain a free entry into the Sandy Beach Pro.

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.