Dave Hubbard conquers the IBA DKWT

As far as exciting action goes it doesn’t get much better than today at the last event on the IBA World Tour event at Confital.

It all started with the Drop knee final.

Up for grabs was a IBA DKWT title and the two guys in the race this year were both in the final. Ardiel Jiminez from the Canary Islands and Dave Hubbard from Hawaii both chased events in Ferrol (Spain) Isla De margarita (Venezuela) and here at Confital in an attempt to capture the crown.

It was a 45-minute affair and the lead seesawed back and fourth between the two but in the end Ardiels tight snappy frontside gouges proved more effective and he took first place.

“ I am stoked!! This is the best feeling ever to win at home…. I can’t explain my feeling” said an elated Jiminez.

Dave Hubbard (AKA Dubb) was happy with second as he scored enough points to secure the World title.

This was Dave’s third World Championship after claiming victory in 1995/96.

“ Yeh for sure I am stoked Bro” said the cruizey Hawaiian.

“ I really hope that more of the promoters attach DKWT events to the Championship next year and that more underground riders come and get involved” said Dubb.

Third place went to Australian Dave Winchester and Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) finished fourth.

The event went on hold at this point, as El Confital is not a low tide friendly break.


El Confital 2008 

Day two at Confital dished up some astounding performances as the Top seeds in the Women’s hit the water for first time in clean 3-4 feet barrels.

The swell was marginally smaller than yesterday but some of the sections were bordering on sublime.

When riders paddled into the good ones, the whole point just rose to their feet in anticipation. A hundred metres of clean glassy wall with a dog leg end bowl to die for…this is the sort of stuff that you drool over in your dreams.

To start the day the riders in R3 went to work off the back of an early low tide and David Galindo set a great standard with a solid win in heat 1.

Other heat winners from round three were Kevin Orihuela (Esp) AitorOjeda (Esp) Jofre Gonzalez (Esp) Jose’ De La Cruz (Esp) Miguel Micias (Esp) Yusako Kyotani (Japan) and Alvaro Padron (Esp)

With the tide coming in and a huge crowd building the stage was set for an incredible showdown with four girls all vying for the IBA World Women’s crown.

Jessica Becker, Isabella Sousa & Neymara Carvalho all from Brazil and the lone European Eunate Aguirre from Spain all needed to progress out of round 1 and the pressure was on from the get go.
In heat 1 Rita Pires (Port) and Emma Cobb (Aust) were just too strong for Catarina Sousa and Rio Clarke.

Heat two went to Former World Champion Marina Taylor (Cny) with Eunate Agirre (Spn) outclassing Neuza Mochacho (Port)

Heat three saw an upset when Isabella Sousa was beaten in third place by Luz Marie Gran Perez (Prc) and Jessica Becker (Brz)

Isabella was humble in defeat.


El Confital 

The storybook ending to the IBA World Bodyboard Tour continued today at El Confital in the Canary Islands with perfect 3-5 footers greeting competitors in the opening two rounds of the Men’s competition.

Unlike our Pro Surfing counterparts, the race for a World Championship has never been closer and this final event at El Confital in the Canary Islands is delivering a Grand Stand finish to an amazing year of competition.

Three IBA World Titles are up for grabs with the Men’s, Women’s and Drop Knee champions all being decided this week.

Everything about this set-up is incredible.

The structure is massive and the crowds of passionate spectators are intense, but its the wave itself that steals the show.

A perfect right hand point with a ramping end bowl that allows for highflying aerobatics or deep tube rides. It’s the ultimate arena for the showdown of the millennium.
Today the locals showed the worlds best how to ride Confital with a fearless approach to the opening rounds.

Emesto Evana (Esp) was the days top scorer taking both the single highest score and best two wave combo to stamp himself as a serious contender.

The other highlights were coming thick and fast.

Every time you looked to the line-up some local was fanging down the line and busting mind-boggling moves.