Guilherme Tamega wins the Dave & Buster's Sandy Beach Pro

July 13, 2010 | Bodyboarding

Dave & Buster's Sandy Beach Pro: a GTi bodyboarder won the event

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. Guilherme 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.

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 battled 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 by 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!


Men's Pro
1. Guilherme Tamega, Brasil
2. Jeff Hubbard, Hawaii
3. Spencer Skipper, Hawaii
4. Trevor Kam, Hawaii

Women's Pro
1. Karla Costa-Taylor, Brasil/Hawaii
2. Claudia Ferrari, Hawaii, Brasil
3. Roberta Bitzer, Brasil
4. Kelly Gordon, Hawaii

Drop Knee
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

Stand Up
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
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