Mike Stewart fails to qualify for 2012 IBA World Tour

December 9, 2011 | Bodyboarding
Mike Stewart: the bodyboard scientist

Mike Stewart hasn't requalified for next year's IBA World Tour. After losing two heats in a row, the 9-time world bodyboarding champion, went down.

Guilherme Tamega, went over to his long time adversary and gave him a long hug, during the Fronton Pro, in Gran Canaria.

It’s the first time in modern bodyboarding the world's best bodyboarders will not be competing against the man who invented half the moves in their repertoires.

Mike Stewart competed at the highest level of bodyboarding since the early 90s. He will be missed, but his career is surely not over. The early exit of the iconic Hawaiian happened in a day full of eight hours of bodyboarding. Guilherme Tamega is no longer a world title contender.

Jeff Hubbard could win his third world title tomorrow, if Pierre-Louis Costes and Ryan Hardy do not win their fourth round heats. Hardy cannot win a world title if Hubbard makes the semi-finals, nor can Costes if he and Hubbard are in the final together.

The Hawaiian takes on international wildcard, Jason Finaly, in the first heat of the day. Diego Cabrera, from the Canary Islands, had not made the top 16 cut off all year until today. He needs to make the semi-finals to push Michael Novy out of 16th spot and requalify for next year’s tour.

Dallas Singer had to win his third round heat to make the top 16 cut off. He pulled off the second highest scoring heat of the day, landing two large rib-busting inverts and made the cut.

Australian Ryan Hardy back-flipped out of the deep barrel he pulled into and got the first ten of the event.

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