Jeff Hubbard: bragging rights in Puerto Escondido

Jeff Hubbard has conquered the 2011 Zicatela Pro after beating Ryan Hardy, in epic wave bodyboarding conditions held in the primary venue of Puerto Escondido, in Mexico.

The final was battled in 10-to-15-footsets breaking in with a jet ski assist. It was one of the best bodyboarding days ever surfed in the glorious South American peak. Watch the highlights.

Big swell, long period and inside super power close-outs. The main ingredients were cooked for an insane duel between two experienced big wave riders. It was a true Australia versus Hawaii gladiators battle.

Hubbard opened with the biggest air reverse of the entire event, in a scary white water bomb. Unfortunately for him, he could come out of the powerful foam: 5 points. Hardy answered with a smaller but completed wave: 4.5 points. The judges wanted big waves and big moves and the bodyboarders out in the line-up knew that.

After the initial waves, the final entered a lull period and few waves were ridden. As time passed by Hardy looked to improve his low scoring. He caught a medium-sized wave to equal things with Hubbard: 10.5. Unbelievable. The last six minutes got everybody cheering out in the beach.

Then, it was Hubbard's time. A huge inverted air changes things for his side. He could only claim it: 8.5 points.

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Ryan Hardy: bottom lover

The final eight bodyboarders have been decided to fight for the 2011 Zicatela Pro, in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Standouts included Ryan Hardy, Ben Player and Jared Houston. Hardy managed to find his momentum in Round 3, walking away with a win, to securing the final slot into Round 4.

Matching up against Magno Oliviera, Hardy remained consistent, fending off the Brazilian, as he did at stop two of the IBA GSS Tour in the Box Pro final in April 2011.

Heat 2 of the day saw Guilherme Tamega, defeat Joe Clarke. Tamega, a multiple World Champion knows all to well what is required to win. At ease in big surf and fresh off a win at the previous GSS event in Chile, the seasoned Brazilian is bound to go down without a fight.

“I like big conditions, but at the same time it’s really tough. It’s just so rewarding when you get a big barrel, there is no replacement for that,” Tamega added.

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Magno Oliveira: he lives inside barrels

Deep tube riding performances pumped another day of action at the 2011 Agit/Turbo Zicatela Pro, held in 4-to-6 waves at Puerto Escondido, Mexico. The best 16 riders have already been chosen.

The Round 4 will feature a series of eight man-on-man heats. Magno Oliveira and Dave Hubbard, seeds No. 1 and 2 respectively, were the only competitors to win all of their leaderboard phase heats. Dave Winchester managed to win his Round 3 heat today and secure himself the 3rd seed slot into Round 4.

Mitch Rawlins also won his Round 3 heat, posting the highest wave score of the day, a high-flying invert, rewarded by the judges with 8.25 points out of 10. Rawlins shares a combined Leaderboard score of 14 points with fellow Australians Ben Player, Joe Clarke, Ryan Hardy and Michael Novy, who have all won their Round 3 heats.

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