The final day of the 2008 SCION NYBB Pro Presented by Verizon Wireless was nothing short of an amazing event.

Mother Nature was the events best friend today as tropical storm Hana had moved off the coast of NY providing swell and offshore/cross shore winds for the first round of the Men’s Pro.

Starting off the contest was a focused Jeremy Wright who progressed through his heat with ease, along with a Puerto Rico’s Jorge Colomar.

In heat two of round one Jason Bitzer seemed to have a field day with the solid conditions linking a barrel to roll to barrel combo and a solid invert to back up his first wave for the win. Miguel Ochoa of Long Beach did his home town proud placing second to an on fire Jeff Hubbard who was keeping the level of surfing high through the event.

An upset went down with three Californian riders going down in round one. Rusty Friesen, Ray Machado and Justin Crossman all could not find their rhythm and were headed back to NYC to enjoy the rest of their vacations. Willy Petrovick (HI), David Phillps (HI), Sean Kircher (NY) and Brian Stoehr (MD) all put together solid performances pushing them through to the quarter final round.

Hawaiian hero Jonah Romero was not as fortunate and was left on the beach to watch his brother Jacob advance into the next round.

In the quarters, much of the local talent started to lose their steam after great first round efforts. Names such as former East Coast Champ John Heyman and famous photographer Matt Clack along with local charger Tim Seif (all from Long Island), where taken down along with NJ talent Ryan Wade.

Just prior to the Semi final heats the winds had shifted more west making the offshore conditions more textured and difficult to read. This left riders like Jason Bitzer( NJ/HI), Miguel Ochoa (NY),Sean Kricher (NY) and Brian Stoehr (MD) off their game. Jason and Brian finished 3rd and 4th in their heats respectively, both not finding the second score they needed to advance.

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Mark McCarthy

The final day at Ferrol was amazing.

Mark McCarthy was stoked to finally win his maiden victory on the IBA Tour, in Spain. Second was Uri Valadao, third was Rene Xavier and Ben Player was fourth.

"Yeh I am stoked. Finally a dream come true to make a final on the IBA Tour and win it....for sure", said Mark.

"Yeh it was pretty  close but I always knew that I was just one good wave away from the lead and when it came I was really happy".

"I would like to dedicate this win to a very close friend of mine Ian Patton".

Ferrol 2008

The third and final leg of the IBA European events got underway today at Doninos Beach in Ferrol and the waves at this stage are shaping up well with lots of swell forecast for the four day window.

Along with the Men’s event the first round of the 2008 IBA World DK Tour will be contested with US$5000 and 1000 championship points up for grabs. Hawaiian Dave Hubbard is fired up to do well in both disciplines and is stoked to see the IBA DK World Tour finally taking shape.

“Yeh I am really happy that the guys at Surfusiom are leading the way with an International event. There’s a lot of guys still ripping around the Globe on the knee and they deserve a dedicated World Tour” said Dubb.

The Men’s Tour event is also shaping up well with most of the title contenders heading to Ferrol to gain any points they can as the race for the 2008 IBA World Crown tightens up.

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