I feel so blessed to have won my Third IBA World Title. I can not thank my family, friends and fans enough for all the amazing support over the last 24 months. Coming second in 2011 was really tough and to be able to come back all year long and finish 2012 on top with 3 GSS tour wins was an amazing feeling that I will never forget. MAHALO!!!
Reeflex Wetsuits USA has signed agreements with Hawaiian bodyboarders, Jeff Hubbard and Dave Hubbard.
California, USA – July 3, 2012 – Reeflex USA announces today that Jeff and Dave Hubbard have joined the Reeflex Wetsuits USA team. They will be joining Jacob Vandervelde on the U.S team. Reeflex Australia has established the brand with an epic team of their own, including Dave Winchester, Ryan Hardy, Andrew Lester, and Mark McCarthy.
Jeff Hubbard is a two time IBA World Champion, ten time USBA Champion, and reigning back to back IBA Pipeline Champion. His amazing riding style and professionalism has made him a legend among the bodyboarding community. Hubb says – “I am excited to be a part of the great Reeflex team and able to support a 100% bodyboard brand here in the USA, as well as all across the globe.”
Dave Hubbard is a past IBA World Champion (drop knee), and reigning drop knee and prone US Champion. His ability to excel at prone, drop knee, and stand up is a testament to his versatility and elite status. Dubb says – “I’m really excited to be riding the same suits as my brother again. If you want to ride the best, you have to use the best.”
Reeflex wetsuits are known for their warmth and comfort. In addition, they strongly support the sport.
I have really been enjoying my time at home on Kauai a lot over the last few weeks. Recently, I had a great but long trip overseas to Australia for two IBA contests and to Bali and Java for lots of free surfing and photos for Movement Mag. The WEST Oz trip was super fun I had a week in Margaret River with my brother and friends and had some sweet waves at the Box for the IBA contest. It was Refreshing to see Mitch Rawlins and Jacob Romero do so well as both are great free surfers but don’t always get lucky in comps, but they did Perform at the Box. From there I went to Bali and Java with Ben Player for a Movement trip with Sasha Spex taking photos, and we had a blast surfing great waves every day, all day. It was a very different trip hanging out with friends with no contest pressure and also seeing indo again as I had not been there for quite a long time. After that I was back on the east coast of Oz hanging with “mates” and competing in the IBA Port Macquarie Festival of Bodyboarding. It was actually relaxing just to hang out near the beach and compete every day and surf at the so called “Capital of bodyboarding In Australia” with so many positive people and amazing riders. I won the contest which was really special as the final had some great waves and talent and the boys were ripping hard. After that I got to hangout in Cronulla for a few days and surf fun waves at Shark Island, and get ready for the Invitational contest there in a few months. So now my stint on Kauai and home is winding down. I am thrilled to have been surfing and hanging out with friends and family every day here recharging my batteries for my next adventure. I will be heading to Chile for the IBA Arica chile challenge and then to southern california for the USBA US open of bodyboarding, then to Brazil for the IBA Brazil Pro, then finally to Oahu hawaii to compete in the USBA sandy beach pro. So i’ll be a road warrior for the next couple months and that should prove very entertaining and adventurous. Good times await ahead always.
The IBA Pipeline Challenge 2012 was one for the memory banks. Amazing waves, and critical performances. I was blessed to come out on top again and defend my Pipe title. Making it my 4th Pipe contest victory and first IBA repeat victory since Arica in 2005-2006. What a great way to start 2012. Thanks everyone ).
The IBA Pipeline Pro starts tomorrow and I am so excited to surf some amazing waves with only 3 other guys out. The forecast looks really great. I surf on Friday and am ready for it. I have been practicing for this contest since the beginning of the year, and the last few days we have had some fun waves but really crowded yet I still had some fun time practicing. Andrew Rams, Glenn and a few others took a few images of me at the Banzai. Thanks fellas !!
Happy New Year. I had a fun break from my sweet life of a Pro Bodyboarder these last weeks from Christmas through New Years. As I was home on Kauai relaxing with my family, surfing with friends and just basically chilling out!! It was awesome. I hope every one had a great holiday experience as well. I got to surf Pipe today for the first time in a long time and I was stoked. It was nothing big or epic but just fun to be back amongst it all again. 2012 looks great so far. Here are a few photos Andrew Rams snapped of me today. As well as some video edits I did over the holiday break, ENJOY!!
I was able to come ome early from from my last trip and so I have even more time in Hawaii before my next adventure. Three whole weeks I think. After shaking off the jet lag I had some fun waves up on the north shore for the first time in 5 months. It was great to get back amongst the power and north shore vibe. Here are some photos Andrew Rams, Glen Yoza and Claudia took. Thanks Guys.
The contest in Puerto Escondido Mexico was amazing. I had such a great trip hanging out with my friends while staying at the awesome Aqua Luna Hotel and Surfing great warm water waves at Zigatela and Punta Colorada every day. I am super happy to be home for a few days preparing for my next trip to the IBA event #5 in Sintra, Portugal. Before I leave I thought I would update the blog with some cool photos the IBA crew Sasha Specker and Ray Collins took of me whilst I was competing in Mex. You guys are legends. And a huge thanks to all my friends and family and fans that always are so supportive you guys are awesome. My brother dave gets an extra shout out as he was so great helping me stay focused and relaxed during those final two heats, Mahalo bro.
I had a great last week in Hawaii before I depart for the IBA Puerto event. The 4th annual Keiki Oceanfest went amazing on Saturday. The kids were ripping harder than ever, the non profit’s were so cool and all the volunteers and sponsors were so helpful. It could not have gone better. Then my wife, my brothers and I kayaked the Napali coast all day on Sunday we did the 16mile journey with about 5 hours of paddling and 3 hours relaxing on the beach swimming, bodysurfing, and seeing waterfalls ect. It was beyond awesome. Then Monday I paddled an hour up the coast in to a secret spot with Timmy, KLUM and D-Phil and surfed some slamming beach break wedges. Tuesday I took my wife to get well earned massages and out to an awesome dinner. On Wed. Thursday and (hopefully ) Friday I went back to training at Half Point.
I feel great and am very amped to for the IBA event. I leave for Mexico on Saturday and I hope to be getting shacked in Mexico on Sunday afternoon. Mahalo for all the support. Aloha
My favorite spot to train in the summer for my upcoming IBA contests is Half Point at Sandy Beach. It has rights and lefts, ramps, barrels, shallow reef and a strong current. Andrew Rams snapped a few photos of me today during one of my daily training sessions. It is like this almost every day, and helps keep me fit and on point whilst at home. Thanks Half Point …