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!!!
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 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.
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 …
Ok, I know half point over and over again all summer…. Yeah I cant wait for winter either. Luckily Rams takes some nice looking photos so the I can post some of them for you to see.
Also my boy David Phillips is holding down some mad skills with the camera these days filming and editing even ghost filming some sessions.He made cool clip of some surf we had the past weekend. Oh yeah .. He boogies pretty damn good too.
Click the link below to enjoy..
Also BIG Congrats to Dave Hubb for winning the prone and DK Divisions in Peurto today.
Here is the video clip now on vimeo from the Agent Eighteen press release.
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It was shot by Mark Balasbas here on Oahu before I left on my long trip. We had only a few days to shoot, so we did the lifestyles in the morning at home and down town and then also got a quick afternoon session in at half point and then the day I left I had one hour to film at Rocky Point before raced to the airport to grab a morning flight to Brazil. Mark FTP’ed the footage to Agent Eighteen and Bryce edited it all together very nicely.
Here is an interview that Riptide mag did with me that was supposed to accompany the press release but it never made the site but you can view it below.
On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 4:06 PM, Paul Balfe <email@example.com> wrote:
We are looking at getting a bit of an interview about your new signing with Agent Eighteen just to coincide with the press release they are putting out this week.
If you could answer the questions below and email them back that would be ace mate!
1. What was the attraction to sign with Agent 18?
The suit are so sick and they are expanding rapidly around the globe in to many new markets and I am positioned to help them promote the brand in these new areas.
2. What are your thoughts on their new suits?
They are the most amazing quality suits with the most cutting edge designs and features. I am so impressed on the wetsuits and craftsmanship that when I put on a suit I don’t even realize its there and that is exactly what you look for in a suit. The new ID Atlantic 4/3 is the warmest suit I have ever used.
3. What does this new sponsorship mean for your career?
I am really excited about this opportunity to work with such a proffesional group of individules that really care about the sport and know how to make an impact.
4. What does it mean for you personally?
It is awesome to be apart of something so different an unique and have an opportunity to help make things happen.
5. How did it feel to be a approached by such a prestigious brand?
I was really flattered that Agent Eighteen took an interest in me. They are really serious about pushing the brand, products, sport and myself to the next level all around the globe not just making it an Australia brand.
6. What is your direction going to be with Agent 18?
I am going to be working hard to increase the brand prescense around the globe, and to help collaberate with the design team to incorporate some exciting features to the next ranges.
7. Is this the first Australian brand you’ve signed with? And do you think it will garner you more exposure over here?
Yes, this is the first Australian brand that I have signed with and I think it will defintily be an incentive for me to get to Australia more often to work on the Agent Eighteen events that they have planned for the future, and that should result in more exposure for both me and Agent Eighteen.
8. How does it feel to be apart of a team that has so many big names in bodyboarding?
It feels sick as there as some diverse and unique indviduales working to push this brand. I also that I think the team complements each other really well and there are going to be some really cool future iniatives coming from our team.
9. Does this mark a new direction for Mr. J Hubb?
I think it means that I am still amped to keep pushing my riding as far as possble and to let me to help this brand be really creative and successful around the globe as well by working on some of the amazing projects that agent eighteen have been finializing.
10. Do you have anything new coming up?
I have So much to do and so little time. I have a few little projects I want to achomplish so we will see what happens in the next few months but I will definitly keep you boys at Riptide up to date.
11. How involved are you going to be with Agent 18?
The boys running the show are really on top of it so I have been working as close as possible to play catch up and help get the ball rolling from my end and I think that as the new ranges come out I will be working even closer to do my part to make Agent Eighteen the premier wetsuit brand in the sport world wide.
12. You had a fair few brands chasing you to sign, why was Agent 18 the best option?
The suits were the best I tried and I think that at the end of the day I wanted to ride for a label that was committed to bodyboarding and was interested in the big picture of the globalization of the sport, and that had a plan to capitalize on what I could offer to them.
Thanks for your time Jeff, I really appreciate it.
Here are a few photos of me testing out an Agent Eighteen 2.2 chest zip spring suit at Sandys before my trip.
Thanks to Andrew Rams for the photos
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” What a difference a day makes…. thanks god and Heather and family and friends for all your support on my journey for this world title love to you all”
Look for the “Hubb Welcome Home World Champ Promo and Party” this weekend in Hawaii starting at 662 Ride Shop in McCully Shopping Center and the party location to be announced soon! More Details to be announced shortly.