Not to be confused with the NBA, the IBA (International Bodyboarding Association) has been a mainstay to top Kaua’i bodyboarders and at the latest event, the Rockstar Games Honolua Bay Pro on O’ahu, Lihu’e’s David “Dub” Hubbard drove his way near the top with a fourth-place finish.
According to the IBA (ibatour.com) website, “Dub” pulled in to a cavernous tube and finished with a massive air reverse (aerial reverse 360), projecting him way out on the flats. The judges awarded him with a 9.0 out of 10.
But Hubbard wasn’t done on Wednesday and dominated on Thursday as well, with a drop knee championship win.
The success at the event will surely move Hubbard closer to the top of the world tour rankings.
So far, Hubbard is ranked second in the world with 2,123 points and is the only American ranked in the top 50.
Brazil’s Uri Valadao is the top ranked bodyboarder with 2,292 points.
Other Kaua’i standouts at the event included Kepa Kruse, Tim Hamilton, Jeff Hubbard, Travis Smith, and David Phillips.
Smith, 12, is a rising star in the bodyboarding world, charged the waves, just like a veteran.
After hitting a critical section above a beastly wave, Smith said, “I didn’t know what to do with that set, it just pounded me.”
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.