Hubbard's Hometown Glory

HAWAIIAN hometown hero Jeff Hubbard, won the first event of the 2011 International Bodyboard Association World Tour, the IBA Pipeline Pro, finishing-up in one-to-two metre waves at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii.

It was the third win at the break for Hubbard, who today earned 2000 valuable GSS ratings points, US$6000 and the all-important lead in the race for the 2011 IBA World Title.

"I felt like I was surfing form behind all day … I finally got in a rhythm in the finals at the very last minute. But I was in combo-land for 17 minutes. I thought to myself, 'what's happened?'. I just felt totally out of rhythm again. I thought I have to dig deep, it's my local spot, it's the final - no one was giving an inch. So I just tried harder and it all fell together," said Hubbard.

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Ed Temperley

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