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JEFF HUBBARD WINS 2012 IBA ENCANTO PRO

Jeff Hubbard (HAW) has won the 2012 IBA Encanto Pro in rampy 4-6 foot waves at Middles Beach today. The 2x World Champion defeated wildcard Ruben “Babby” Quinones (PR) in the final with a total heat score of 16.55 vs 12.70.

After the final Quinones was carried and cheered up the beach by his friends and fans as he flew the Puerto Rican flag with pride.

When asked about his road to the final, Hubbard explained: “I was in focus mode all day. I was trying not to think about the title race or be too distracted by Winnies performance. It was hard, because he was killing it.”

On his road to the final, Hubbard defeated Andrew Lester (AUS) in Round 6 with 19 vs 14.21 in what can only be described as the performance of the event, scoring the only perfect 10 point ride of the men’s GSS event and backing it up with a near perfect 9 point ride to post the highest total heat score of the event. In the quarterfinal, he took down an inform Jared Houston (ZAF) 17.38 vs 16.7 who put up an excellent fight, especially in dying moments of the heat. The Brazilian Eder Luciano stood his ground and showed why he deserves to be in the top 16, but was stumped when the Hawaiian needed a big score and kept his calm as time ran out by launching a risky air-roll-spin in the final minute of the heat to take the win.

Hubbard added, “the waves and conditions were good today, so I did not have to worry about what I needed to do to advance through heats, I just went out and surfed like I would when I free surf.”

The Hawaiian clinched his 3rd GSS event victory today, rocketing him back into the lead on the rankings, putting the pressure back onto Dave Winchester (AUS) who will have to improve on a 3rd place finish if he is to challenge Hubbard for the 2012 world title.

Go here for the detailed story on the 2012 IBA world title race 

 

10 highest single wave score of the Men’s GSS event

 

Jeff Hubbard [HAW] – Round 06 Heat 32 – 10

 

Jared Houston [ZAF] – Round 03 Heat 20 – 9.88

 

Jared Houston [ZAF] – Round 01 Heat 08 – 9.75

 

Renato Arellano – Round 01 Heat 08 – 9.63

 

Roberto Bruno [BRZ] – Round 03 Heat 16 – 9.25

 

Jared Houston [ZAF] – QUARTER-FINAL Heat 36 – 9.2

 

Jeff Hubbard [HAW] – Round 01 Heat 07 – 9.18

 

Dave Winchester [AUS] – QUARTER-FINAL Heat 33 – 9.13

 

Mark McCarthy [ZAF] – Round 03 Heat 13 – 9

 

Jeff Hubbard [HAW] – Round 06 Heat 32 – 9

 

10 highest heat totals of the Men’s GSS event

 

Jeff Hubbard [HAW] – Round 06 Heat 32 – 19

 

Jared Houston [ZAF] – Round 03 Heat 20 – 17.51

 

Jeff Hubbard [HAW] – QUARTER-FINAL Heat 36 – 17.38

 

Magno Passos [BRZ] – Round 01 Heat 03 – 17.28

 

Dave Winchester [AUS] – QUARTER-FINAL Heat 33 – 17.13

 

Jared Houston [ZAF] – Round 01 Heat 08 – 16.93

 

Ruben Quinones [PRI] – Round 04 Heat 22 – 16.7

 

Jared Houston [ZAF] – QUARTER-FINAL Heat 36 – 16.7

 

Eder Luciano [BRZ] – QUARTER-FINAL Heat 35 – 16.7

 

Jeff Hubbard [HAW] – FINAL Heat 39 – 16.55

 

The updated rankings after the 2012 IBA Encanto Pro (Best 5 results)

 

1 Jeff Hubbard Hawaii 8440

 

2 Dave Winchester Australia 8380

 

3 Guilherme Tamega Brazil 7600

 

4 Pierre Louis Costes France 7360

 

5 Mitch Rawlins Australia 6400

 

5 Mark McCarthy Sth Africa 6400

 

7 Jared Houston Sth Africa 6060

 

8 Ben Player Australia 6020

 

9 Amaury Lavernhe Reunion 5660

 

10 Mike Stewart Hawaii 5520

 

11 Andrew Lester Australia 5440

 

12 Magno Passos Brazil 5140

 

13 Alex Uranga Basque 5060

 

14 Uri Valadao Brazil 5020

 

15 Eder Luciano Brazil 4920

 

16 Sam Bennett Australia 4760

 

The 2012 world title race will now be decided at the 8th and final event on the 2012 IBA GSS calendar, the NMD/VS Fronton Pro 2012 which will be held at el Fronton in the Canary Islands from the 7th to the 16th of December.

Go here for the detailed story on the 2012 IBA world title race 

 

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