Monday, June 6, 2011

USBA Tour Event #1 - Huntington Beach/CA


USBA TOUR Announcement

Tour: The OCEAN CURRENT USBA National Bodyboard Tour
Presented by: Dunes 
Event: The Sport Chalet US Open of Bodyboarding
Presented by: Morey Bodyboards
Sponsors: Sport Chalet, Ocean Current, Dave and Busters, Dunes Wetsuits, Deluxe Fins, Revolve, Trunq and Hilton Water Front Beach Resort 
Location: Huntington Beach Pier
Date: 3rd-5th of June
              The final day of the Sport Chalet US Open opened with the Women's Pro division. An eclectic group of women from around the US and the globe made it a great show for the large crowd on hand.  
                                     USBA set up shot

World tour vet Vickie Reale was on fire moving all the way to the final, and following her charge was Japan's Chiaki Okuyama. Roberta Bitzer and Claudia Ferrari, both former US Champions surfed well but their run was stopped in the Semi Finals. Karla Costa Taylor surfed consistently all the way to the final. Local California resident Natasha Overin had an amazing first         ever attempt at the Women's Pro division, making it all the way through the early rounds and making her                                                           DK barrel

The Men's Drop Knee Finals followed the Women's Pro and had no lack of action. The waves seemed to be
getting better throughout the day. Three riders representing Hawaii- Stan Moniz, Chris Taloa, and David Hubbard;
as well asCalifornia athlete Joe Grodzen all made the final. The standings changed many times, finally settling in
favor of formerDrop Knee world champ David Hubbard.
                                                                        womens winner_us_open
The Women's Pro finals included California residents Natasha Overin and Vickie Reale, alongside Hawaii resident  
Karla Costa Taylor and Japan's- Chiaki Okuyama. Vickie held first place until the last minute of the heat, when Chiaki  
backed up her first score with a solid combination of air rolls to spin landing her on top for the 2011 Sport Chalet  US Open.

The Men's Pro Finals featured two Hawaiians- David Hubbard and Jacob Romero; and two Californians Joe Grodzen and  
Drew Erickson.  The Ocean went flat for the first 10-minutes of the 25-minute final. From there however things heated  
up with David Hubbard with a three move combo of Air rolls and spins to give him a dissembled over the competition.
Jacob Romero battled back with consistant riding and clin back flips, however David became dominant towards the end  
placing first with two very decent scores.

With all Pro finals out of the way it was the amateur's who where on the US Open's stage next. Amazing performances came from the likes of Shawbaz Soaia and Matt Holzman both making it from the islands of Hawaii. Each placed first in one  division each  making it a clean sweep for the 13-18 and Open Amateur finals. The 12 and under Division was taken out by Luke Overin who surfed smooth and mature for his age followed by Tanner Daniels who was right on his toes in the fin  

The USBA was excited to finish in great conditions on a sunny California afternoon and is expecting even bigger and  better things in 2012 for the Sport Chalet US Open of Bodyboarding.

For information reguarding this event contact
Jason Bitzer @