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Monday, January 23, 2012

The IBA 2012 Pipe Challenge.


The International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) is pleased to announce that the IBA 2012 Pipe Challenge has secured the sponsorship support of some of the industry and Hawaii’s leading brands. Ocean Current, Dave & Busters, Aqua Hotels & Resorts, Town & Country Surf Designs, and go!Mokulele Airlines have committed to the sponsorship of the event, which is shaping up as one of the most anticipated events in the history of the IBA World Tour.
YouTube will be the media partner of the event, with the live event webcast showing on both www.ibaworldtour.com and www.youtube.com The IBA are pleased to confirm all 4 days of action will be streamed live- that is over 30 hours of action from the IBA Pipe Challenge.
The IBA 2012 Pipe Challenge is event one of eight of the IBA Grand Slam Series for the undisputed World Championship of Bodyboarding. Defending and 3 times IBA Pipe Challenge winner, Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii – USA), will face off against current World Champion, Pierre-Louis Costes (France), along with the top 128 bodyboarders in the world.
The IBA 2012 Pipe Challenge will also feature the first event of the 2012 IBA Women’s World Tour. With a confirmed field of the top 32 women bodyboarders in the world, the action will be intense, as current Women’s World Champion, Eunate Aguirre (Basque Country), takes on the world’s best riders.
Event one of 2012 IBA Dropknee World Tour will round out an amazing line up for the IBA 2012 Pipe Challenge. With a field of the top 32 drop knee riders in the world vying for a strong start to the World Title race and the opportunity to prove their worth at Pipeline, it will be action packed.
The official contest window is from February 15 – 24, 2012, with event check in at the Ehukai Beach Park on February 10th between 12 noon and 4pm. All riders are required to check in, including the top 24 IBA contracted riders, Wildcards and riders wishing to enter the trials event. The trials will be held at Sandy Beach on February 11th – 12th for the men’s, women’s and drop knee divisions.
Online registration for the IBA 2012 Pipe Challenge is now open atwww.ibaworldtour.com/registration/ All riders are encouraged to register online to secure their place and to save on the entry fee.
Managing Director of the IBA, Gregg Taylor, commented, “The anticipation around the 2012 IBA World Tours is unprecedented and Pipeline is the perfect venue to launch what will be an amazing year of professional Bodyboarding. The IBA is very grateful for the support of the brands backing the event. The IBA are excited to be working with YouTube as our media platform provider to take the footage of the IBA World Tour to the masses”
Jeff Marshall, Marketing Director and Team Manager for Ocean Current, stated, “We here at Ocean Current are stoked to support the sport of Bodyboarding and being a part of Bodyboarding history at the most prestigious wave in the world… The Banzai Pipeline.”
Please refer to www.ibaworldtour.com for the latest information and news relating to the IBA 2012 Pipeline Challenge.
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