Hilo, Big Island, HAWAII – (November 20, 2016) — In 2-4 foot surf at picturesque Honoli’i, Jeff Hubbard edged out a talented field of competitors to win his third event of the Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour.
Hubbard previously won the Men’s division at the Ala Moana Bowls Challenge (August 2-7) and the Sandy Beach Challenge (September 2-5).
“A big thanks goes out to [Tour Organizer] Norm Skorge, the staff and Mike Stewart for making sure this event happened,” said Hubbard after his win.
“It’s so awesome to have a Tour here in Hawaii, and we’re so blessed to have such good riders come out of all areas of the state,” he continued. “In this Final we had young gun Peyton from the Big Island, Sammy Morretino from Kauai. Mike [Stewart] and I held it down for the older boys. Thank you everyone for coming out. What a great day we had in Hilo!”
Both Sammy Morretino and Peyton Oda, who were pitted against two icons of the sport in the Final, didn’t flinch. They battled their way through the heat, flipping, spinning and carving until the final horn sounded. Peyton came in fourth, and Sammy was edged out by second place finisher Stewart by only 0.30.
Sammy, 19-years-old, didn’t show any signs of exhaustion in the Final, having already surfed in the DropKnee Final just minutes prior.
In that heat, Sammy bested Bud Miyamoto, and Big Island natives Kaleo Huddy and Daylan Saniatan.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Sammy said after being told that he was the 2016 Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour Champion in the DropKnee Division. “I’m stoked, so thank all you guys for putting the event on. Another thank you to my sponsors, thank all you guys. It’s been a great year.”
While the Men’s and Dropknee divisions ran on Sunday, a myriad of other divisions – the Women’s, Stand Up, Junior’s and Master’s – ran on Saturday, November 19.
Kauai’s own Tanner McDaniel soundly won the Junior’s division at Honoli’i, and was crowned as the Junior Champion for the 2016 Tour, with solid finishes at both Ala Moana Bowls and Sandy Beach.
Karla Costa had a dominant year, finishing first in the Women’s division and Mack Crilley, after coming in second to Sammy Morretino at Honoli’i, was named the Stand up Champion for the year.
The Miller’s Surf Challenge, the last stop on the 2016 Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour featured over 100 competitors competing for $6,000 in cash prizes among 6 divisions: Men, Women, Drop Knee, Junior, Standup and Masters.
Miller’s Surf Big Island Challenge Results
Men’s Division Final
1 Jeff Hubbard 15.63 – 2016 Kellogg’s Hawaii Bodyboarding Tour Men’s Champion
2 Mike Stewart 14.8
3 Sammy Morretino 14.5
4 Peyton Oda 11.34
Drop Knee Final
1 Sammy Morretino 16.17 – 2016 Kellogg’s Hawaii Bodyboarding Tour DropKnee Champion
2 Bud Miyamoto 14.27
3 Kaleo Huddy 12.6
4 Daylan Saniatan 9.34
Stand Up Final
1 Sammy Morretino 13.34
2 Mack Crilley 12.67 – 2016 Kellogg’s Hawaii Bodyboarding Tour Stand Up Champion
3 Rob Keyser 8.73
4 Colby Alcos
1 Jimmy Hutaff 13.33 – 2016 Kellogg’s Hawaii Bodyboarding Tour Masters Champion
2 Marshall Orr 8.8
3 Peter Cosgrove 8.33
4 Eric Tachera 5.33
1 Tanner McDaniel 13.34 — 2016 Kellogg’s Hawaii Bodyboarding Tour Junior Champion
2 Peyton Oda 10.50
3 Kellen Yamasaki 8.73
4 Cordon Stapp 3.17
1 Karla Costa – 2016 Kellogg’s Hawaii Bodyboarding Tour Women’s Champion
2 Sandra Silva
3 Mahina Gerrity
3 Alana Dickens
Stay tuned to the Hawaii Bodyboarding Facebook page for updates.
2016 Kellogg’s Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour Contest Schedule
1 Ala Moana Bowls Challenge (August 2-7)
2 Sandy Beach Challenge (September 2-5)
3 Makapu’u DK Challenge (October 29-30)
4 Millers’ Surf Big Island Challenge (November 19-20)