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IBA 2012 Pipe Challenge

23 January 2012

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 and 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 at 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.”

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Who is the IBA
The IBA is the rights holder of the IBA Professional World Tour of Bodyboarding. More information can be found at

Who is Ocean Current
Ocean Current is an Action Sports Men’s clothing brand that has an aggressive commitment to Marketing, Brand Building and Expansion. Ocean Current’s Pro team and diverse flow roster includes some of the world’s best action sports athletes. Comprehensive design, research and product testing teams, along with attention to detail sets Ocean Current apart from others.

Who is Aqua Resorts
With contemporary designs, spectacular island destinations, extraordinary service and an extensive list of complimentary amenities, Aqua’s Hawaii hotels deliver exceptional Hawaii vacation experiences to discriminating travelers who prefer fresh accommodations without the luxury price tag. Whether you seek an intimate hotel experience at one of our boutique Waikiki hotels in Waikiki, Oahu, a Hawaii vacation special at a budget hotel in Honolulu or an escape to a breathtaking Hawaii destination resort at any of our Aqua Hotels, you’ll find extraordinary Hawaii vacations at affordable rates.

Who is Go Airlines
Our mission is to bring the people of Hawai’i together – families, friends, and business associates. We achieve
our mission by providing reliable, high quality, and affordable air service. As a family, we treat each other and our customers with the spirit of aloha and are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve. Go offers the affordable airfare with discount rates for IBA/ USBA members all year round. This is extended to family members coming to watch the Pipe Challenge event.

Who is Dave and Busters
Great food and big fun served up by the friendliest people in town: that’s always been our guiding principle… and not such a crazy idea after all. For the fifth year D&B has partnered with the sport of Bodyboarding and the Pipe Challenge.

Who is T&C Surf
T&C the historical surf brand rooted in Hawaii and long ties to the sport of Bodyboarding lends its support the Pipe Challenge year after year. Bringing to bodyboarding fans the T&C Pipe Challenge. Go Big Promo at Ala mona mall.