Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jenks Pro 2011.

I ended up placing 2nd in the contest and taking 2nd overall on the USBA overall ranking. DUBB won the event and takes both DK and Open titles. Congrats to DUBB for taking care the USBA this year. Stoked. Here is a write up of the event from Thank you everyone for the support. aloha and mahalo!

Flipping in the final somehow.

all the finalist. Trevor Kam, Killi Labate, DUBB, and I.

DUBB taking care.

guy hags all smiles.

the setup.


Drama was the name of the game today with a change of events that stunned the solid bodyboarding crowd on hand. August 30, 2011 started off like any other bountiful late summer day in New Jersey, however the one major difference was that the Bubbakoo’s Jenks Pro was in town and David Hubbard flew in to Newark with one thing on his mind, take home the national title. Jeff Hubbard, his brother and seven times USBA national title holder, was not about to hand it to his younger brother and had flown in the day before from Portugal to protect not only his national title but his Jenks Pro 2010 title.

The heavily Hawaiian field of pro’s were greeted with a mix of swells with left over’s from hurricane Irene and a new groomed swell from Tropical Storm Jose which was camped out just off of Bermuda. The Jenks Casino Pier surprised the riders and crowd with 3-5 foot groomed lefts and rights with heats starting at 8am. With Jeff Hubbard leading the tour at the start of the Jenks Pro it seemed an uphill battle for Jacob Romero and David Hubbard his brother as Jeff’s momentum on the world tour seemed to carry over to the Jenks Pro (Jeff currently leading the IBA World Tour). Jeff had won his first heat hands down as did David and Jacob, making things interesting heading into the quarter-finals. East Coast locals such as New Jersey’s Chuck Guarino (Monmouth Beach) and Jason Bitzer (Manasquan) alongside Florida’s Dan Worley all used local knowledge to keep the traveling pros on their toes and progressing into the later rounds. Also, newcomer, Kahelili Labatte (Maui) was on fire, blazing through the early rounds.

Now into the main event, it was in full effect pressure and points towards the final USBA standings is what was on all the riders’ minds. Jeff Hubbard opened up the quarters strong with a set wave spin to air roll combo. However, Kahelili Labatte turned up the heat with a dark horse performance using clean back flips to take out Hubbard, the seasoned vet. Jacob Romero eased through his quarter final as did David Hubbard and with Jeff out of the event it was David and Jacob with the two highest chances for the USBA 2011 Title. However, Trevor Kam (Oahu, Hawaii) had been quietly building a campaign heat by heat and realized that if he won the Jenks Pro and if David and Jacob placed anywhere but first or second in the event, he could still win the title. This meant the semi finals were to be treated as finals and every second was more pressure filled than the next.

Kahelili , David, Jacob and Trevor all progressed making it an all Hawaiian final at the New Jersey Shore. Seaside Casino Pier held into the afternoon with light winds and peaking conditions. David Hubbard, aka DHUBB, went to work off the bat and even though all the riders put in valiant efforts, Dave’s lowest score was marginally higher than even the second place rider’s best score. DHUBB seemed to leaving nothing to chance and bettered his chances every wave he caught with three separate amazing combos using the criteria of outside maneuver to inside maneuver to really please the judges. 360’s to back flips were his weapons of choice and the competition was left deflated, with David to be chaired up by brother Jeff and fellow Kauaian ripper David Phillips. When David finally landed in front of the cameras for an interview, he knew he had made the history books to be the only one to ever take out his own brother in seven years.

To cap things off, DHUBB sealed his 4th national drop knee title placing second in the Bubbakoo’s Drop Knee division. Dan Worley narrowly beat DHUBB making The Bubbakoo’s Jenks Pro his second Drop Knee win in 7 years entering the event. Brian Stoehr was happy with his result, taking second in the USBA National tour and third at the Bubbakoo’s Jenks Pro with David Phillips rounding out the Jenks Pro final.
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Old Stuff, North Shore 2008 clip.

I put together a short clip of North Shore 2008 footage that was laying around. Check it out. Aloha and mahalo for the support:)

Jacob Romero Old Stuff, North Shore 2008 from Jacob Romero on Vimeo.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summertime fun at Half Point, Sandy Beach.

Words from Mike Kini, "music produced by mountain lion productions. the USBA sandy beach contest was held on july 9th and 10th. jacob flew up a couple days before to practice so i shot all his training sessions. he is a backflip master! sandy beach natives alan lamphere, trevor cam, justin uehara, keoni haina and the boys were there to get a share of the waves. of course hubb was there to ARS a couple. some of these clips are featured in marcus rodrigues new film, "shacks and shakas.

Shacks and Shakas Maui Premeire September 16th & 17th

Giveaways, prizes, dvd signings and a whole lot of other great things for these two Maui events .

Sponsored by : Surge Bodyboarding, The Foam Company, Maui Thing, Power Balance, Maui Rippers, Cancel, Omni, No.6 Bodyboards, God's Country, and Klot War Media ."

Jacob Romero @ Sandy Beach from kini on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mexico 2011 Podcast.

Scored some fun waves while I was in Puerto, Escondido Mexico. Robert Isambert saved the "A" clips for his movie coming out soon. Enjoy this cool clip.

Jacob Romero Mexico 2011 from Jacob Romero on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

JUBB takes care and some frame grabs.

The Zicatela Pro has finished and Jeff Hubbard took care for sure. This event was one of the craziest events i've ever witnessed and some of the biggest waves for sure. Jeff was behind in the heat with about 5 mins or so left and he did the biggest invert to secure his win. Congratulations to Jeff Hubbard and this win puts him into 1st place on the IBA. I feel that he'll bring the title back to Hawaii for sure. We will see. stoked!

Hubbs winning invert.

Hawaiian domination. Congrats Hubb.

Dan, DUBB, Keahi, and hags with Jeff.

After having a shocker heat in the trials. I've been working with a couple of filmers to get some footage for a Mexico podcast. I've been bodyboarding everyday and I've got a bunch of clips already. I still have a couple more days left in Mexico and the forecast is looking insane so hopefully I can get more somehow. The frame grabs below are from my friend Charley Chaplet and this brazilian guy.

Here is a photo of me with a strawberry on my forehead. I ended up going head first right into the sand on the second day I was here. It shows you how powerful Mexico is. strong.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Boogie Nation 9

This is the feature you've been waiting for. Created in 2008,
it has been existing patiently on a hardrive waiting to go to dvd. Having been way, way too long of a wait, I've finally decided to realease it here for free for download. Enjoy

9 from Boogie Nation on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Couple new clips.

Here are a couple new clips somehow. The first clip is featuring my 2011/12 board model with TURBO Bodyboards. Glenn Taylor (Owner and shaper for TURBO) breaks down all of the features on my board model. Check it out!
The second clip is of my good friend David Philips. It's of his new move called the "Devert" pretty crazy stuff. check it out as well. aloha :)

Devert from Boogie Nation on Vimeo.