Kelly Slater piled up enough points on his final ride of the day to win the Back Door Shootout in a close surfing contest at the Banzai Pipeline in clean and glassy 4- to 6-foot waves yesterday.
Slaters last ride spells victory
The victory was worth $35,000.
Johnny "Boy" Gomes finished second and won $15,000. He also had the highest score of the day.
Third place went to Pancho Sullivan ($5,000), Shane Beschen ($2,500) finished fourth and Shane Dorian ($1,500) took fifth place.
In the team competition, Da Hui finished first with Gomes, Myles Padaca, James Labrador and Eric Dias.
The annual Royal Hawaiian Rowing Challenge is being contested each day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sunday on the Ala Wai Canal.
This year's event features three crews from Northeastern (Mass.) University, Hitotsubashi (Japan) University and the Anglican Church Grammar School (Australia). They will be joined by returning crews from Stanford University, Washington State University and the Princeton alumni.
Also, free rowing clinics will be held today and tomorrow from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ala Wai.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be rekind-ling its program in the islands during Hula Bowl week, Jan. 12-19, with a number of events.
The culminating get-together will be FCA Prayer Breakfast at the Moana Surfrider Hotel Jan. 18 starting at 7 a.m.
The meeting will feature college football coaches Lou Holtz, formerly of Notre Dame, and Florida State's Bobby Bowden. The main speaker will be this year's Heisman Trophy winner, University of Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel.
The cost for the breakfast is $20 for adults and $10 for students.
If you are interested in any of the week-long activities planned by the FCA or want to become a member or need more information, call Ken Zitz at 637-6241.
The Miss Hawaiian Tropic Honolulu golf tournament will be held Jan. 30 at the Hawaii Prince Course.
Russ Francis will serve as host. The event is a benefit for the Hillview Acres Children's Home.
The fee is $275 before Jan. 15 and $300 after and includes a buffet lunch, tee gifts, putting and hole-in-one contests, a shotgun scramble format and a gourmet dinner.
The tournament will feature National Football League players past and present.
The Hawaiian Tropic International Beauty Pageant will follow dinner.
For more information, call Paul Bartelt at 1 (888) 476-1717.
Wednesday is the deadline to enter the Hula Bowl Bike Ride Jan. 19.
Entry forms are at local bike shops, or call 537-5966 ext. 304.