Brazilian Andrea Lopes became the first woman in the Association of Surfing Professionals' World Championship Tour history to win a WCT event, winning the Rio Marathon Surf International yesterday in Brazil.
finishes second in Rio
She did so by defeating Hawaii's Keala Kennelly in the final.
In the men's final, Australian Taj Burrow scored the second WCT victory of his career and of the year when he out-surfed Florida's Shea Lopez.
With the win, Burrow jumped from fourth to second place in the world behind Australian Mark "Occy" Occhilupo, who had already clinched the ASP world title Saturday.
The next event on the women's WCT tour is the Billabong Girls in Maui, Hawaii, Oct. 30 to Nov. 10, while the men's final event is the Mountain Dew Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters in Hawaii, Dec. 9-21.
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Sasada earns berth in national CPC tourneyBrian Sasada, of Kihei, shot a 5-over-par 289 to finish tied for 11th in the Western PGA Club Professional Championship yesterday in Bernalillo, N.M.
He finished in a four-way tie for 11th place, earning $2,937.50 and a national CPC berth.
Hawaii residents Brendan Moynahan, from Lanai City, and Brian Stock, of Kapalua, both finished 72nd with scores of 305, netting them $475 each.
Former CPC winner Jeff Freeman, of Palm Desert, Calif., took first place and $20,000 with a 10-under-par 274. His was the only score that was under-par.
Three spots open for Senior PGA eventQualifying for the Kaanapali Classic began today on the Kaanapali Tournament North Course in Lahaina, Maui
Fifty-four pros are vying for three spots in 54-hole, $1 million Senior PGA Tour tournament, which takes place this weekend on Maui.
Today's qualifying field includes former Big Island resident Steve Veriato, Hawaii residents Dean Prince, Ray DeMello, Rodney Acia, Sho Nakajima, James Brockmiller, Chuck Davis and others.
Tavares tops NAPA Fall ChampionshipsMark Tavares, of Kapolei, took the NAPA Fall Championship "Quick-8" title at Hawaii Raceway Park Saturday.
It was only the third time this year that seven-second racers came together to battle for the "Quick-8" title.
At stake was double points in the season-long Budweiser Gold Cup series.
In the last round pairing yesterday, Tom and Wendy Brown's car was off-pace and provided no match for Tavares's run of 7.55 seconds.
Tavares clipped a .420 reaction time on the lights.
Saturday's finals saw nearly 100 cars and bikes in competition.