SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Association of Surfing Professionals ratings leader Sunny Garcia of Hawaii stepped a bit closer to his first-ever world title yesterday when five of his rivals were eliminated from the third round of the Billabong Pro at Lower Trestles.
Garcia closes in on world title
If Garcia goes on to win the Billabong Pro, the world championship will be his no matter where others finish in the year's remaining contests.
High-ranked Luke Egan, Mick Campbell, CJ Hobgood, Rob Machado and Flavio Padaratz lost in the Billabong yesterday.
Only Egan, Jake Paterson and Hawaii's Shane Dorian are mathematically alive for the world title, but their chances are slim.
Dorian and fellow Hawaii surfers Conan Hayes and Andy Irons won their third-round heats yesterday.
Garcia also advanced when his opponent -- Joel Parkinson -- withdrew for personal reasons.
HPU blanked in soccerThe Hawaii Pacific men's soccer team lost a PacWest conference match to Seattle University, 2-0, yesterday in Seattle.
The Chieftains (5-4-1, 2-0) scored in each half.
The Sea Warriors (4-2-1, 0-1) play three more games on the road trip, which runs through Oct. 5.
BYUH routed on roadThe BYU-Hawaii men's soccer team dropped a 7-0 decision to host Seattle Pacific yesterday in the PacWest.
The Falcons (4-4) netted five goals in the first half. The Seariders (1-5) had just two shots on goal.