Surf titles for Monahan, Moore
Hawaii surfers doubled up on titles at the Roxy ASP women's championships in competition off Biarritz, France.
Yesterday, Joy Magelssen Monahan of Aina Haina won the Roxy ASP Women's World Longboard event, the first time a female Hawaii surfer did so. On Tuesday, Honolulu's Carissa Moore won the Roxy Pro Junior.
The 22-year-old Monahan defeated Australia's Chelsea Williams in yesterday's final 14.1-13.5.
"I am super stoked, I cannot believe I won the championship," Monahan said. "Chelsea is one of the best surfers in the world and it was one of the most difficult heats to win. I got good waves and was very focused for the win."
Monahan defeated 2007 world champion Jennifer Smith of California in the semifinals. Contestants had to use surfboards at least 9 feet long.
On Tuesday, the 15-year-old Moore dominated her event, defeating reigning ASP European Women's Champion Lee-Ann Curren of France en route to the title. Moore posted high scores throughout the event, including an 18.80 (out of 20) in her opening heat and a 17.50 in the quarterfinal.
"I am so happy to win this event, it's my first time in France," said Moore, an incoming junior at Punahou. "I was pretty nervous. I did my best to catch the waves, be creative and still have lots of fun."
» Brothers Bruce and Andy Irons as well as Fred Patacchia advanced to today's Round 4 of the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.
Bruce Irons defeated Australia's Dayyan Neve 9.50-8.33, Andy Irons eliminated Brazils's Heitor Alves, 10.50-9.66, and Patacchia was a 14.50-11.50 winner over Adrian Buchan of Australia.
Hawaii's Roy Powers also won his Round 3 heat yesterday but lost to Australia's Bede Durbidge 12.33-8.56 in Round 4 later yesterday.
In today's heats, Bruce Irons faces Australian Mick Fanning, Andy Irons takes on France's Jeremy Flores and Patacchia meets C.J. Hobgood of the U.S.
» Haleiwa's Flynn Novak capped a tremendous showing in the Macy's E-Series ASP Hawaii event yesterday, winning his first pro title at the World Qualifying Series Tour meet at Ala Moana Bowls.
Novak was awarded a perfect 10 in his semifinal to advance to the four-man final against Honolulu's David Gonsalves, Haleiwa's Jason Shibata and Lihue's Kaipo Jaquias. With wave face heights of 6- to 8-feet, the top of the swell peaked during the semifinals where the average scoring ride for all competitors came in at 9.25 points out of a possible 10 -- a first for pro surfing here in Hawaii.
Novak, the lone goofy-footer in the 30-minute final, earned $2,500 after scoring 16.85. Gonsalves (15.10) was second, earning $1,000. Shibata was third (15.00, $800) and Jaquias fourth (13.3, $700).
"I've never surfed waves this good, besides maybe Pipeline," Novak said. "It's not very often you get 9s in every single heat you're in and I've never gotten a 10 before. Every single heat was like a final in itself."
The third and final event of the Macy's E-Series is the Aug. 18 Grade 1-Junior Pro off Kuhio Beach.