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Melanie Bartels of Makaha won her heat in the round of 12 and advanced to the quarterfinals yesterday at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. Placing second and also advancing was Kauai's Bethany Hamilton.
Powers leads local surfers
Association of Surfing Professionals member Roy Powers is the top local competitor remaining in the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, Calif.
Powers, of Hanalei, was top in his heat in the round of 48 with a score of 16.17. Other Hawaii qualifiers in the round of 24 were Dusty Payne (13.83) and Torrey Meister (15.20).
Kekoa Bacalso (6.16), Joel Centeio (11.27) and Kiron Jabour (9.34) each failed to qualify in their heats.
In the Women's Honda U.S. Open of Surfing, Melanie Bartels of Makaha advanced through the round of 12 with a 16.84. Bethany Hamilton (10.77), Malia Manuel (9.76), and Coco Ho (12.36) all advanced to the final eight with second-place finishes in their heats. Megan Abubo of Haleiwa failed to advance with a 4.27.
Billfish tourney starts Monday
KAILUA-KONA » Monday marks the start of the 49th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament off the Kona Coast of the Big Island.
Twenty-six teams from around the world are entered in the five-day event.
The teams hail from Japan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, New Zealand and Portugal, as well as California, Florida, North Carolina and Hawaii.
Last year, 21 Pacific blue marlin were tagged and released. The largest fish to be boated was a marlin weighing in at 679 pounds.
Raindrop leads Pacific Cup
Joby Easton and Bill Huseby are on pace to guide Raindrop to the 2008 Pacific Cup title by arriving in at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay from San Francisco today.
Easton and Huseby last won in 1998 with Sting, and are looking to best their time from that year of 12 days, 6 hours and 6 seconds by 2 hours or more. Raindrop is predicted to arrive by 2 p.m.
Hawaii youths take 10 judo events
Hawaii judokas won 16 medals, including 10 gold, as the USA Junior National Junior Olympic Championships opened yesterday at Kissimmee, Fla.
Winning in the male intermediate competition were Cole Chandler (34kg), Bryson Castro (42kg) and Kubana Salera (48kg). Female intermediate winners were Teshya Alo (34kg), Kaylin Castro (38kg) and Cassidy Chandler (48kg). Female juvenile winners were Melinda Chow (53kg) and Mary-Jane Lundquist (64kg). Male juvenile gold medalists were Dane Pestano (over-72kg) and Anthony Kwon (60kg).
Silver medals in intermediate divisions went to Jessica Oda (31kg), Nicole Taniguchi (44kg), Bree Rapoza (48kg), Ryan Oda (48kg) and Chaeden Grace-Reyes (53kg).