Australian Paul Paterson came out of nowhere to capture the G-Shock World Cup of Surfing title yesterday in stormy 6- to 10-foot waves at Sunset Beach.
Paterson wins G-Shock
in last 10 seconds
Paterson, in fourth place in the four-man final heat, posted the top scoring ride of the final - 8.83 - with less than 10 minutes left in the 35-minute heat to position himself for a chance at victory.
However, a horrible wipeout kept him in the impact zone for more than five minutes and threatened to keep him from scoring the 3.31 points needed for first place.
Not knowing how many points he needed, Paterson kicked out of a short ride with 40 seconds left, thinking it wouldn't be enough. But, he got back into position on the inside for a final ride with 10 seconds left to wrap up the victory and the $5,000 first-place prize.
Second and third went to California's Shane Beschen and Adam Replogle, respectively, with Hawaii's Myles Padaca fourth.
"My shaper made me a surfboard in one day. I rode it all day. It's unbelievable," Paterson said.
"This is the greatest thing that's ever happened in my life. I didn't think it was going to happen."
The final scores (top three rides) were an even 20 points for Paterson, 18.97 for Beschen, 18.67 for Replogle and 17.90 for Padaca.
At Las Vegas, Hawaii's Myron Duarte came up short in the bull riding competition in the third go-round of the National Finals Rodeo last night.
ROUGH NIGHT FOR DUARTE
Riding "Mo Money," Duarte for the second time in three nights was thrown from a bull just a fraction of a second before the horn sounded.
Duarte, who resides in Peyton, Colo., is first in the world standings (bull riding) with $88,974.
The 23rd annual Farrington Invitational basketball tournament starts Wednesday with first-round games between University High School and Radford and St. Louis and Pearl City at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, at the Governors' gym.
Thursday's first-round games are Waipahu vs. Punahou and Farrington vs. Baldwin at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
Four games starting at 4 p.m. with be played on Friday and Saturday with the championship game at 8:30 Saturday night.
Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students.
There will be an informational meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Lanakila Park for those interested in participating in the Puerto Rican Softball League.
INFORMATIONAL MEETING SET
The league runs from Jan. 12 to April 20. Coed players and teams are needed.
For further information, call Rudy at 848-2889 or Dwayne at 487-8199.