Defending Rio Surf International champion Kalani Robb of Hawaii was eliminated, but current world champion Sunny Garcia advanced at the surf meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Garcia wins, Robb out
at Brazil surf meet
Robb was upset by tour rookie Paulo Moura of Brazil in a second-round heat. Garcia survived his clash with three-time world champion Tom Curren to advance to today's third round.
Hawaii's two other surfers were also eliminated: Shane Dorian by Brazil's Victor Ribas, and Shawn Sutton by Australian Daniel Wills.
The last 12 boats in the 41st Transpacific Yacht Race set sail from San Pedro, Calif., yesterday in the 2,225-nautical mile journey to Honolulu.
Last of Transpac
yachts take to sea
Rated by potential speed, four are in Division 1 and the other eight in Division II. Roy E. Disney's record-holder Pyewacket emerged among the early leaders.
Among the smaller Division IV boats that started Saturday, Hawaii's Dan Doyle was in seventh as of yesterday's roll call. Doyle is sailing the smallest boat in the fleet, the 30-foot Two Guys On the Edge doublehanded with Bruce Burgess.
Doyle and Burgess nearly didn't start
the race because of equipment failure but were able to borrow a headfoil from a spectator boat and started 47 minutes late.
Au named top competitor at world karate eventHawaii's Elisa Au was awarded the Sir Sean Connery medal as the most Outstanding Competitor at last month's WC Karate World Championships held in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Hawaii's George Kotaka, Barbara Chinen and Au were part of the U.S. team that won eight medals at the international competition. Au won a gold in the Shobu 3-point match of the kumite competition and a bronze in the Shito-Ryu kata division. Chinen won a gold in the Shito Ryu kata division.
Hilo's Penn wins ultimate fight bout
BJ Penn of Hilo needed less than three minutes to defeat Din Thomas Friday night at the Ultimate Fighting Championships in East Rutherford, N.J.
Penn, in just his second career fight, scored a knock-out win over Thomas after 2 minutes and 42 seconds in the first round of the semi-main event. A crowd of 11,492 watched the mixed martial arts competition at the Continental Airlines Arena.
Slots still available for Hall of Fame golf tourneyEntries are still being accepted for the NFL Foundation/College Hall of Fame benefit golf tournament at the Ala Wai Golf Course.
The fee is $60 per golfer and includes cart, lunch and prizes. The check-in time is 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start.
For more information contact Earl Galdeira at 839-5575 or Lloyd Hisaka at 423-1750.
Hawaii Warriors team to play at CooperstownThe Hawaii Warriors baseball team will be competing in the 12-year-old division of the Cooperstown (N.Y.) Dreams Park Tournament later this month.
Derek Inafuku is the head coach. Irv Kodama and Art Seki are the assistants.
Members of the team are: Ryan Dung, Jordan Inafuku, Lyle Kitagawa, Colin Kodama, Keoni Manago, Dane Matsukawa, Parker McCready, Rick Miyamoto, Bryce Montalbo, Quinton Petersen, Todd Seki and Chad Yamashita.
Hawaii's ownBenny Agbayani, Mets: The St. Louis School and Hawaii Pacific alumnus had the day off as New York beat Atlanta 2-1.
Mike Fetters, Dodgers: The Iolani graduate remains on the disabled list and is eligible to return to action Thursday.