Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Kalani Robb surfed during the men's final of the U.S. Open of Surfing contest in Huntington Beach, Calif., yesterday. Robb went on to win the event, his second on the ASP tour.

Robb rips
to U.S. Open title

From staff and wire reports

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. >> Hawaii's Kalani Robb ran away with the men's U.S. Open title, and Mililani's Kekoa Bacalso grabbed an early lead and hung on to win the Billabong/Boost Mobile Juniors event yesterday.

Robb, ranked No. 10 on the Association of Surfing Professionals' (ASP) World Championship Tour, had three higher scoring waves than any of his three competitors' single best scores for the first 20 minutes and easily left the field in his wake to win the championship and the $10,000 purse.

Robb, waiting alone on the southernmost boundary of the competition area, paddled into a long left as the horn sounded to begin the final. He sent buckets of spray flying as he ripped turns and cutbacks across the beach for a 7.0 score that held up as best of the final.

He backed that up with a 6.0 and a 5.3 on the last wave of the heat, which he ended with a 360-degree spin near the beach.

Australians Trent Munro and Tom Whitaker finished second and third, and Oxnard's Tim Curran was fourth.

Bacalso, a 17-year-old who will be a senior at Mililani High School this fall, had his trophy, a $2,500 winner's check and a look of disbelief after the victory. "I've never won anything like this before in my life," he said. "This is the biggest thrill of my life."

Huntington Beach's Tim Reyes took second and Hawaii's Joel Centeio was third.

Kalani Robb greeted some young surf fans after winning the men's final of the U.S. Open of Surfing yesterday.

Waikiki Roughwater swim set for Labor Day

The 33rd annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim will take place Labor Day, Sept. 2.

The race will start out of the Kapua Channel, go across Waikiki and finish at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel Channel. The first individual to finish will win the Alexander Hume Ford perpetual trophy, and there will be numerous other awards. The race is open to all ages.

The race is just over two miles.

There will be seeded, staggered starts in groups of 150-200 swimmers to reduce crowding.

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Movers host annual HIBC tournament

The Hawaii Island Movers host the annual Hawaii International Baseball Championship Tournament on Aug. 8-11 at Les Murakami Stadium.

Game times are 2 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and noon and 3:30 p.m. on the weekend.

Polo at Waimanalo every Sunday

The Honolulu Polo Club will host polo at Waimanalo every Sunday starting today and running through Oct. 13.

Gates open at 1 p.m. with games starting at 2:30. General admission is $3.

See line scores and results in
the [Scoreboard] section.

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