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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, December 14, 2001

Isle File
Pipeline Masters may get surf this weekend

Advertiser Staff

The Xbox Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters was postponed yesterday for the sixth consecutive day due to a lack of quality conditions at Ehukai Beach.

Waves were in the 4- to 6-foot range yesterday, but strong winds and heavy rains forced contest officials to postpone the first day of competition.

Officials have until Monday to complete the event. A new swell is expected to hit O'ahu's North Shore this weekend.

The Pipeline Masters is the third, and final, jewel in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Only 48 surfers were invited to compete in this year's contest.

Myles Padaca of O'ahu's North Shore won the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Rip Curl Cup, last week at Sunset Beach. He is the current leader for the Triple Crown championship, which is awarded to the best overall performer in the three North Shore contests.

For daily status of the contest, call 596-7873.


• Wong, Metzger on Kaua'i: Hawai'i's Kevin Wong and Stein Metzger, partners on the pro beach volleyball tour, are expected to play in a tournament at the Aston Resorts' Waimea Plantation Cottages on Kaua'i this weekend.

The O'ahu Volleyball Association will conduct the tournament, which begins tomorrow and Sunday at 9 a.m. The championship match is at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Winners will receive $1,200 and Aloha Airlines interisland coupons.

The players in the tournament also will participate in a free clinic at Waimea Plantation Cottages at 4 p.m. today.

Wong and Metzger, Punahou graduates, were the top United States team in the international pro beach volleyball tour this season.

They finished fifth overall in the final rankings, earning $94,000.