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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, December 31, 2001

Isle File
Big waves off Maui may allow Tow-In surf meet

Advertiser Staff

The inaugural Tow-In World Cup surfing contest is expected to begin today at Pe'ahi, Maui, with waves projected to be in the 20- to 25-foot range (with 40-foot faces).

Fifteen two-man teams have been invited to compete in the unique contest.

The competitors will alternate between surfing and operating a personal watercraft. The surfer holds on to a rope behind the watercraft and is towed into the large waves at rapid speeds.

The sport was created around 10 years ago to allow surfers to ride waves that would otherwise be too large to paddle into with normal arm strokes.

Hawai'i teams entered are Darrick Doerner/Makua Rothman, Titus Kinimaka/Terry Chun, Brian Keaulana/Brock Little, Victor Lopez/Archie Kalepa, Dan Moore/Ken Bradshaw, Garrett McNamara/Rodrigo Resende, Noah Johnson/Shane Dorian, Sierra Emory/Luke Hargreaves, and Buzzy Kerbox/Michael Larronde.

The contest requires only one day of competition to determine a championship team. The winning team will receive $70,000.

In related surfing news, the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is not expected to run today at Waimea Bay.

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• Chaminade stops Coe: Albert Powell scored 24 points to lead four Silverswords in double figures as Chaminade defeated Coe (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 88-73, last night at McCabe Gym.

Powell also had six assists and made four of Chaminade's eight 3-pointers.

Igor Beljanski scored 19, Jaborri Thomas added 16 and John Kirk 11 for the Silverswords.

Chaminade (7-4) made 22-of-26 free throw attempts, while Coe converted 8-of-10.

Bruce Sain scored 21 points to lead Coe (5-5).