Nanakuli's Auwae in final of longboard
Kekoa Auwae of Nanakuli advanced to the final of the longboard division of the Quiksilver World Surfing Games yesterday at Durban, South Africa.
Auwae won the consolation final yesterday to earn a spot in the four-man grand final.
Three other Hawai'i competitors also remained in contention in their respective divisions.
Hank Gaskell of Maui lost in the fifth round of the open men's surfing division, and will have to win two consolation heats to get to the grand final.
Kekoa Bacalso of Mililani did not surf yesterday in the junior division (for ages 18 and younger). He will compete in the semifinals today.
In the women's division, Kristen Quizon of Wai'anae won her consolation heat yesterday. She needs to win three more consolation heats to make the grand final.
Shea Hodges of Kailua was eliminated in the women's consolation rounds yesterday.
With two days of competition remaining, Hawai'i is fifth in the overall team standings. South Africa is first, followed by Australia, Brazil and France.
Sasada opens fast in Maui Open: Three-time champion Brian Sasada eagled the first hole and went on to shoot a 4-under-par 68 yesterday in the first round of the Maui Open. Professionals are playing at Makena South, where Sasada works.
Sasada hit a 3-iron 214 yards, to within 10 feet, on the first hole (514-yard par-5). He sank that putt, birdied the next hole and shot 4-under 32 on the front nine (the nines are reversed for the tournament).
Sasada is one ahead of pro Kendall Fukumoto. Amateur Kristofer Baptist is tied with pros Bradley Bowen, Chad Fribley and Dean Prince for third, at 71. Defending champion Casey Nakama is another shot back.