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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2002

Garcia, Irons advance at surfing competition

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i surfers Sunny Garcia and Andy Irons recorded the top scores during the second day of competition of the Billabong Pro yesterday at Teahupoo, Tahiti.

In barreling waves of 8-12 feet, Garcia and Irons both advanced to the third round of the contest yesterday.

Irons, who is currently the No. 1 ranked surfer in the world, dominated his first round heat. He received scores of 8.9 and 8.1 for two long barrel rides. With his first-round victory, Irons advanced directly to the third round.

Garcia did not win his first-round heat, but made up for it in the second round. His two-wave total of 17.35 in a second-round victory over Australian Darren O'Rafferty was the best score of the day.

Two other Hawai'i surfers, Shane Dorian and Conan Hayes, also advanced to the third round.

• BYUH basketball clinic: Brigham Young University-Hawai'i is holding the first International Basketball Academy, featuring Rick Majerus of Utah and Hawai'i's Riley Wallace, today through Saturday at its La'ie campus.

Price per person for the three-day clinic is $100 for coaches and $20 for students.

• Boxing undercard set: Waipahu's Brian Viloria and two other Hawai'i boxers are scheduled to appear on the May 17 card at the Blaisdell Center Arena.

Viloria, who is 6-0 with four knockouts as a professional, will take on Sandro Oviedo (22-17-2, 4 knockouts) of Argentina in the main event. The flyweight bout is scheduled for eight rounds.

Hawai'i boxers Eric Alexander and Teddy Limoz Jr. are scheduled to fight on the undercard. Alexander (17-3, 13 knockouts) will take on Jerry Balagbagan (9-2, eight knockouts) of the Philippines in a six-round junior middleweight bout.

An opponent has yet to be named for Limoz (7-1, six knockouts).