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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, May 16, 2003

Slater wins Billabong Pro, ties Irons atop world tour

Advertiser Staff

Kelly Slater of Florida returned to the victory stand for the first time in three years yesterday after winning the Billabong Pro Teahupoo.

The final day of the week-long competition was completed in clean 8-foot waves at Teahupoo, Tahiti.

Slater, a six-time former world champion, defeated Australian Taj Burrow in the one-on-one final.

Slater received a perfect 10 in the final and finished with a near-perfect two-wave score of 19.57. He also scored a perfect 10 in his semifinal victory.

It was Slater's first world tour victory since he won the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in 2000. He received $30,000 for the victory and moved into a tie with Kaua'i's Andy Irons for No. 1 on the 2003 World Championship Tour.

Through three of 13 events on this year's tour, Slater and Irons each have 2,400 points.

Hawai'i surfers Kalani Robb and Shane Dorian were eliminated in the quarterfinals yesterday. Robb lost to Brazil's Danilo Costa; Dorian lost to Burrow. Robb and Dorian each received $8,000.


• UH heptathletes 8th, 9th in WAC: University of Hawai'i track and field members Lana Phillips and Amanda Page finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in the heptathlon at the Western Athletic Conference Championships yesterday in El Paso, Texas.

Ruthann Gairdner of Rice won with 5,205 points. Phillips scored 3,907 and Page had 3,571.

The heptathlon was the only women's event in the championships so far, and Hawai'i is in fifth place. Full competition begins today.


• Asics Rainbows: At Manoa Recreation Center July 11-13 and at Seabury Hall on Maui July 18-21. Each will have 12 hours of instruction and costs $125.

For registration information, see the Asics Rainbows Web site: http://www.eteamz.com/ASICSRainbowsHawaii

• Maryknoll: The Spartan Clinic for fifth- through eighth-grade boys and girls will be held on Sundays, May 25, June 1, 8 and 15 at Hawaiian Mission Academy gym in Makiki.

Beginning and intermediate players will receive eight hours of instruction from a staff led by Maryknoll volleyball coordinator Blaine Gier. Fee is $60. Leave a recorded message at 952-7251 to receive more information.