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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Patacchia eliminates Irons in Globe Pro Fiji surf meet

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Fred Patacchia cuts back on a wave during his upset over fellow Hawai'i surfer Andy Irons in the third round of the ASP's Globe Pro Fiji in Tavarua, Fiji. Patacchia won, 16.34-5.83.

KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ | ASP Kirstin/Covered Images

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Fred Patacchia scored the biggest upset of the Globe Pro Fiji surf meet yesterday when he eliminated fellow Hawai'i surfer and three-time ASP world champion Andy Irons, 16.34-5.83, in the third round at Tavarua, Fiji.

"It's always a confidence boost to take out one of the top 5 guys," Patacchia said of Irons, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the world. "Andy is a three-time world champion and one of the greatest contest surfers in the world. I'm hoping that since I did take him out, I go at least as far as he would have gone. It's always a bummer to get taken out by a guy who loses in the next round."

Hawai'i's Pancho Sullivan also advanced by ousting Australia's Jay Thompson, 14.83-6.17.



Sailing in gusty 25-knot afternoon winds that triggered the issuance of a small-craft advisory, the University of Hawai'i battled to a 15th-place standing yesterday after the first round of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship at Narragansett Bay off Newport, R.I.

The Rainbow Wahine finished with 171 points, with Becky Mabardy and Darla Baldwin tallying 99 points in A division, and Hannah Tuson-Turner and Jackie McLoughlin scoring 72 points in the B division.

Yale leads the 18-school competition with a low-best 42 points, followed by Brown (56), Tufts (57), Georgetown (63) and St. Mary's of Maryland (67).