It looked like it would be an early exit for Sebastian Zietz as the clock ticked down on his second-round heat against Joan Duru. Both had surfed well and Duru pulled ahead late to seemingly advance into round three of the Oi Rio Pro, Tuesday at Brazil’s Saquarema beach break.
Creating a perfect wave doesn’t always result in a perfect contest, but day one of the Founders’ Cup was completed on Saturday and the reactions were as widespread as anticipated.
The theme of the week is nationality and it’s definitely covering a lot of ground. With the Founders’ Cup set to open up on Saturday morning, the surf world is breaking from its typical individual competitions in favor of the rarer team format. Five teams will come together at the Surf Ranch in Leemore, Calif. to test out some man-made waves ahead of the Championship Tour event that will take place there later this year.
Through seven rounds of NFL draft picks, there weren’t any Rainbow Warriors who heard their names called over the past three days. But that doesn’t mean none has a chance to live out their NFL dreams. A pair of University of Hawaii football players were signed to free agent contracts Saturday, with Dejon Allen joining the Chicago Bears and Trayvon Henderson signing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
When talking about snubs, we’re usually referring to teams not being selected for March Madness, individuals not making an all-star team, maybe movies or TV shows not being nominated for an award. The “snub” conversation typically comes up a few times each year and almost always under very similar circumstances. There are occasions where a swipe left seems to come out of nowhere when the swipe right appeared to be the obvious decision.
While the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide probably have the most hyped quarterback battle in the country heading into next season, another recruit announced Saturday that he’ll be heading to Tuscaloosa to hopefully start under center when his time comes.
In the midst of some chaos, even the smallest bits of order and normalcy can be a welcome sight. As the relief efforts continue for areas all over Kauai and specifically Hanalei, Haena and Wainiha, some distractions can often assist in the process.
The first two days of the waiting period saw expected minimal swell and action at the Margaret River Pro didn’t get underway until Friday. But even when the competitors were given the go, the waves were sometimes haphazard, hostile and unpredictable in nature at North Point.
The third and final event of the Australian leg that annually kicks off the Championship Tour season is set to get underway as Tuesday opened the waiting period for the Margaret River Pro. A diminishing swell was likely to delay the start and prompt lay days for both Tuesday and today, but Thursday looks like a promising potential day one.