Kaua’i surfers’ hopes still alive in Australia

Talk about a great start to the 2006 pro surfing season for all of Kaua’i’s world title hopefuls.

In the men’s draw of the Quiksilver Pro, Hanalei’s Andy and Bruce Irons, along with rookie Roy Powers, are all alive as the event heads into round three today.

In heat six, Bruce Irons challenges Brazil’s Raoni Monterio.

In the meantime, his older brother Andy goes up against David Weare.

Powers has a much stronger task to make it into round four, with a matchup against veteran Damien Hobgood.

The Roxy Pro women’s contest is also in its third round, with both Keala Kennelly and Rochelle Ballard in the hunt for the title.

Kennelly faces off against Australia’s Samantha Cornish and Ballard also battles an Australian, in Claire Bevilacqua.

This is the first event on both the men’s and women’s tours.

Unruly surf with 10-to 12-foot-high waves has postponed Snapper Rocks for the past couple of days, but according to Ben Matson from Swellnet.com.au, the low pressure system responsible for these conditions is expected to slowly move away from the coastline with an improvement in weather expected today.

Contest organizers will meet again this morning to determine the day’s proceedings.

The men’s tour stays in Australia for the second event of the season, the Rip Curl Pro, which runs from April 11-21 at Bells Beach.

Meanwhile, the women’s tour heads to Fiji for the Roxy Pro, which goes from April 22-29.

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