Irons brothers drop in standings

Both Andy and Bruce Irons dropped in the Association of Professional Surfers World Championship Tour after the two Hanalei boys failed to make it into the semifinals of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

Andy, a three-time world champ, dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 and Bruce is now tied for seventh place with Damien Hobgood.

Bruce fell to Kelly Slater in the quarterfinals.

ASP-WCT rookie Bobby Martinez (U.S.A.) defeated O‘ahu’s Fred Pattachia in the finals of the Billabong Tahiti.

Martinez moved up to No. 2, with Slater holding down the top spot after three events.

The next men’s event is the Globe WCT Fiji on May 21-June 2.

Ballard, Kennelly

still in top 10

Kaua‘i’s Keala Kennelly and Rochelle Ballard remain in the top 10 of the ASP women’s world rankings after the conclusion of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

Kennelly was defeated in the quarterfinals by Layne Beachley and Ballard failed to make it to the quarters.

Kennelly is now ranked tied for eighth with two other surfers and Ballard is tied for fifth with two other women.

Australia’s Melanie Redman-Carr sits in first after winning the latest event.

The world’s best women surfers will now enjoy a three-month break. The next stop on the 2006 ASP Women’s World Tour is the Billabong Pro Brazil, which runs from August 21-28.

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