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Powers continues successful run at U.S. Open

Hanalei’s Roy Powers continued his good run at the U.S. Open of Surfing yesterday winning yet another heat.

The day started with the continuation of the competition’s Round 3, which started Thursday. Kilauea’s Jesse Merle-Jones won his heat with a score of 13.13 over Germany’s Marion Lipke, California’s Chris Ward (12.63), Brazil’s Pablo Paulino (11.34) and France’s Romain Cloitre (11.30). That win advanced him to the Round of 48 along with fellow Hawai‘i surfers Powers, Torrey Meister, Dustin Barca, Joel Centeio, Kiron Jabour and Dusty Payne.

Powers (16.17) won his heat for the second time this competition, defeating California’s Nathan Curran (14.76), Australia’s Josh Kerr (14.23) and Centeio (11.27).

He moves on to the next round and joining him will be Payne and Meister who came in with second-place finishes. Barca, Centeio, Jabour and Merle-Jones missed the cut with fourth-place finishes yesterday.

For the girls, Makaha’s Melanie Bartels dominated over her heat, which included Hanalei’s Bethany Hamilton. Bartel (16.84) and Hamilton (10.77) both advance to the next round. So too does Wailua’s Malia Manuel who finished second (9.76) behind Australia’s Samantha Cornish (12.00).

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