Ripping and roaring

Wild waves all weekend.

The Red Eye/Science IBA Tour, Kauai at Shipwreck’s Beach wrapped up Sunday with more exciting rides.

“It was pretty fun,” said Kahekili Labatte of Maui after winning his heat in the men’s open. “The waves are tricky and you have to be able to make fast judgements and decisions.”

Labatte advanced through the division on 14.86 points after working through the swell which was inconsistent through the morning. Labatte advanced to the semis, advancing to the finals with a third finish at 13.07 points.

The fourth annual tourney celebrated the first time the event was part of the International Bodyboarding Association Tour.

Mimi Wehrly, despite a strong showing, was bumped in the finals of the women’s open, giving up the top berth to Ashley Hori who collected 6.23 points to Wherly’s 5.26 showing.

Trevor Singer, enjoying the competition at his home break, moved through the men’s open, relinquishing the top spot in his heat to Kawika Kamai, 6.4 points to 10 points.

Singer made it through the semifinals, finishing fifth in the second heat at 5.9 points. 

Kamai, meanwhile, advanced, finishing first in his semifinal heat on a 14.5 points, facing Sammy Morentino who finished with 14.33 points in his semifinal heat.

All final results from the competition weren’t available Sunday.

Meghann Matsuda, owner of Red Eye Clothing, said she was happy to present four years of the contest to Kauai. 


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