Manuel excels in final leg of tumultuous 2017 season

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Kauai’s Malia Manuel took second at the Maui Women’s Pro to end the 2017 Championship Tour season. Battling back from a knee injury that sidelined her for four months, Manuel made it to at least the quarterfinals in each of the final three contests of the year. Carissa Moore was the only other woman to do that.

Only two surfers reached the quarterfinals in the final three contests of the women’s Championship Tour season — Carissa Moore and Malia Manuel.