Manuel takes 3rd at Surfest; Mamiya reaches 1st final

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    Kauai’s Malia Manuel reached the semifinals Saturday at the Grandstand Sports Clinic Women’s Pro in Newcastle, Australia. Manuel picks up a great result at the QS 6,000 event to start her 2018 season. She knocked out fellow Kauai wahine Tatiana Weston-Webb in the Round of 16.

For a Qualifying Series event, there was quite a Championship Tour feel to the Grandstand Sports Clinic Women’s Pro with some of the sport’s most recognizable faces progressing through the contest. The QS 6,000 event, part of what has been dubbed as Surfest over the years, narrowed its scope Saturday in Newcastle, Australia, in some smaller conditions with light winds diminishing the waves throughout the day.