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Dan Malloy wins Faith Riding Pro wqs event at Sunset

Dan Malloy : file photo Tostee


Faith Riding Compound

Comsat Quarters, North Shore, Hawaii

Faith Riding Pro to be completed today

Sunday 27 January 2002, Sunset Beach, Hi - The first stop on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Qualifying Series Tour, the Faith Riding Pro was completed in long, clean and hollow waves in the six to eight foot range at Sunset Beach. As skeptical wave watchers were calling for small surf for today and tomorrow (the last day of the event waiting period), officials and competitors kept the "faith" and as sun broke at 7:00 a.m. (HST), the four to six foot waves continued on an upswing to the quality level that the break is known for.

The northerly swell continued to show form as the day went on meaning the inside bowl would produce clean tubular sections in which sixteen year old Nathan Carroll scored a six second tube ride during round three for the only perfect 10 point ride of the event. Another standout Hana, Maui´s Ola Eleogram, another sixteen year old who competes on all the HPAC tour events on Oahu, ended up on wave shy of getting into the finals but these two showed competitors and spectators alike, what to expect in the near future.

For winner Dan Malloy, it was another story. Having come from a family of surfing brothers from the Santa Barbara area, Malloy was an alternate into the event and wanted to try his luck at one of his favorite breaks. "I don´t do the world tour but I love surfing out here at Sunset and with three other guys out in these conditions and advancing through the rounds makes it even more fun. Then to make the finals and win my very first pro event, this is the best I´ve done in my surfing so far and I´m stoked."

For seasoned veteran Liam McNamara, it was business as usual working his way into second place. A feat he has done here many times in the past with consistent rides and maneuvers from outside Sunset Point through the inside bowl. For third place sixteen year old Carroll, keeping up with the big boys was no easy task as he carved and lacerated the face of every wave when not getting high scoring tube rides and for fourth place finisher Shawn Sutton, who competed on last years season shortened WCT (the top tier) tour it meant points towards trying to qualify through these WQS events and get back on the world tour.

Results-

First - Dan Malloy $2500.00

Second - Liam McNamara $1000.00

Third - Nathan Carroll $800.00

Fourth - Shawn Sutton $700.00

Equal Fifth - Kaipo Jaquias (Hi), Daniel Hardman (Brazil) $600.00

Equal Seventh - Ola Eleogram (Hana, Hi), David Gonsalves (Hi) $500.00

Equal Ninth - Tamayo Perry (Hi), Mikala Jones (Hi), Solomon Ortiz (Hi), Aamion Goodwin (Hi) $400.00

Equal Thirteenth - Derek Ho (Hi), Jonah Morgan (Hi), Love Hodel (Hi), Rob Zitz (Hi) $300.00

What- Faith Riding Pro $10,000.00 ASP WQS one star event

Held- January 26th, 2002 in three to five foot surf

Completed- January 27th, 2002 in six to eight foot surf

Winner- 2002 Dan Malloy

Winner- 2001 Kahea Hart

Winner- 2000 Myles Padaca

Previous Report Day 1 Kaneshiro & Sutton top scorers on day 1 of event.

Previous Report Day 1 Event finally gets underway at Sunset

Previous Report Pre-event # 1 Officials gear up for Faith Riding Pro

Contests - Surfersvillage.

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