the Island of Kauai is holding down first place over Trestles winner
Luke Egan by a close 518 points. The Aussie pack is right behind
them, with Michael Lowe third, Danny Wills fourth and Joel Parkinson,
last year's world junior champ, fifth.
The U.S. crew is looking good too, with world champ C.J. Hobgood
in equal seventh place, tied there with West Coast San Clemente
transplant Shea Lopez. The U.S. Open winner, Hawaiian, Kalani Robb,
is in ninth, while brother combos Damien Hobgood and Cory Lopez are
in 10th and 11th, respectively. Hawaiian Sunny Garcia, former world
champ, is at No. 16, and six-time world champ Kelly Slater from
Florida is 18th. Cali shredders Taylor Knox and Pat O'Connell are
24th and 27th, respectively.
Three more events after this one: Saquarema, Brazil for the
Mundial-Coca Cola Pro Oct. 24 through 29, and then it's over to the
North Shore of Hawaii for the Rip Curl Cup at Sunset Beach Nov. 24
through Dec. 7. The X-Box Pipeline Masters at the Pipe will be the
final event of the 2002 season, Dec. 8 through 20, to see who's the
top barrel master -- and again -- world titles on the line.
Women's Australian four-time world champ Layne Beachley is just
off the big win in France at the Roxy Pro, taking out Peru's Sofia
Mulanavich. Beachley is holding down the top spot by 340 points with
one event left, the Billabong Pro in Hawaii. Second in the standings
and having a great year is veteran Melanie Redman, Aussie Lynette
MacKenzie is third, and Hawaiian Keala Kennelly fourth. Also,
Hawaii's Rochelle Ballard is ninth, Meagan Abubo 11th and four-time
world champ Lisa Anderson, originally from Florida, is 14th.
A quick check on the World Qualifying Series ratings see
Australian Toby Martin first while Laguna Niguel's Pat O'Connell is
second, and Aussies Jake Patterson and Richard Lovett are third and
fourth, respectively. The U.S.' Timmy Curran is sixth. "Wardo" Chris
Ward is 12th, former veteran championship tour star Shane Beschen at
No. 30, Huntington Beach's ripping Timmy Reyes is 49th, Hawaiian
Freddy Boy Pattachia is 50th and Bruce Irons is 52nd.
There are hundreds of ripper's out there even farther back in the
ratings, with two six-stars left, the big points, one in Brazil and
one in Hawaii . A good showing could put these guys on the World
Tour. Other top pros are backing themselves up with some qualifying
series points too, just in case they don't re-qualify. That's it for
* RICK FIGNETTI is a seven-time West Coast champion, has
announced the U.S. Open of Surfing the last nine years and has been
the KROQ-FM (106.7) surfologist for the last 17 years, where he's
done morning surf reports. He owns a surf shop on Main Street. You
can reach him at (714) 536-1058.