week, which provided lots of mini bowls out in the lineup.
Most people I talk to are in good health, staying in shape,
surfing, paddling around, cross-training and maybe playing some
Life in general seems to be pretty good for most of us lucky
enough to live this close to the beach. And if you're lucky enough,
maybe you'll grind some killer turkey with the family.
The pro surf scene this time of year hits the North Shore of
Hawaii just in time for the macking northwest swells. Heroes are made
with standout performances there at the big time breaks like Sunset,
Pipe and Waimea. Here's a quick run down on what's been happening.
The two-star Xcel Pro, held Oct. 28 to Nov. 10 at Sunset, was won
by up-and-coming Hawaiian Freddy Boy Patacchia.
Then at Allii Beach Park at Haliewa Nov. 12 to 23, former world
champ Sunny Garcia won the last World Qualifying Series six-star
event of the season. The Aussies dominated the top spots in the final
WQS ratings, with Australian Jake Paterson winning it, Richard Lovett
second and Chris Davidson third. Laguna Beach's Pat O'Connell was
sixth, Oxnard's Timmy Curran 13th, Florida's Damien Hobgood 16th, San
Clemente's Chris Ward 21st and Shane Beschen 24th. Huntington Beach's
Timmy Reyes took a very respectable top-60 position.
Two events are left on the World Championship Tour. The first is
at Sunset Beach, the Rip Curl Cup, Nov. 24 to Dec. 7. Hawaiian Pancho
Sullivan won the trials and moved on to the main event, along with
shredder Bruce Irons from Kauai . We'll keep ya posted.
The X-Box Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline will be held
Dec. 8 to 20 to wrap it all up. Once again, Hawaiian Andy Irons has a
big 1,000-point lead going into these events, with Aussie Luke Egan
in second. Both are great Pipe riders, so we'll have to see what
* 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, doing morning
surf reports. He owns a surf shop on Main Street. You can reach him
at (714) 536-1058.