Hawaiian surfers step forward in historic event Joseph K. Bennett January 31, 2022 Event place Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! It was a historic day at the Billabong Pro Pipeline as the first full Women’s Championship Tour competition at Banzai Pipeline took place on Sunday. Seven surfers from Hawaii have advanced to the knockout stages in the first eight rounds of the tournament. Malia Manuel, Moana Jones Wong and Bettylou Sakura Johnson each won their respective heats in the first round to advance to the next stage of the competition. Jones Wong narrowly edged out fellow Hawaiian surfer Carissa Moore, who also made the cut as second place in her heat. Luana Silva took victory in her heat in the knockout round to earn her ticket to the knockout stages, while Bethany Hamilton and Gabriela Bryan advanced after finishing second in their respective knockout heats. Wahine Cap Opening Weekend With Sweep The University of Hawaii water polo team amassed 32 goals to sweep a doubleheader at the Michigan Invitational on Sunday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. UH’s Elyse Lemay-Lavoie, Alba Bonamusa Boix and Paula Prats Rodriguez scored three each and fifth-ranked Rainbow Wahine pulled away from No. 10 Indiana in a 15-8 win at the Canham Natatorium. The Wahine closed out the weekend with a 17-5 victory over Salem with Ann Inoue and Lara Luka each scoring four goals and UH closed out their opening weekend at 3-1. Luka scored four goals in UH’s 10-8 season-opening loss to No. 6 Michigan on Saturday. The Wahine bounced back later in the day with a 20-4 win over Marist with hat tricks from Lemay-Lavoie and Prats Rodriguez.