McDaniel shines in opening day of ABA Knights Pro

Hawaiian grom emerges as early competition favourite

Hawaiian bodyboarder Tanner McDaniel has stolen the show after the opening day of competition of the ABA Knight’s Pro at Knights Beach, South Australia.

Despite a shaky start in his opening Pro Men’s heat, McDaniel was unstoppable in the Pro Junior category, scoring a near-perfect 9.13 off the back of an impressive air reverse and flip.

The 16-year-old finished with the highest point total of the day with 15.36 to progress to the next round of competition in the Pro Junior. He also finished second in his Pro Men’s heat to continue on to the next stage of competition.

Organisers were forced to put the event on hold at 1pm on Friday due to a large swell rendering the fun peaks of Knights beach almost unrideable. ABA Tour spokesman Michael Jennings said competition is expected to resume at 7.30am Saturday morning.

“The swell has peaked today and we are hoping for nice three to four foot waves with offshore winds tomorrow (Saturday),” Jennings said. “We are unsure of how long the swell will hold so we are planning to have nine hours of surfing tomorrow and have all events finished.”

Other standouts in round one include South Australian local Karl Morgan who finished with 10.67 points to win his opening heat.


The Pro Men’s seeded riders, including defending champion Jake Stone and runner up Joe Clarke will take to the water in round two.

Full list of scores
Pro Men’s

 
Round 01

Heat 01

Rank Name Waves Total
2nd TANNER MCDANIEL (HAW) 3.33  1.83  0.43  4.17  7.5
4th ANDREW TUNBRIDGE (NSW) 3.5  1.6  1.4  5.1
3rd JASPER ASHMOORE (SA) 0.67  2.5  3.1  0.93  5.6
1st NATHAN GOLEBIOWSKI (SA) 5.33  2.43  0.83  1.5  7.76

Heat 02

Rank Name Waves Total
2nd KARL MUNGAR (WA) 3.17  1.23  4.4
3rd AARON BRAND (SA) 0.5  1.43  2.43
1st LANCE HURFORD (SA) 2.17  2.83  1.93  0.77  5


Heat 03

Rank Name Waves Total
2nd JACK THOMAS (SA) 1.33  0.6  3.1  5.83  8.93
1st KARL MORGAN (SA) 3  7.67  10.67
3rd EZRA GOLEBIOWSKI (SA) 3.67  1  4.67

Heat 04

Rank Name Waves Total
1st SIMON CASSIDY (QLD) 0.7  1.67  0.6  2.1  4.57  4.1  2.17  8.67
2nd DYLAN BEACH (SA) 0.83  3.5  0.97  4.37  3.07  7.87
3rd MUNGO MURRAY (SA) 1.53  1.5  2.6  1.7  4.3


Pro Juniors
Round 01
Heat 01

Rank Name Waves Total
2nd ERIC ROY (QLD) 4.5  0.5  1.03  1.77  1.83  4.67  9.17
1st TANNER MCDANIEL (HAW) 3.53  1.3  5.1  2.5  6.23  9.13  15.36
3rd ADEN ARENS (SA) 1.73  0.83  6.33  1.37  1.83  1.7  8.16

Heat 02

Rank Name Waves Total
1st LACHIE BREAKEY (WA) 1.67  4  0.73  0.6  5.33  9.33
2nd SIMON CASSIDY (QLD) 4.17  1.17  4.73  8.9
4th NATHAN BRIT (NSW) 2.27  2.27
3rd NATHAN GOLEBIOWSKI (SA) 3  1.23  1.47  4.47

Heat 03

Rank Name Waves Total
4th LEE WILSON (WA) 2.7  2.7
1st JESSE LANDRIGAN (NSW) 0.73  1.1  1.67  3.5  5.17
3rd RILEY HARDY (SA) 2.23  2.47  1.37  1.47  4.7
2nd EZRA GOLEBIOWSKI (SA) 1.47  1.67  2.6  2.13  4.73


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