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

RankNameWavesTotal
2ndTANNER MCDANIEL (HAW) 3.33  1.83  0.43  4.17 7.5
4thANDREW TUNBRIDGE (NSW) 3.5  1.6  1.4 5.1
3rdJASPER ASHMOORE (SA) 0.67  2.5  3.1  0.93 5.6
1stNATHAN GOLEBIOWSKI (SA) 5.33  2.43  0.83  1.5 7.76

Heat 02

RankNameWavesTotal
2ndKARL MUNGAR (WA) 3.17  1.23 4.4
3rdAARON BRAND (SA) 0.5  1.43 2.43
1stLANCE HURFORD (SA) 2.17  2.83  1.93  0.77 5


Heat 03

RankNameWavesTotal
2ndJACK THOMAS (SA) 1.33  0.6  3.1  5.83 8.93
1stKARL MORGAN (SA) 3  7.67 10.67
3rdEZRA GOLEBIOWSKI (SA) 3.67  1 4.67

Heat 04

RankNameWavesTotal
1stSIMON CASSIDY (QLD) 0.7  1.67  0.6  2.1  4.57  4.1  2.17 8.67
2ndDYLAN BEACH (SA) 0.83  3.5  0.97  4.37  3.07 7.87
3rdMUNGO MURRAY (SA) 1.53  1.5  2.6  1.7 4.3


Pro Juniors
Round 01
Heat 01

RankNameWavesTotal
2ndERIC ROY (QLD) 4.5  0.5  1.03  1.77  1.83  4.67 9.17
1stTANNER MCDANIEL (HAW) 3.53  1.3  5.1  2.5  6.23  9.13 15.36
3rdADEN ARENS (SA) 1.73  0.83  6.33  1.37  1.83  1.7 8.16

Heat 02

RankNameWavesTotal
1stLACHIE BREAKEY (WA) 1.67  4  0.73  0.6  5.33 9.33
2ndSIMON CASSIDY (QLD) 4.17  1.17  4.73 8.9
4thNATHAN BRIT (NSW) 2.27 2.27
3rdNATHAN GOLEBIOWSKI (SA) 3  1.23  1.47 4.47

Heat 03

RankNameWavesTotal
4thLEE WILSON (WA) 2.7 2.7
1stJESSE LANDRIGAN (NSW) 0.73  1.1  1.67  3.5 5.17
3rdRILEY HARDY (SA) 2.23  2.47  1.37  1.47 4.7
2ndEZRA GOLEBIOWSKI (SA) 1.47  1.67  2.6  2.13 4.73


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Michael is the Editor-in-Chief at Riptide Bodyboarding and oversees all editorial content on the website and print publications. He currently resides on the Gold Coast where he can be found battling the crowds on the beachbreaks in between chasing up the latest bodyboarding news.

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