Putnam, Lenny reach quarterfinals
Cruser Putnam of Haiku and Kai Lenny of Spreckelsville won second-round heats Monday to reach the men’s quarterfinals of the Cabrina Kite Surf Pro Maui at Hookipa Beach Park in Kuau, and King Kekaulike High School senior Kalia Aguera advanced with a second-place finish in a women’s first-round heat.
Putnam posted a 12.34 in his heat to defeat Italy’s Enrico Girodano (9.50). Lenny – a series champion in two stand-up paddling series this year who reached the kite main event as a qualifier – defeated France’s Etienne Lhote 13.76-9.84.
In the quarterfinals, Putnam will be paired with Australia’s Keahi Deaboitiz, and Lenny will face Brazil’s Pedro Henrique.
Sebasitan Ribeiro won his heat with a 16.07, the top score of the contest so far.
“The waves were really fun today – the conditions lined up for a great day of competition,” Ribeiro said. “I’m really looking forward to the quarterfinals tomorrow and riding Hookipa in what looks to be epic conditions.”
All competition could be finished today if conditions permit.
Aguera had a score of 8.20 in her heat, finishing behind Brazil’s Milla Ferreira (8.90). Isa Cohen (7.13) of Virginia was third.
Aguera will be paired with Jalou Langeree of the Netherlands in the second round.
Defending champion Moona Whyte had the top women’s score, a 12.17.