|Pictured: Eli Hanneman (HAW) is back for more after his 2022 victory and started in excellent form. Credit: © WSL / Heff
Reigning event victor Eli Hanneman (HAW) made easy work of his debut, accruing an excellent 8.00 and surging into the Round of 32. The Maui competitor returns from his first two events as a full-time Challenger Series contender and now looks to add another Ala Moana Bowls title to his name.
“I just try to stay in rhythm every heat, that’s always goal and I was able to do it in that heat so I’m stoked on that,” said Hanneman. “There’s only three other guys out at Bowls which is just a dream. It’s not a super user-friendly wave with the crowd usually so when you get an opportunity like this it’s amazing.”
Also, North Shore, Oahu, standout Luke Swanson (HAW) notched a brilliant 8.83 to add his name to the excellent list as he looks to kick off his campaign in big form. Hanneman’s fellow Maui competitor Logan Bediamol (HAW) notched an excellent showing in his debut as he is joins those awaiting their Round of 64 bouts such as Shayden Pacarro (HAW), Tony Nunez (HAW), Gavin Klein (HAW), and more who all took big wins in their opening debuts.