|An unstoppable Mihimana Braye (PYF) continued his surge in the top-seeded Round of 64 with a near-perfect 9.33 to start over one of the event favorites Keanu Asing (HAW). Braye’s 7.73 backup left Asing and fellow competitors battling for second, secured by Asing in the final moments, as the Tahitian’s flourishing form takes him back into the Round of 32. The Challenger Series contender is looking for a big result, returning to the Hawaii/Tahiti Nui region, and find a consecutive regional Finals.
“It would be really good to be in the Final and I’m looking to win this thing,” said Braye. “But, it’s heat by heat and I’m just trying to have fun. I’m feeling confident, my boards and everything is good and just trying to keep the momentum. My goal is to win the region this year and it’s just step by step to get there.”
Also notching excellent showings in their debuts, former Championship Tour (CT) competitor Imaikalani deVault (HAW), regional standouts Brodi Sale (HAW), Finn McGill (HAW), Kala Willard (HAW), and Maikai Burdine (HAW) all earned eight-point rides or higher. They join the likes of Sheldon Paishon (HAW), Kai Martin (HAW), Maikai Burdine (HAW), Brodi Sale (HAW), Logan Bediamol (HAW), Kylen Yamakawa (HAW), and Philippe Chagas (BRA), eliminating reigning Hawaii/Tahiti Nui QS Regional Champion Jackson Bunch (HAW), into Finals Day among more.
Event organizers have called Finals Day ON for a 7:30 a.m. HST start, Thursday, June 15, 2023.