|Hanneman Earns Career-Changing Win at Huntington Beach Pier
A jaw-dropping performance from Eli Hanneman (HAW) earned him the biggest win of his young career here in Huntington Beach. After a rough start to the 2023 Challenger Series season, today’s statement-making victory has sent Hanneman soaring up the rankings. He now sits at No. 4 on the rankings and has become a CT qualification threat.
Hanneman took on Southern California’s standout Crosby Colapinto in the Final. After a slow start, the ocean came to life and Hanneman wasted no time. He took to the air and completed a combination of major maneuvers that earned him a near-perfect 9.00, the highest score of the day. The Maui phenom then added another solid score of a 6.83 to put major pressure on Colapinto. Heading into the final minutes, Hanneman soared in the air once again and posted an excellent 8.10 to his score line, shutting down any hopes of a comeback for Colapinto.
“This means everything,” said Hanneman. “You work so hard every single day, and for it to finally pay off is just crazy. It just took a little bit of trust in God. I don’t even know how I got that 9.00. I know Crosby (Colapinto) is so good on the face, he’s the best of our generation for on-the-face surfing, so I went out thinking I have to airs because that’s what I do. I felt a little bit of wind coming and knew it was my time. I just had to stay calm and stay ready.”
It was no easy road to the Final for Hanneman, as he had to overcome two-time US Open of Surfing victor and Huntington Beach’s own, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), in the Semifinals. Hanneman now looks to add to his success at the upcoming Challenger Series events of the season.