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Top Three Finish for Dorian at the ‘Eddie’

February 25, 2016, 5:09 PM HST
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Kona’s Shane Dorian earned a top three finish on Thursday at the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, held at Waimea Bay on Oahu.

Dorian held the top judged wave for a brief moment in the second round of the event, but in the following heat, Australia’s Ross Clarke-Jones topped Dorian’s score of 93 with a 96. That helped to put Clarke-Jones in second place, just ahead of Dorian in third.

Both big wave surfers finished behind Oahu’s John John Florence, who closed his day out strong in the final round as judges scored two of his waves at 88 and 89, respectively.

Hilo native Aaron Gold finished in eleventh place, with his highest wave score at 48, which came in the first round.

This year’s event was the ninth running of the competition, which is run in memory of Aikau, a lifeguard and surfer who vanished when he attempted to swim back to shore on Oahu to get help for members of the Hokulea.

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Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau standings

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John John Florence – 301 points

Ross Clarke-Jones – 278

Shane Dorian – 270

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Jamie Mitchell – 249

Kelly Slater – 238

Makuakai Rothman – 231

Dave Wassel – 230

Mason Ho – 191

Grant Baker – 185

Jamie O’Brien – 180

Aaron Gold – 139

Mark Healey – 133

Takayuki Wakita – 123

Koa Rothman – 117

Ian Walsh – 115

Reef McIntosh – 112

Kohl Christensen – 109

Bruce Irons – 101

Ramon Navarro – 100

Danilo Couto – 99

Clyde Aikau – 91

Nathan Fletcher – 88

Sunny Garcia – 87

Peter Mel – 86

Kala Alexander – 86

Greg Long – 71

Tom Carroll – 67

Ben Wilkinson – 37

Noah Johnson – 0

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