Fred Pattachia dominates the all-Hawaiian Final of the XCEL Pro at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.

November 6, 2002

North shore’s Fred Pattachia won the XCEL Pro today in four- to six-foot excellent surf. Sunset Beach was smaller than expected by surf forecasters but held up with super clean conditions throughout the day, surf in the four- to six-foot range with a few higher sets. Pattachia won the event by catching a deep disappearing three second tuberide in the final, nailing the $4,000.00 check. “I was patient and stayed on the point and waited to get my waves. I’ve had a bad WQS year, and this is my first WQS win, so it feels good. I’ve been doing a lot of yoga and other things to up my game, and it seemed to work, said Pattachia after the win.

North Shore’s touring professional ASP surfer Kalani Robb was second in the all Hawaiian final, Shawn Sutton of Ewa Beach took third, and the overall HPAC title and Sunset’s Marcus Hickman ended up in fourth. In the longboard expression session, it was Bonga Perkins scoring big on the west bowl to take the title. Perkins displayed hard rai-to-rail turns and an inside barrel-roll attempt to wow the judges. In second was Haleiwa’s Kainoa Dahlin, and third was Rusty Keaulana.