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Stewart fifth in Hawaii

‘Mono’ Stewart in action at the Haliewa Open in late December. Photo @surfthewavephotography

Adaptive surfer Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart returned to Byron Bay early in the New Year after travelling to Hawaii to compete in the Haliewa International Open where he finished in fifth place.

‘The event was held at the Haliewa Reef in one-metre waves. The surf was inconsistent and I struggled to find two waves in the 15-minute semifinal where there was no priority system,’ Mono said.

‘I was disappointed with myself and finished fifth overall.

The Haliewa International Open consisted of 13 categories catering for a range of surfers including U/13s, juniors, opens and grandmasters in both men’s and women’s, as well as an open adaptive category.

‘Mono’ was bested in his semi by Alcino Pirata who scored two good rides and then went on to win the final in similar style.

But despite the result Mono still enjoyed the trip.

‘The real highlight was getting to watch the finals day of the WSL Pipeline event and getting to surf pumping Honalua Bay, in Maui. It was an amazing trip,’

Mono is not in town for long because he will be heading back to Hawaii to train for the ISA World Adaptive Championships in the USA, in March.


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One response to “Stewart fifth in Hawaii”

  1. Dave Walker says:

    I doubt if Mono would remember this but I surfed against him man-on-man club contest in Byron near the old jetty. He was on his knee board & I’m on a Sky 5’8″ Twinnie. Late 70’s could of had something to do with JET Surfboards. Sunday morning, off shore, clean 0.5M waves. He’s watching me and I’m watching him, heat end we both thought it was neck & neck, judges had us near equal. Mono was the victor, his Hang 5 with the flipper was the difference. Now that’s thinking.

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