Wilson's world title hopes battered
SURFING: Julian Wilson's world title hopes were dealt a significant blow at the Hurley Pro in California on Saturday.
The Peregian Beach 27-year-old was knocked out of the event in round two by Brazilian Alex Ribiero 14.87 to 14.83.
Wilson went into the eighth of 11 events on this year's Championship Tour at fifth in the standings but a 25th placing at Trestles is likely to pitch him out of world title contention.
Rookie Ribeiro was elated.
"I'm so stoked to make that heat and was so excited to surf with some really good waves out there," he told WSL.
"I hurt my foot in the first few events so I'm really happy to be competing at my best again.
"I'm not in the best seeding so I get the top guys which is hard for me but I really believe in my potential and I just have to put everything in the water."
Wilson wasn't the only big name to fall, with compatriot and second-ranked leader Matt Wilkinson eliminated by Anmerican Brett Simpson.
Meanwhile, Mooloolaba's Keely Andrew finished third in her three-woman round-three heat in the Swatch Women's Pro at the same location.
The world tour rookie notched 10.44 points, behind Hawaii's Carissa Moore (13.00) and Australian Stephanie Gilmore (11.60
She's due to meet Hawaii's Malia Manuel in do-or-die round four heat on Sunday morning.
Men's Hurley Pro Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Brett Simpson (USA) 13.80 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.56
Heat 2: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.87 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.83
Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.77 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.53
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.80 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 15.20
Heat 5: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.10 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.97
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.60 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 14.26
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.57 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.04
Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.70 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.73
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.17 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.07
Heat 10: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 13.76 def. Davey Cathels (AUS) 10.90
Heat 11: Conner Coffin (USA) 13.17 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.60
Heat 12: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.33 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 13.60
Men's Hurley Pro Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 5: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 10: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (USA) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Swatch Women's Pro at Trestles Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.23, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.44, Coco Ho (HAW) 9.03
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.57, Laura Enever (AUS) 12.43, Sage Erickson (USA) 6.04
Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.40, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.20, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.06
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.00, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.60, Keely Andrew (AUS) 10.44
Swatch Women's Pro Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)