Aussie surfer Matt Wilkinson’s World Title hopes are still alive at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti.
He survived his round two elimination heat at Teahupo’o on Monday morning against a local wildcard to move through to the next round.
Defending world champion Adriano De Souza suffered a shock loss in 1 metre waves.
The Brazilian knocked out after losing his round two elimination heat to Alex Ribeiro.
WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow sais “it was a tough call to make this morning because the swell came down a little from what we were expecting”.
“We were thinking that it would be similar to yesterday afternoon, and conditions are great this morning. We have light winds and a bit of rain. We have smaller swell that made the call a little difficult, so we were waiting and making sure there were enough waves. We have seen enough, and we will get started at 8:00 a.m. straight into Round 2. We will reassess the conditions after this round.”
Not only will the world’s best be tested by the challenging break, but they will have to negotiate the pressure of avoiding early elimination from the event. After witnessing stunning performances yesterday in Round 1, the bar has been set for the surfers fighting for a Round 2 win.
Adriano de Souza (BRA), reigning WSL Champion, will face compatriot Alex Ribeiro (BRA) in Round 2 Heat 2. De Souza currently sits in 4th place on the Jeep Leaderboard and will go all out to advance to Round 3.
Local favorite Michel Bourez (PYF) will battle Keanu Asing (HAW) in Round 2 Heat 3.
Up first will be current WSL Jeep Frontrunner Matt Wilkinson (AUS) and event wildcard Hira Teriinatoofa (PYF) in the opening heat of Round 2.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app.
The event is also being carried by the WSL’s LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports Australia, CBS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com