Gold Coaster Mick Fanning has kept his hopes of a fourth world surfing crown alive, progressing through to the fourth round at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii.
Fanning’s first wave of 8.47 ended up being more than enough in the sudden-death third round heat against Hawaiian Jamie O’Brien, who only managed 2.70 from his two waves.
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The result put fellow Australian and good friend, Julian Wilson out of title contention.
The only other title hope to hit the water so far was Gabriel Medina, who easily accounted for South African Jordy Smith to reach the fourth round.
Other contenders Felipe Toledo and Adriano de Souza are still to compete in the third round.
MORE TO COME.