Julian Wilson provided the standout performance in Round 3 at Snapper Rocks, as the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro continued at Australia's Gold Coast.
The opening stop on the 2012 Men's and Women's ASP World Championship Tours, ran for the third consecutive day and the world's best surfers collectively lifted the performance levels today in two-to-three foot (one metre) waves at Snapper Rocks.
Wilson (AUS) the 2012 ASP Top 34 sophomore, found form against fellow Aussie Adam Melling and posted the highest heat total of the day, an 18.57 out of a possible 20. On his third different board in as many heats, it appears that the young natural-footer has dialed in his equipment moving forward.
"I lost in this round last year in a close one against Taj (Burrow) and went on to lose a bit early in the next few events so I was nervous before that one," Wilson said. "I did want to make a statement. In my first two heats I wasn't myself - it didn't feel like it was coming together for me. Then in that heat I felt a lot better, felt solid on my board and good to get some high scores."
Wilson will take on Adrian Buchan (AUS), 29, and Taj Burrow (AUS), 33, in Round 4 of competition.
There were defeats for local favourite, Mick Fanning and 17-year-old Californian Kolohe Andino in Round 3, but Jordy Smith, Michel Bourez and Adriano de Souza made it through to Round 4.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 3 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.90 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.50
HEAT 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.50 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.90
HEAT 3: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.07 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.74
HEAT 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.36 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.83
HEAT 5: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.07 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.84
HEAT 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.36 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.40
HEAT 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.50 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.27
HEAT 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.67 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. 11.17
HEAT 9: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.83 def. Raoni Monterio (BRA) 12.20
HEAT 10: Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.57 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 15.63
HEAT 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.03 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.60
HEAT 12: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.20 def. Travis Logie (AUS) 13.16
UPCOMING QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Owen Wright (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS), Adriano De Souza (BRA)
HEAT 2: Michel Bourez (PYF), Heitor Alves (BRA), Kelly Slater (USA)
HEAT 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF)
HEAT 4: Julian Wilson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS) Taj Burrow (AUS)
Former world champion Stephanie Gilmore was in superb form in the Roxy Pro, winning her round three heat by convincingly defeating Lakey Peterson (USA) and Sofia Mulanovich (Peru). The win puts Gilmore straight into the quarter finals.
"That Round 3 when no-one loses is pretty relaxed, but skipping Round 4 is also on everyone's minds," Gilmore said. "It's hard out there performance wise because there's not a lot of waves with sections on offer.
"I didn't watch too many heats before mine, but saw Laura (Enever) get a couple of good ones. She looks like she's got something to prove, she's so radical with her hair flicks and tail slides, it definitely fired me up to go out and put on a show too."
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 3 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.20, Sarah Mason (NZL) 12.80, Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.63
HEAT 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 16.83, Paige Hareb (NZL) 14.07, Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.57
HEAT 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.53, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.90, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.64
HEAT 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.73, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.27, Lakey Peterson (USA) 6.04
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