Awesome foursome join Fanning, Parkinson

There will be six Australians in the fourth round of the Rio Pro after another successful day at Saquarema.


Adrian Buchan, Matt Wilkinson, Julian Wilson and Owen Wright all prevailed in their third-round encounters to join former world champions Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson in advancing in Brazil.

Saturday’s day five opened with an upset as Brazilian 20-year-old Yago Dora upset championship leader John John Florence of Hawaii.

South Africa’s Jordy Smith was next up, dispatching of hometown hope Jadson Andre in a close encounter.

Fellow Brazilian Caio Ibelli laid an early marker for Buchan with a 7.07, but he was unable to back it up as the Australian finished with 13.16.

It was an all-Australian affair in heat nine with Wilkinson proving too strong for Josh Kerr before Kanoa Igarashi of the United States defeated Filipe Toledo.

Wilson accounted for Frederico Morais despite the Portuguese recording the highest score of the day with 9.20 before a consistent Wright posted the session’s highest total.

His total of 17 won the final heat of the men’s session over Nat Young, the American named for the former Australian world champion of the same name.

“I feel like that was always going to be a really strong heat,” Wright said.

“I feel like we’ve got similar game plans, we like to stick to what we know. We don’t go to the air too much, when we do it’s more of a risk.

“I felt like we were there trading right-handers and I just thought I’ve got to show the judges something different and go left and that was the difference for me.”