Longstanding surf star Kelly Slater has been eliminated from the prestigious Rip Curl Pro competition at Bells Beach by the 21-year-old reigning world champion Gabriel Medina.
Medina, who won 13.00 to 12.53 in the final five minutes of the competition today, advances into an all-Brazillian quarter final against compatriot Adriano de Souza.
Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright will face off against Tweed rival Stephanie Gilmore after defeating South African Bianca Buitendag. 17.63 to 10.90.
Yesterday Mick Fanning was sent into an elimination round by South African Jordie Smith despite wining the highest wave score of the day with 9.0.
Round four late in the day was marked by tight wins, with Owen Wright (15.97) edging out Joel Parkinson (15.70) ahead of fellow Aussie Josh Kerr 12.43.