COOLUM'S Julian Wilson's world title charge has taken a hit after he was evicted from the Hurley Pro yesterday in California.
Wilson went down in his round three heat after failing to string successive scors together to be eliminated by Miguel Pupo.
The 26-year-old headed into the event ranked No.4 in the world.
In other results, the day saw a series of close match-ups as surfers fought to avoid elimination followed.
The Brazilians dominated round three with Italo Ferreira, Filipe Toledo, Wiggolly Dantas, Adriano de Souza and Gabriel Medina also won through their match-ups to advance on to round four.
The aerial antics of Filipe Toledo matched-up against the power turns of Michel Bourez in round three.
An exciting exchange with ten minutes remaining saw each surfer demonstrate their trademark styles.
Toledo was rewarded with a near-perfect 9.77, the highest score of the day, while Bourez earned a 7.50 and was eliminated from the event.
"I was out of the water for two weeks after Tahiti with an elbow injury, but after my performance yesterday I've definitely got my focus and momentum back," Toledo said.
After a dominant showing in round two yesterday, 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson continued his superb run of form with another impressive two-wave heat total of 18.63 (out of a possible 20), the highest of the day.
Parkinson defeated current world No. 8 and compatriot Josh Kerr, who leaves the contest in equal 13th place.
"I think yesterday was the turning point for me this year," said Parkinson.
"I'm in a good frame of mind now and I just want to keep going.
"I'm a much better surfer than where I am -- I'm sitting pretty far down the rankings and I don't feel like I deserve to be there."
Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning went head-to-head with San Clemente local Kolohe Andino.
Fanning was composed and calculated and took the win with just two waves.
"I really want to get on with life and move on after the shark thing," Fanning said.
"I started getting that winning feeling back during J-Bay."
Meanwhile, Buderim's Dimity Stoyle was expected to take to the water overnight in her quarter-final of the Swatch Pro.
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