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Florence Doesn't Flinch Against Mikey Wright

World Champion John John Florence wants nothing more than to keep his Jeep Leader Yellow Jersey, but with a stacked field of talent there's little doubt he's going to have his hands full. Exhibit A: wildcard Mikey Wright.

Event wildcard Mikey Wright of Australia was eliminated from competition when he placed second to Jeep Rankings Leader and current World Champion John John Florence of Hawaii in Heat 6 of Round Three at Snapper Rocks, Australia. For the second year in a row Mikey Wright put in a jaw-dropping performance surfing as a wildcard in the Quiksilver Pro. He took John John Florence the distance in Round Three. WSL / Ed Sloane

Wright opened on a tear, nabbing a perfect barrel to start the heat. Conditions improved as the wind settled, and the tide pushed larger set waves around the point. Pretty soon, Snapper was looking picture perfect...only not for Florence.

With under two minutes to go Florence was behind, and sitting in the lineup without priority. It looked bleak for the champ. But then Wright made a huge error, letting a medium size grower slip past him.

Jeep Rankings Leader and current World Champion John John Florence of Hawaii advanced to Round Four of the Quik Pro Gold Coast when he defeated event wildcard Mikey Wright of Australia in Heat 6 of Round Three at Snapper Rocks, Australia. Florence finds the money section at Snapper. WSL / Ed Sloane

Florence pounced.

Needing a 6.61, Florence got to work. The result was the kind of come-from-behind win World Champs deliver.

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