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Heavy Round Two Casualties Pile Up at Oi Rio Pro

Round Two is pure evil. For pros, there's nothing more painful than traveling across the world only to be sent home early with nothing to show for it. Yet for an unlucky dozen, that's exactly what happens on day two at each Championship Tour event, and that number grows even larger when both men's and women's events run, as they did Friday. Here's a rundown of the notable early exits at the Oi Rio Pro.

Kolohe Andino of the USA will surf in Round Three after placing third in Heat 4 of Round One at the Oi Rio Pro at Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kolohe Andino WSL / Daniel Smorigo

Kolohe Andino: Upset by wildcard Yago Dora in the first heat of the shortened day of competition, the World No. 5 suffered his earliest loss of the season, damaging his chances to keep pace with the front of the pack.

Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti of Italy finishes equal 25th after placing second to Matt Wilkinson of Australia in Heat 4 of Round Two at the Oi Rio Pro at Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Leonardo Fioravanti WSL / Damien Poullenot

Leonardo Fioravanti: The Italian's 2017 woes continued with a close loss to Matt Wilkinson on Wednesday. The rookie is still looking for his first heat win of the year on the Championship Tour (CT), which is why he's ranked No. 36.

Rookie Ethan Ewing of Australia will surf Round Two after placing second in Heat 7 of Round One at the Oi Rio Pro at Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ethan Ewing WSL / Damien Poullenot

Ethan Ewing: Like Fioravanti, this high-profile rookie is winless this season, and struggling to find momentum. While he had a few moments of brilliance in Australia, there was no sign of it in Rio. During his Friday loss to Sebastian Zietz he earned just 5.07 points total.

Conner Coffin of the USA will surf Round Two after placing second in Heat 11 of Round One of the Oi Rio Pro at Saquarema, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Conner Coffin WSL / Damien Poullenot

Conner Coffin: After a solid start to the season at Snapper and Margaret River, the Californian has suffered two 25th-place finishes in a row. He was undone in Rio by a resurgent Bede Durbidge in Round Two. His No. 15 on the Jeep Leaderboard is vulnerable.

Jack Freestone of Australia will surf Round Two after placing third in Heat 5 of Round One of the Oi Rio Pro at Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jack Freestone WSL / Damien Poullenot

Jack Freestone: After finishing runner-up in Brazil last year many thought Jack was a safe bet in Rio, but they were wrong. Jack suffered his third 25th-place result on the season, this one at the hands of rookie Frederico Morais. Fortunately for Freestone, his 3rd-place finish in Margaret River may keep him in the Top 20.

Stu Kennedy at the Oi Rio Pro. Stu Kennedy WSL / Poullenot

Stu Kennedy: On Friday the speedy Australian was paired against his good friend and travel buddy, Connor O'Leary, and they turned in the highest-scoring heat of the morning. Unfortunately, somebody had to lose. Kennedy's total heat score of 15.16 would have won nearly every other heat, but not this one. O'Leary bagged a pair of 9s, racking up the high score of the round.

Ezekiel Lau (HAW) at OI RIO PRO 2017 Ezekiel Lau WSL / WSL/POULLENOT

Ezekiel Lau: The Hawaiian was hoping to build on his Bells Beach momentum, but the always-dangerous Wiggolly Dantas did him in Friday with a razor-thin win.

Carissa Moore of Hawaii placed second in Heat 1 of Round One of the Oi Rio Pro at Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carissa Moore WSL / Damien Poullenot

Carissa Moore: The 3x World Champion suffered her first Round Two loss since 2010 during her match against injury replacement Bianca Buitendag -- an astounding thought. Unfortunately for Carissa, the last place result only compounds her 2017 problems on the Jeep Leaderboard. She hasn't made it past the Quarterfinals yet this season.

Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) Placed 2nd in Heat 5 of Round One at OI RIO PRO 2017 Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) WSL / WSL/Smorigo

Tatiana Weston-Webb: The Brazilian-born goofyfooter looked like a serious threat heading into this event, but struggled to find her rhythm against Laura Enever. The Australian edged out Webb in one of the first upsets of the day, putting another huge dent in Webb's hopes of being a viable 2017 World Title contender. After finishing No. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard in 2016, Webb has plummeted to No. 12, and that was before this loss.

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