NewsOuterknown Fiji ProMatt Wilkinson

Wilko's Crazy Eights

Wilko's Crazy Eights
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Seemingly in his element this year at Cloudbreak, Wilko tore into this wave at Cloudbreak with high-scoring gusto and skill.

The South Pacific is notorious for its powerful but pulsing swells. If you're out of rhythm it can be incredibly exasperating. But when you've found the groove, it can feel like gliding through space. Matt Wilkinson found his mojo against Julian Wilson in Quarterfinal No. 1, coasting into three straight 8-point rides in the opening 10 minutes.

Matt Wilkinson of Australia advances directly to the quarterfinals of the Outerknown Fiji Pro after winning Heat 1 of Round Four at Cloudbreak. Mr. Mojo Rising, Matt Wilkinson. WSL / Kelly Cestari

"We started way up top, then I made an escape away from Jules for my first wave," said Wilkinson, "then on the way out I got that second one, and then the third one I thought it was the best wave I've seen all event." Wilson never gave up, however, and closed the gap in the waning minutes, making for a nervous finish to an outstanding open. "Nice start, scary end," said a grinning Wilko.

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