- WSL / Steve Sherman
- WSL / Steve Sherman

Australian Julian Wilson was certainly a long shot for this year's World Title, but he did his part to keep things interesting. On Sunday morning he survived a tough Round Two match against wildcard Benji Brand at the Billabong Pipe Masters to advance to Round Three, where he followed with another impressive win against Ezekiel Lau.

Julian Wilson's 9.93 at Backdoor Pipe
Julian Wilson earns an 9.93 in Round Three Heat 1.

The Australian's Title hopes were hinging on a Pipe Masters win, but he also needed John John Florence to lose in Round Three, and that didn't happen. Wilson has gone from contender to spoiler now that we're into Round Four, and you can bet the former Pipe Master will be relishing the role.

Julian Wilson of Australia advances to Round Four of the 2017 Billabong Pipe Masters after winning Heat 1 of Round Three at Pipe, Oahu, Hawaii, USA. Julian Wilson - WSL / Tony Heff
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