CULBURRA Beach’s Mikey Wright has kept his Quiksilver Pro France title dreams alive, by edging out fellow Australia Joel Parkinson in round three on Thursday.
At stop number nine of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Culburra Beach Boardriders scored 7.10 and 4.43, for a combined 11.53, a little more than half a point better than rival Parkinson (10.90).
The win sets up an exciting round four showdown for Wright with Brazilian pair Gabriel Medina and Michael Rodrigues.
Unfortunately, Wednesday marked the end of Gerroa’s Sally Fitzgibbons journey at the Roxy Pro France, after being knocked out in round three.
Fitzgibbons (13.17) finished third in heat four, just behind Brazil’s Tatiana Weston-Webb 14.34 and Australia’s Macy Callaghan 13.30.
The big news in the women’s competition on the day though was both world number one Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) and world number two Lakey Peterson (United States) were both eliminated in equal ninth place [alongside Fitzgibbons], which now pushes the world title race to the Maui Beachwaver Pro, the last stop on the women’s CT.