Joel Parkinson: flying over the Gold Coast | Photo: Kirstin/WSL

Drama continues at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2016, as Gabriel Medina and Mick Fanning exit competition at Snapper Rocks.

Filipe Toledo is on a roll. The Brazilian is looking forward to defending last year's title. In Round 3, Toledo beat Ryan Callinan with a near-perfect heat total of 19.20 points.

"I am still shaking watching these waves because it is so perfect. I am just super excited and cannot wait to get back into the water again. I want to keep going with good scores and doing well in heats," said Filipe Toledo.

Stuart Kennedy continues to impress the judges and the fans with a tight performance in the waves of the Superbank. The Australian sent Medina home early with his new school masterclass.

"I love surfing against the best guys. It pushes my surfing to the next level after grinding it out on the Qualifying Series for so long. I just knew I could get on some good waves and let my surfing do the talking," added Kennedy.

The 2015 World Surf League champion Adriano de Souza kept his composure in his Round 3 clash against Mikey Wright, the dangerous free surfing machine. The Brazilian if through to Round 4.

"Mikey is such a great talent and surfer, and such a nice young gentleman, but I am so happy to make it through this heat. Round 3 is that round that does not make a lot of points, so I was nervous out there," concluded De Souza.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2016 | Round 4

Filipe Toledo (BRA) 19.20, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.43, Conner Coffin (USA) 11.53
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.10, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.80, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 10.50

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2016 | Round 4 Match-Ups

Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Kanoa Igarashi (USA), John John Florence (HAW), Stuart Kennedy (AUS)

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