Toledo, De Souza, and Wilson survive Round 2

December 12, 2015 | Surfing
Filipe Toledo: barreled at Pipeline | Photo: Masurel/WSL

Toledo, De Souza, and Wilson survived Round 2 of the 2015 Billabong Pipe Masters. All five world title contenders will battle for glory in Round 3.

The pressure is on Mick Fanning's shoulders. Filipe Toledo won his repechage heat against Bruce Irons and forced the Australian to beat the Pipeline specialist Jamie O'Brien in Round 3 to keep his title hopes alive.

"I was nervous yesterday coming up against Jamie O'Brien and Kolohe with the waves being super hard and slow - the swell direction wasn't super perfect for Pipe. I'm lucky to get through today, yesterday I was thinking about this heat all day coming up against Bruce," explained Filipe Toledo.

"I knew I was going to have to go big since he was one of the best out here and it was a pleasure to compete against him. I'm super stoked to earn some respect from Bruce, I paddled over to him after the heat, and we had some good words, so that was amazing - when I was a kid I would watch him surf Backdoor and everywhere else."

Adriano de Souza is relieved, too. The Brazilian defeated Jack Robinson by a very narrow margin - 0.60 points and continues his humble route towards a maiden world title. Now, everything is possible.

"I'm actually staying with J.O.B - he opened his house to me a few years back to practice at Pipe, and I can't thank him enough. He understands I want it so much, and it was so big for me and my career. I really hope I can win this," revealed De Souza.

"I don't have a big sponsor like Quiksilver or Billabong that have houses out here, I just have a national brand, so I went to Jamie and just said you're the man, if I can't stay here I'll sleep at your door because I want to surf every day here. I have so much respect for the locals out here and just want to spend as much time in the water as I can."

Julian Wilson is also up and running. The Australian still has a shot at a world title, after defeating Wade Carmichael in their Round 2 clash.

"It was a bit more funky yesterday and hard to get into that rhythm I had last year. Today the waves were more fun, there's more opportunity and edge back to that rhythm again with some momentum," told Wilson.

"You just have to wake up and check it each morning. Everyone goes off their predictions and forecast but until you wake up and see what the conditions are like you never know. Yesterday I thought it was going to be really good but then we got here, and the wind blew all night, it was wonky, and there weren't that many good ones."

2015 Billabong Pipe Masters | Round 2

Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.23 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 5.07
Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.77 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 11.20
Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.10 def. Jack Robinson (AUS) 12.50
Adam Melling (AUS) 15.50 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 4.46
Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.83 def. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 6.00
Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.17 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.50
Kelly Slater (USA) 15.57 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 14.93
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 10.50 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 6.74
Glenn Hall (IRL) 8.60 def. Nat Young (USA) 7.80
Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.33 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 4.90
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.93 def. Ricardo Christie (NZL) 5.43
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.00 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 4.87

2015 Billabong Pipe Masters | Round 3 Matchups

Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jamie O'Brien (HAW)
John John Florence (HAW) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Mason Ho (HAW)
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Sebastian Zeitz (HAW)
Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)

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