Mitch Coleborn pulls off a major upset win over Kelly Slater.
Mitch Coleborn pulls off a major upset win over Kelly Slater. Contributed

Coleborn's a giant killer

SUNSHINE Coast's Mitch Coleborn has pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2012 ASP World Tour after beating surfing legend Kelly Slater in round one of the Volcom Fiji Pro at Tavarua yesterday.

Coleborn entered the contest as a wildcard however his two-wave total of 17.37 was enough to advance to round three in front of Slater (13.50) and Kai Otton (13.27).

In solid 2m waves at Cloudbreak he brought the contest to life halfway through the 30-minute non-elimination heat with a blistering 9.27 before stealing the win in the dying seconds with a strong 8.10.

"The heat ended up good but the start was a nightmare," Coleborn said.

"Then I got that one 9-something and it really turned the heat around for me.

"Once I pulled in I knew it was going to happen and I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face after I came out.

"I still needed a score though and bagged another solid one at the end. I guess I got a couple of waves between all of the beatings I took."

Coleborn's two-wave total was the highest of round one and his individual waves were both in the top 10.

He will advance to round three while Slater and Otton will compete in round two against Fiji's Isei Tokovu and Brazil's Raoni Monteiro respectively.

Coolum's Julian Wilson will meet the US's Patrick Gudauskas in round two after he finished second in his opening heat.

Wilson managed a two-wave total of 6.70, finished behind Brazil's Heitor Alves.

In a low-scoring heat Wilson's waves of 3.17 and 3.53 were not enough to compete with Alves' 8.70 with the USA's Kolohe Andino in third with 5.67.



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