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Julian Wilson top scores on Day 4 of US Open of Surfing

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Defending US Open of Surfing champion Julian Wilson posted the highest score on Day 4 of the competition at Huntington Beach, landing a backside air-rotation for a close-to-perfect 9.83 out of 10.

The Australian would supplement that score with another of 8.30 for a event-high total of 18.03 out of 20.

And the 24-year-old was understandably pleased with his performance as the competition heads towards the latter rounds.

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Wilson told the US Open of Surfing website: "That air felt good, it was one of the ones that you just go for and you don't always have the highest percentage on, but I kind of surprised myself."I was in a position in the heat where I could go for it. It was good to land it and it gives me confidence."

Also through to the next round is Tahitian rider Michel Bourez. The 27-year-old impressed again on his way to victory over Miguel Pupo and local favourite Brett Simpson.

Day 4 also saw the first round of the Women's US Open in the morning. The waves weren't great - just two-to-four feet in choppy waters - setting the scene for a day of high drama.

Five-time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore was relegated to Round 2 after failing to match Silvana Lima, while Pauline Ado upset defending Women's champion Lakey Peterson. 22-year-old Ado now skips Round 2 and advances straight through to Round 3.

And the highest score of the round went to Australian Sally Fitzgibbons. The talented 22-year-old - a former-champion at Huntington Beach - posted 16.70 out of 20.

Day 5 on the 24th July sees Round 2 of the Women's event in the morning before the Men's Prime Round 2 gets underway. 

The Juniors also take to the ocean in the Men's quarterfinals and Women's semifinals.

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