ELIMINATED: Mooloolaba's Keely Andrew was knocked out of the Corona Open J-Bay with an equal ninth finish after placing second in Heat 3 of Round 3 at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.
ELIMINATED: Mooloolaba's Keely Andrew was knocked out of the Corona Open J-Bay with an equal ninth finish after placing second in Heat 3 of Round 3 at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay. Pierre Tostee

Andrew, Wilson edged out of Open J-Bay

SURFING: Three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore says she was wary of Sunshine Coast product Keely Andrew's pointbreak experience during their battle at the Corona Open J-Bay.

The pair met in the Round of 16 at Jeffreys Bay, the sixth stop on the world tour, on Saturday in solid 1.2-1.8m waves.

Moore jumped to a solid lead early with a 7.33 wave but Mooloolaba's Andrew brought herself back into the frame with a 7.33 score midway through the heat.

However, Moore was quick to strike back with another seven-point wave before nailing a 7.50 score at the death to eliminate Andrew with a total of 14.83 to 11.30.

"I knew coming up against Keely (Andrew) was going to be tough, she grew up surfing pointbreaks, so I'm stoked to get into Quarters,” Moore told World Surf League.

"I get just as nervous as always, but it just shows that I care.”

Meanwhile, Coolum product Julian Wilson was bundled out of the Open J-Bay by Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau during the Round of 32.

Wilson lead for much of the heat, however, a late 6.43 wave in the final minute propelled Lau to a narrow 11.60 to 10.56 victory.

It was the first time Lau had progressed into the Round of 16 this season and also the first time he'd defeated Wilson in a head-to-head heat.



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