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Aussie rookie defeated by Slater in WSL

World surf tour rookie Jack Robinson has been eliminated from the season-opening Pipeline Masters in Hawaii by the legendary Kelly Slater, as Australia suffered an event wipeout.

Robinson, who provided the performance of the day last Friday to eliminate Julian Wilson at the iconic Banzai Pipeline, was no match for 11-time world champion Slater in a round of 16 heat.

The 48-year-old American scored a two-wave total of 13.67 with Robinson managing 11.67 in response in what was Slater’s 80th heat win on the world tour.

Slater will now face South Africa’s Jordy Smith as the veteran chases his first WSL event win since 2016.

Robinson was one of three Australians eliminated in Monday’s action with Jack Freestone and Ryan Callinan also knocked out.

Callinan was undone by defending world champion Italo Ferreira, while two-time world champion Gabriel Medina was too good for Freestone.

It means there’s no Australian representation in the quarter-finals of the event, which is expected to be completed on Monday.

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