The Courier-Mail

Aussies advance

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AUSTRALIAN surfers have shone in the fourth round of the Billabong Surf Pro in Tahiti, with Owen Wright and Josh Kerr earning direct quarter-final advances.

Owen triumphed over Filipe Toledo and fellow Aussie Kai Otton with a score of 8.17, while Kerr trumped Wiggolly Dantas and giantkilli­ng Spaniard Aritz Aranburu to qualify directly for the final eight.

Aranburu had earlier eliminated second-ranked Mick Fanning in a shock third-round victory.

Fellow Australian­s Julian Wilson and Joel Parkinson were also eliminated.

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