BELLS BEACH - Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater has been eliminated from the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in the third round on Monday.
Slater, aiming for his fifth Bells victory, was knocked out by Brazilian Willian Cardoso in the biggest upset of the competition so far.
Cardoso, who is ranked outside the top 34 and is competing at Bells as a replacement, produced best rides of 8.43 and 8.23 — enough to see off the 41-year-old whose best was an 8.03.
The American had been surfing superbly early at Bells, but on Monday struggled to get the right waves and priority when the best sets were rolling in.
Later on Monday, Australian Tyler Wright will take on Hawaiian Carissa Moore in the women's final. Organisers have locked in the women's final after postponing it from Sunday. Current women's world No.1 Wright, from Lennox Head in northern NSW, is aiming to continue a rich vein of form after reaching her third final in as many events this year.
Moore beat Wright in their last encounter — the women's final at Margaret River, Western Australia, last month.