Heading into the Billabong Pipe Masters No. 4 ranked Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour surfer Matt Wilkinson had nothing to lose. But when the Australian snagged a Round One win in this last-minute exchange, his competitors Frederico Morais and Nat Young likely left the beach with knots in their stomachs.
Nat needed a Round One win to keep his fragile Top 22 rank and 2017 requalification hopes alive. Frederico, on the other hand, has a Triple Crown Title at stake -- And he's leading the pack. Unfortunately, the guy behind him happens to be 2016 World Champ John John Florence. Regardless, another blunder for either of these surfers in Round Two may prove deadly.