SO CLOSE: Coolum's Julian Wilson was knocked out in the fifth round of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
SO CLOSE: Coolum's Julian Wilson was knocked out in the fifth round of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Wilson knocked out of Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

COOLUM ripper Julian Wilson has been evicted from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach after falling to Championship Tour leader Matt Wilkinson in the fifth round.

Wilson led for the majority of the heat before Wilkinson managed a 9.57 in the dying stages.

The pair garnered equal total scores of 16.57, but Wilkinson progressed to the quarter-finals after managing the best scoring wave of the heat.

Wilson's eviction follows his round two exit from last month's Quiksilver pro on the Gold Coast.

Earlier this morning Wilson placed last in his three man non-elimination heat. 

Watch every heat of the contest, live here.

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