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Three of four local hopes through. Ryan Callinan follows Julian Wilson and Morgan Cibilic to round of 16 but Baker loses by a point to Italo Ferreira | Newcastle Herald

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After Morgan Cibilic’s victory over John John Florence, the crowd was absolutely amped by the time Jackson “Jacko” Baker hit the water just on noon. His opponent, current world champion Italo Ferreira from Brazil, is not only the reigning #1, he’s is indisputably one of the busiest surfers on the tour. As the commentators said, he surfed a phenomenal 17 waves in the opening seeding round, when he also surfed against Baker, who surfed eight. Today, Ferreira paddled north up the beach into a beach break that gave the goofy footer a left to surf forehand on. In the earlier heats, both surfers stuck together. Baker surfed gamely and showed…



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