Matt Wilkinson has impressed on the first day of action of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.
It was an action-packed finish for the Copacabana ace.
He produced an impressive 6.5 within the last minute to advance.
Meanwhile, Macy Callaghan will take on fellow Australian Nikki Van Djik in Round 2.
The Avoca surfer finished third in her heat today, with a two-wave total of 9.73.