For the past few years, Corey Lopez has been hovering outside the Top 32 bubble. He went berserk in Haleiwa in the early rounds and made the quarterfinals.
Mason Ho came out of the gates firing with a double barrel early on, but missed the round of 32 by a fraction of a point.
Aussie Tom Whitaker wasn't fazed by the power at Haleiwa.
Brazil's best hope for its first Triple Crown title is Gabriel Medina, who took to the air at every opportunity.
Mark Occhilupo is one of the guys we all want to watch surf specialty "legends" events, but with some red-hot results from the Australian leg of the ASP tour, Occy had enough points to get into the Triple Crown events and made a few rounds of the Reef.
Hawaiian power surfer Sunny Garcia lit up the first heat in the Clash of the Legends and got to the semifinals of the Reef Pro. Could he take another Triple Crown in his 40s?
John John Florence
John John Florence, last year's Vans Triple Crown winner, punted technical airs in the final, but lost to Sebastian Zietz in the end.
Parking was an issue at Alii Beach Park this year. That may have had a lot to do with Kelly Slater, who is surfing his first full Triple Crown in years. He didn't land this, but he did continue to impress and bring out the masses.
The Clash of the Icons was classic this year. Surfers, left to right: (winner) Sunny Garcia, Tom Curren, Kaipo Jaquias and Mark Occhilupo.
Dane Reynolds is doing the Triple Crown this year, which automatically makes it more interesting. On day two, he dropped the most killer turn of the early rounds.
John John Florence
John John Florence, last year's Vans Triple Crown Champ, came out at this first event looking like he's ready for a second. He's had a great season and is a solid pick.
Sebastian Zietz, long known for his talent, has been quietly chipping away at qualifying for the Tour, and was pretty excited with his result on Saturday.