The Brazilian won every heat en route to his first-ever Qualifying Series victory amidst a stacked field of competitors.
2017 Jack's Surfboards Pro QS1,500 Champion Hizunome Bettero (BRA) (R) and runner-up Arashi Kato (JPN) (L).
Arashi Kato (JPN) winning his Round Four heat at the Jack's Surfboards Pro QS1,500.
Arashi Kato (JPN) winning his Round Three heat at the Jack's Surfboards Pro QS1,500.
The QS 1,000 saw standout surfers score big on a rainy day at Ikumi Beach.
Arashi Kato & Yukio Ogawa
Arashi Kato of Japan masters the small waves on day one of the Hainan Classic in China winning his Round 2 heat and advancing to Round 3 at
Japan's Jun Shiiba defeated fellow country man Yujiro Tsuji. Japan's Arashi Kato and Indonesia's Dede Suryana rounded out the podium.