The list of elite surfers prepping for a weekend in Huntington Beach is extensive -- but they'll have their work cut out for them.
A selection of images from where you'd rather be.
The hometown favorite left nothing in the water as he swept the stacked competition in all conditions.
Brett Simpson (USA) winning his Round Five heat.
Simpson and Igarashi advance but Colapinto falls as day two was filled with big upsets and big performances.
Brett Simpson (USA) winning his Round 2 heat.
Brett Simpson (USA) preparing for his opening Round 2 heat.
The Shoe City Pro is locked in as the first event on the Qualifying Series schedule for both the men and women once more.
Selfie shoots and driveway hoops occupy the Hurley team on a down day at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
Nat Young defeats Brett Simpson in Round 2 Heat 3 of Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
Local hero Taj Burrow takes a Round 1 win at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro over Brett Simpson and Fred Patacchia.