Major upsets in massive surf
A handful of last year's Championship Tour stars face one of competitive surfing's greatest challenges.
A huge result at the Vans World Cup could put any one of these long shots on the Championship Tour next year.
Before their final exam at Pipeline, these seven rookies will be cramming pretty hard to bolster their year-end report card.
The Italian is looking unstoppable in front of Europe's surf-crazed fans.
John John Florence and Jordy Smith advance with Round One wins, Owen Wright and Filipe Toledo out of 2017 World Title race.
Europe, featuring stops 9 and 10 on the CT, provides a unique set of challenges and opportunities for the world's best surfers.
The remaining field at the QS 10,000 EDP Billabong Pro is a 50/50 blend of CT stars and QS hopefuls.
Familiarity breeds contentment for advancing surfers on another day of mostly wind-affected surf.
The trio have all had breakout results and look set for the Championship Tour in 2018.