Connor O'Leary, Matt Wilkinson and Frederico Morais star as competition resumes at the 6,000-level Qualifying Series contest.
Musicians call it the second album syndrome. Does it apply to surfers too?
The Australian tops a tight race between his closest rivals, Frederico Morais and Joan Duru.
With tubes in short supply on Saturday, competitors went back to the big moves in their game plans.
Before their final exam at Pipeline, these seven rookies will be cramming pretty hard to bolster their year-end report card.
A snapshot of the CT qualification chase after most of Round Three at the EDP Billabong Pro Cascais.
Only 50 points separate Conner O'Leary and Frederico Morais on the Jeep Leaderboard.
The trio have all had breakout results and look set for the Championship Tour in 2018.
Digesting the latest movements on the Jeep Leaderboard.
South Africa's hero delivers a perfect 20-point heat on Nelson Mandela day in flawless conditions.
Matt Wilkinson vs. Connor O'Leary, Outerknown Fiji Pro Finals 2017