The Australian earned an emotional, first-ever major Qualifying Series win over Hawaii's Seth Moniz.
Intense Quarterfinal heats got underway at Shida Point; just four surfers remain to vie for 6,000 vital points.
The Hawaiian took the event to a whole new level with a phenomenal , full rotation for a Perfect 10 and the remaining 8 surfers are locked
A decisive day of surfing dwindled the field down to 24 , but it was the Brasilians who stood apart.
Top seeds begin their campaigns in Japan and deliver commanding performances throughout a marathon day.
The Brazilian grabs an 8000 point lead after taking the Gotcha Ichinomiya Shida Open. Minori Kawai takes women's win.
Another massive day at Shida Point, competition has seen the field narrowed to 4 in Men's and Women's.
On-shore wind and rain greets competitors on Day 4 of the Gotcha Ichinomiya Chiba Open powered by GoPro.