The first major Qualification Series (QS) event on Australian soil this season, the ASP 6-Star Hurley Australian Open of Surfing at Manly attracted top regional talent like the Sunshine Coast's Kai Hing.
With major points on offer towards the qualification campaigns for the 2015 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), an international array of battlers descended on Manly this week. Indonesia's Oney Anwar impressed.
Celebrated American Dane Reynolds was on hand to kickstart his 2014 qualification campaign. After wowing through the opening rounds of competition, Reynolds's run was cut short in Round 3 by Patrick Gudauskas and Bede Durbidge.
Mitch Coleborn barely missed out on qualifying for this season's elite ASP World Championship Tour. The near miss hasn't deterred the well-built goofy-footer, however, with Coleborn going down swinging with an Equal 9th.
ASP WCT sophomore Filipe Toledo is coming off of an impressive rookie year amongst the world's elite. The young Brazilian looked on point this week in Manly before the start of the 2014 WCT season on March 1.
French phenom Jeremy Flores is back this season with some new boards and a new approach. Known for his fearlessness in waves of consequence, the former Pipemaster was impressive in this week's small surf.
Oahu's Alessa Quizon is on the eve of her maiden run at the elite ASP Women's World Championship Tour, and if her performance in Manly this week was any indication, the ASP Top 17 better be on alert. Quizon finished Runner-Up.
Brazilian phenom Adriano de Souza was unstoppable this week at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing. The powerful natural-footer surfed with more focus, speed and power than his peers and looks dangerous heading into the start of the 2014 season.