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Thank You Outer Banks!

Lineup Thursday, August 31, 2017, will be a day not soon forgotten in the Qualifying Series (QS) with all-time Outer Banks swell on hand. WSL / Andrew Nichols

The WRV Outer Banks Pro QS1,000 pres. by Pacifico witnessed an Outer Banks dream during the second day of competition. Everyone in attendance deemed it the best day ever for an East Coast event and it lasted from first light until the sun faded to darkness.

Let the photos from John Ferguson do the talking.

Chris Michalak (AUS) winning his Round 1 heat at the WRV Outer Banks Pro QS1,000 pres. by Pacifico. Chris Michalak WSL / John Ferguson

Round One surfers like Australia's Chris Michalak were lucky enough to surf three different times if they kept making their heats -- which he did with three near-perfect scores throughout the day including this 9.93's miraculous exit.

Dustin Richardson (USA) winning his Round Three heat at the WRV Outer Banks Pro pres. by Pacifico. Dustin Richardson WSL / John Ferguson

Under the pseudonym "Johnny Tsunami" after a registration issue, Dustin Richardson represented the name to a tee and had everyone around the event in great spirits with his big smile and crazy barrel performances all day long. This gem earned him a near-perfect 9.37 in his last heat of the day.

Tomas King (CRI) winning his Round Two heat with a Perfect 10 at the WRV Outer Banks Pro QS1,000 pres. by Pacifico. Tomas King WSL / John Ferguson

Costa Rica's Tomas King scored the day's only Perfect 10 amid the countless 9-point rides scored after re-emerging from the darkness of this one.

Kade Matson (USA) earning third-place in his Round One heat at the WRV Outer Banks Pro QS1,000 pres. by Pacifico. Kade Matson WSL / John Ferguson

Even the groms, like 15-year-old Kade Matson (above) and 17-year-old Jacob Burke (below), got in on the action by throwing themselves over the ledge of some hefty ones.

Jacob Burke (BRB) earning fourth-place in his Round Two heat at the WRV Outer Banks Pro pres. by Pacifico. Jacob Burke WSL / John Ferguson Dane Mackie (BRB) winning his Round One heat at the WRV Outer Banks Pro QS1,000 pres. by Pacifico. Dane Mackie WSL / John Ferguson

Burke's fellow Barbadian Dane Mackie contender was in barrel heaven, along with his goofyfoot brethren, with the freight train lefts streaming through.

Gabriel Farias (BRA) earning runner-up in his Round Two heat at the WRV Outer Banks Pro QS1,000 pres. by Pacifico. Gabriel Farias WSL / John Ferguson

But, it was Gabriel Farias who showed his prowess in both the epic conditions and smaller finals day swell to become the first-ever WRV Outer Banks Pro winner from outside the North American region.

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