In Round 2, Heat 12, Miguel Tudela (PER), current QS No. 105, edged out all three of his fellow competitors. The high-ranking field included Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), who's ranked No. 2 in the Men's Qualifying Series (QS), and Chris Ward (USA), who started the event at No. 17. Tudela's two-wave total for the heat was 13.30.
Dion Atkinson (AUS), hoping to maintain his spot on the WCT next year, pushed through the white water for a Round 3, Heat 12 victory over Kaimana Jaquias (HAW), Tim Reyes (USA) and Messias Felix (BRA). The Aussie's two-wave total was 12.46.
Medi Veminardi (REU) had a breakout performance in Los Cabos, posting a 9.23 in Round 4, Heat 7, for a combined two-wave total of 15.66. In round 5, Heat 7, he scored a 9.00, for a two-wave total of 17.33.
Josh Kerr (AUS) earned a near-perfect 9.17 in Round 4, Heat 2, for a combined two-wave total of 15.67. In Round 5, Heat 2, he saw two excellent, eight-point scores for a two-wave total of 16.46. But in the Quarterfinals he was called for interference, making for a disappointing end to his Los Cabos campaign.
Matt Banting (AUS) was steady in his approach throughout the Los Cabos Open, posting solid seven-pointers along the way. But in the Finals he threw an air that scored him an 8.00, paving the way for a Title win over Dion Atkinson (AUS).
With two WCT events under her belt this season, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) took her refined talent to Zippers, edging out current WCT No. 13 Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 2, Heat 7. Weston-Webb's two-wave total in the heat was 12.63.
WCT rookie Dimity Stoyle (AUS) was on her game from start to finish. Currently ranked No. 8 on the elite Tour, in Round 3, Heat 3 at the Los Cabos Open she notched an excellent 8.73 for the advance. Her two-wave total was 16.16.
Even with an excellent 8.07 on her scorecard, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) was outdone by Alessa Quizon (HAW) and Silvana Lima (BRA) in a high-scoring Round 4 heat. Van Dijk, who had just recovered from an injury, had a two-wave total of 13.80.
Of the three surfers in Round 4, Heat 2, Nage Melamed (HAW) was the only one without WCT experience. Facing off against Coco Ho (HAW) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS), she wasn't able to get the scores she needed to outdo the elite Tour's athletes. Current No. 6 on the QS, Melamed saw a two-wave total of 10.83.
Laura Enever (AUS) topped two WCT competitors -- Pauline Ado (FRA) and Paige Hareb (NZL) -- along the way to the Semis, but she was ultimately outdone by up-and-comer Brianna Cope (HAW). Enever's two-wave total was 10.10.
Despite standout performances throughout the event, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) was unable to match stellar scores from Coco Ho (HAW) in the Semifinals. Stoyle's two-wave total of 8.77 was no match for Ho's 18.13.
While Cope was having the contest of her life, WCT No. 10 Coco Ho (HAW) built on momentum from the Semis, where she won with 18.13 points. In the Finals, she posted two eight-point scores to take the Title. Her winning, two-wave total was 17.10.