After falling off tour in 2015, the Hawaiian is making the most of his second chance, leaping to No. 2 in the rankings.
After a dream start to the season, Matt Wilkinson's run came to end with a tough wipeout, while Nat Young advanced.
In a pressure-packed day filled with solid surfing, here are the memorable moments from the men's side.
See how some of the day's biggest scores and heaviest upsets unfolded at the Drug Aware Pro.
The surf legend was carried through the event site after his final CT appearance at the iconic break.