While Jordy Smith took top honors at the Vans World Cup, the battle to make the qualification cut was the tightest ever.
The final day of the Vans World Cup was one for the books, as the race for Samsung Galaxy CT qualification came down to the wire.
Jordy Smith took top honors at Sunset Beach, while the dust finally settled on the QS qualification race.
The Brazilian CT vet makes a huge last-minute push at the Vans World Cup to secure his spot on the 2017 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour.
Jack Freestone edges out Ezekiel Lau to make the CT cut in a tenacious battle.
Jack Robinson, Bruce Irons and Nathan Florence were among the stars ruling the fun stuff down the beach.
The QS rankings were decimated Saturday as five of the Top 10 fell, leaving a handful of dreamers with hope heading into the finals.
A dramatic day of Round Three Heats at the Vans World Cup shook up the Qualifying Series leaderboard, and the consequences are huge.
Competition heated up as top seeds competed at the final QS event of the year.
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