The Australian earned an emotional, first-ever major Qualifying Series win over Hawaii's Seth Moniz.
Intense Quarterfinal heats got underway at Shida Point; just four surfers remain to vie for 6,000 vital points.
The Hawaiian took the event to a whole new level with a phenomenal , full rotation for a Perfect 10 and the remaining 8 surfers are locked
A decisive day of surfing dwindled the field down to 24 , but it was the Brasilians who stood apart.
Top seeds begin their campaigns in Japan and deliver commanding performances throughout a marathon day.
A big opening day for the third major QS 6,000 of 2018 got underway and some impressive performances followed.
Sunday's storms gave way to a beautiful opening day of competition Monday at the Ichinomiya Chiba Open QS 6,000.
The Ichinomiya Chiba Open QS6,000 prepares for liftoff at Shida Point in Japan.
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Day 2 action from Shida Point.
Opening Day action from Shida Point.