The Japanese contender made a big statement to start the year with a Corona Open China win.
The men's and women's finales concluded with Hennessy and Murakami taking their first major QS wins to start 2020.
The WSL caught up with Nik Zanella and Darsea Liu to get a deeper understanding on where Chinese surfing came from and where it's going.
Asing prepares for a showdown with good friend and fellow Corona Open China threat Pat Gudauskas.
Men's Quarterfinalists and the remaining 16 women await their fate at the Corona Open China hosted by Wanning.
Clutch performances and surprises unfolded for a big day of men's competition at Riyue Bay.
The 37-year-old showed his ability to adapt and helped eliminate former Championship Tour (CT) surfer Joan Duru.
The San Clemente, California, local lit up Riyue Bay's left point before taking down Hiroto Ohhara in nail-biting form.
A decisive Round 2 unfolded at the Corona Open China hosted by Wanning with familiar, and upcoming, faces taking over.