O australiano Ryan Callinan e o havaiano Benji Brand ficaram entre os dois primeiros colocados na final da Pipe Invitational.
Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo e Julian Wilson, vão disputar o título mundial no último desafio do World Surf League Championship Tour.
... but points, raw passion and Pipe pedigree all point to him winning.
Faced with doubts on his big wave abilities, the catlike Brazilian surfer has the raw ability and desire to prove he's capable.
And while currently ranked No. 2 in the world his plan is to win the World Title, over Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo, at Pipeline.
"At a lot of waves on Tour you can find a way to manufacture a win no matter what. But at Pipeline, you can't. Pipeline picks the winner."
With tubes in short supply on Saturday, competitors went back to the big moves in their game plans.
The reigning World Champ and world No. 1 gets the job done in Round One at Pipe Masters.
The current world No. 2, who's chasing a World Title, gets a second chance in Round Two.
The 1999 World Champ is hanging with the godfather of punk on his hit podcast, and prognosticating who will win at Pipeline.