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All Photos: Peter Taras

“Haleiwa is cruel. They should have just held the contest at the bottom of Niagara Falls.” Welcome back to Hawaii, folks. The report you just read is a verbatim iPhone email from SURFING Photo Editor Peter Taras. Upon arriving at the Reef Haleiwa Pro this morning, Peter noted a very lively ocean. So did the rest of the world — especially the batch of surfers looking to qualify for the 2015 WCT. The waves today were the furthest cry from the most recent Prime, O’Neill SP Pro in Brazil. The waves were large, volatile, warbly and sometimes even Niagara Fallsy. We’re back in Hawaii, folks. Back in the place where shit gets real. There’s a World Title to be decided, as well a Qualifying scramble and a Triple Crown hustle. It all began at the Reef Haleiwa Pro. And if today was any indication, you can expect a wild few weeks.

Reef Hawaiian Pro Results, Round of 128 (1st & 2nd advance, 3rd = 97th, 4th = 113th):
Heat 1: Joel Centeio (HAW) 12.33pts ; Ian Walsh (HAW) 11.67pts ; Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 11.43pts ; Tom Whitaker (AUS) 7.70pts
Heat 2: Bino Lopez (BRA) 12.37pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 11.26pts ; Imaikalani Devault (HAW) 10.97pts ; Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 10.90pts
Heat 3: Brent Dorrington (AUS) 11.37pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.83pts ; Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 6.03pts ; Danny Fuller (HAW) 4.46pts
Heat 4: Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 11.76pts ; Sunny Garcia (HAW) 5.23pts ; Chris Ward (USA) 4.53pts ; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 3.03pts
Heat 5: Billy Kemper (HAW) 15.83pts ; Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 8.33pts ; Kai Barger (HAW) 6.10pts; Perth Standlick (AUS) 1.76pts
Heat 6: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 18.53pts ; Ian Gentil (HAW) 12.33pts ; Reef McIntosh (HAW) 10.93; Conner O’Leary (AUS) 8.00pts
Heat 7: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 14.70pts ; Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.94pts ; Thomas Woods (AUS) 13.67pts ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 10.00pts
Heat 8: Marco Fernandez (BRA) 14.03pts ; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 13.97pts ; Kiron Jabour (HAW) 12.90pts ; Makai McNamara (HAW) 10.50pts
Heat 9: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 15.30 pts ; Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 10.67pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 9.44pts ; David Do Carmo (BRA) 8.50pts
Heat 10: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 13.37pts ; Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 12.46pts ; Landon McNamara (HAW) 8.77pts ; Granger Larsen (HAW) 3.17pts
Heat 11: Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 13.77pts ; Conner Coffin (USA) 13.63pts ; Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 12pts ; Kino Kaito (USA) 9.57pts
Heat 12: Koa Smith (HAW) 16.83pts ; Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.33pts ; Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 13.83pts ; Cooper Chapman (AUS) 10.26pts