Standing out were the two Australians - Dion Atkinson and Shaun Cansdell. "I get along with the South Africans. Between them and the Australians there's a really good vibe - and I travel with one pretty much full time," said Dion, who despite battling flu powered through to the quarters.
As for Shaun Canselll - while all the focus has been on Royden Bryson and Stuart Kennedy vying for the CWC Series lead, sitting quietly behind them has been Shaun, although there is nothing quiet about his surfing at this event.
"I really enjoy surfing lefthanders being a goofy footer and am pretty stoked to surf them in an event," said Shaun. "It's pretty wild conditions out there with that wind, and there's a really cold current come in today so it's freezing."
"I was in third before this event," he said of the CWC Seires rankings. "I would have to go pretty well but there's still three events including this one - so anything can happen. Anyone could take it.