Saturday arrived with light offshore winds and clean swells, building throughout the day to ensure round two of the men's competition at the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro went ahead.
Hundreds of spectators gathered on the beach and around the Surfers Point precinct to watch the action and chase surfers for autographs as they returned from the water, celebrating or commiserating.
Throughout the morning Kelly Slater knocked out wildcard Nathan Hedges in the first round, ending his World Championship Tour run.
2012 world champion Joel Parkinson eliminated Mitch Coleburn in the second heat, and Nat Young overcame Brett Simpson in the third.
In the fourth heat CJ Hobgood posted a sensational 8 point ride to overcome Raoni Monteiro before a long lull held the surfers at bay.
An exciting start to the heat between Aritz Aranburu and Adriana de Souza saw De Souza snap a fin from his board after dismounting directly on to the reef at the end of the wave.
Fortunately, De Souza was able to retrieve a spare board from his caddie and go on to win the heat, eliminating Aranburu.
The heat of the day and the wave of the competition then came in the form of Hawaii's John John Florence, who exploded out of the gates with a series of air reverses and consummate wave riding to eliminate Dion Atkinson.
Florence's 9.87 point ride which included three massive turns, a barrel and a complete air reverse which he rode away from was called as the wave of the Margaret River Pro so far by the commentators.
Florence was a favourite of many kids clamouring for autographs following his commentary interview.
Photos by Sandy Powell.