WCT No. 25 Tiago Pires (PRT) bettered his performance each round, finishing second in the first three and first thereafter. Despite his steadily improving finishes,he was eventually eliminated by the overall event winner, Tim Reyes, in the Semifinals.
WCT surfer Matt Wilkinson (AUS) was relatively quiet for the opening rounds but came alive in Round 5. He took out WCT competitors Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Adam Melling (AUS) in Round 5 and the Semifinals, respectively, and event standout Jack Freestone (AUS) in the Quarterfinals.