2014 Itacoatiara Pro: this wave is amazing | Photo: Tony Dandrea/APB World Tour

The Itacoatiara Pro 2014 kicked off with powerful 6-8 foot (2-to-2.5 meter) waves.

Six months later, the APB World Tour 2014 is in the water. Round 1 was full of Brazilians eager to show off their skills in the agitated surf. As competition moved to Round 2, Lucas Faria scored the highest wave score of the day: a 9-point wave.

In Round 3, experience paid off. Wildcard Dudu Pedra used his local knowledge to advance in second place behind Israel Salas. Salas scored an 8.75 and 7.50 for 16.25 points, the highest heat total of the event so far.

"Before entering the heat, I was looking at the sea and tried to pay attention to where Dudu Pedra entered. He knows that wave better than anyone. I was lucky to catch two waves, and I'm very focused for the rest of the event," underlines Salas.

John Zik, with a deep barrel that earned him 8.50 points, secured a spot in Round 4, where he will face fellow countryman and six-time world champion Guilherme Tamega.

Fifteen-year-old Tanner McDaniel made his debut appearance in Brazil with a victory in his heat. The Hawaiian will surf against Jared Houston and Alan Munoz, in Round 4.

Ben Player, Amaury Lavernhe, Mike Stewart, Tamega and many other top seeds will also compete in Round 4 of the 2014 Itacoatiara Pro.