Makua Rothman: fired up in Sunset Beach | Photo: Masurel/WSL

It's all down to the last 32 surfers. The 2015 Vans World Cup of Surfing has reached Round 4, at Sunset Beach, on the Oahu's North Shore.

Michel Bourez seems ready to defend his title. The surfer from Tahiti had a near-perfect heat - 18.60 points - and proved he is one of the strongest athletes of the 2015 Triple Crown of Surfing.

"I have to surf my best out there for him. It was such a good heat for me. I expected to have good waves like this today, so I'm stoked just to make it," explained Michel Bourez, who dedicated his Round 3 victory to the late Malik Joyeux.

Mick Fanning and Dane Reynolds are here, too. The Californian, who was recently dropped by his sponsor Quiksilver, used his new surfboard to advance through to Round 4 in first place.

"I'm feeling good; that was the first time I rode this board. It's hard to feel confident when you haven't even stood up on a board yet, but I stood up on an insider, my first wave, and it felt pretty good... rail to rail transitions, and wasn't doing anything weird, so I felt comfortable when I finally did stroke into a decent wave," added Reynolds.

World title contender Gabriel Medina is still up and running at the Vans World Cup. The Brazilian secured a second place in the final seconds of his Round 3 heat.

"Luckily I got that last one. I knew I needed a 6 or something, but I couldn't hear anything. I did two turns. That's what I had to do, a floater. That was a tough floater; it felt like an air when I was landing. Yeah, stoked to land that one and get the score," concluded Medina.

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