Kicking things off is an epic heat featuring three-time world champion Andy Irons (HAW) versus wildcard Neco Padaratz (BRA).
Padaratz, who is a seasoned Foster's ASP World Tour competitor in his own right, beat Irons in the 2002 Quiksilver Pro France final. Irons knows beating the uber-competitive Padaratz won't be an easy task.
"Neco is definitely a tough draw anywhere," Irons said. "He surfs really well here since it's his home waters, so it's going to be a hard heat for sure. Whatever happens, happens. There's always a flight home tomorrow, and if not, there's another one the next day."
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Round Two match-ups: (1st advances to Round Three; 2nd finishes equal 33rd)
Heat 1: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Pedro Norberto (BRA)
Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Jean da Silva (BRA)
Heat 4: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Renato Galvao (BRA)
Heat 5: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Bernardo Pigmeu (BRA)
Heat 6: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) vs. Leonardo Neves (BRA)
Heat 7: Bruce Irons (HAW) vs. Odirlei Coutinho (BRA)
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Yuri Sodre (BRA)
Heat 9: CJ Hobgood (USA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 10: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) versus Toby Martin (AUS)
Heat 11: Trent Munro (AUS) versus David Weare (ZAF)
Heat 12: Fred Patacchia (HAW) versus Pedro Henrique (BRA)
Heat 13: Adriano de Souza (BRA) versus Jarrad Howse (AUS)
Heat 14: Luke Stedman (AUS) versus Mikael Picon (FRA)
Heat 15: Jake Paterson (AUS) versus Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 16: Chris Ward (USA) versus Paulo Moura (BRA)