But the magic stopped there for last year's No. 4 surfer in the world, who was competing in his first event of the year at Lowers, after suffering a knee injury. Reynolds followed up with a paltry 2.7 total points in his second heat to finish fourth. Yes, folks, a total heat score of 2.7 points.
Last year's winner Gabe Kling was ousted in his first heat along with last year's runner-up, Chris Davidson.
With a small inconsistent swell in the waist- to chest-high range, there have been plenty of big-time upsets; however, the San Clemente locals have been blazing along with the ever-small wave mastery of the Brazilians.
Advancing through Wednesday and on to the Round of 24 were San Clemente's Tanner and Patrick Gudauskas and Kolohe Andino; Santa Barbara's Bobby Martinez; Florida's Cory Lopez; and Brazilians Gabriel Medina, Heitor Alves, Alejo Muniz and others.
Look for the weather to remain nice, cooling a little, and the waves to remain somewhat small and inconsistent. Who's my pick to take a big win this week at Lowers? I'm going for a big Cinderella story outcome with Tanner Gudauskas winning.
JAMES PRIBRAM is a Laguna Beach native, professional surfer and John Kelly Environmental Award winner. He can be reached at Jamo@AlohaSchoolofSurfing.com.