In eight-foot waves, Nathan Curran of the US was among those who shone on day three of five of the ASP four-star rated event.
But day four was called off as the waves reached 10 feet in the stormy conditions.
As a result, the champion will be crowned on Wednesday - provided conditions improve, which they are expected to do.
Curran, who is looking to re-qualify for the ASP top 34, opened his account with a long righthander before waiting for most of the rest of his heat to post a back-up score.
“My strategy was to try and be selective,” Curran said. “There’s not a lot of guys catching waves and I lucked in to the first one and it put me on the board. I was trying to be patient and I got caught down in to five minutes before my next good one.
"I would have rather got one earlier, but I think the guys that are patient are the guys that are getting through today."
"This is a warm-up event for me,” he added. “The waves are fun and it’s close to home and the vibe here is really cool. It’s a fun way to start off the year and I’m picking and choosing events I want to do. I’m looking forward to having another good year."
Top seed CJ Hobgood also progressed through his round of 64 heat with a similarly patient brand of surfing.
"I just told myself that no one else had scores and to be patient," Hobgood said. "The only time you could really chill was when you’re on the inside paddling back out.
"Really though, it’s like any contest. If you want to do well, you have to perform in all conditions. We get conditions like this all the time in CTs, but I was lucky that no one posted a big score in that heat."
Round of 64 results:
Heat 1: Gabe Kling (USA) 12.60, Dillon Perillo (USA) 10.07, Jake Kelley (USA) 7.50, Joshua Moniz (HAW) 6.60
Heat 2: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 11.83, Phillip Goold (USA) 10.10, Guillermo Satt (CHL) 8.26, Hank Gaskell (HAW) 6.96
Heat 3: Nils Schweizer (USA) 8.67, Cam Richards (USA) 8.66, Miguel Tudela (PER) 8.30, Dege O’Connell (HAW) 7.86
Heat 4: Taylor Knox (USA) 8.64, Hunter Lysaught (USA) 7.57, Jeffrey Lukasik (USA) 6.94, Jeremy Carter (USA) 5.60
Heat 5: Evan Geiselman (USA) 8.07, Wesley Toth (PRI) 6.33, Davey Brand (ZAF) 5.66, Makai McNamara (HAW) 5.04
Heat 6: Steven Pierson (PYF) 12.50, Michael Dunphy (USA) 9.57, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 5.53, Magnum Martinez (VEN) 5.00
Heat 7: Rob Kelly (USA) 12.66, Dylan Graves (PRI) 8.20, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 8.20, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 8.03
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.74, Ryan Bignold (AUS) 6.53, Carlos Cabrero (PRI) 4.20, Christian Saenz (USA) 3.47
Heat 9: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.67, Taylor Clark (USA) 8.67, Blake Jones (USA) 5.42, Dean Randazzo (USA) 2.14
Heat 10: Manuel Selman (CHL) Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 9.33, Matt Pagan (USA) 7.70, Tommy Bursian (PRI) 6.67
Heat 11: Asher Nolan (USA) 12.16, Cory Lopez (USA) 9.13, Chase Wilson (USA) 8.04, Dylan Southworth (MEX) 6.96
Heat 12: Cody Thompson (USA) 11.10, Kellen Ellison (USA) 8.33, Balaram Stack (USA) 5.76, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 5.03
Heat 13: Chris Ward (USA) 9.86, Michael Powell (USA) 9.50, Brett Barley (USA) 8.10, Trevor Thornton (USA) 7.10
Heat 14: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 10.83, Ricardo Delgado (PRI) 6.13, Ian Crane (USA) 5.90, Miguel Diaz (PRI) 5.20
Heat 15: Dylan Goodale (HAW) 9.13, Marcelo Rodriguez (ARG) 8.90, Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 7.27, Jose Tavarez (PRI) 6.80
Heat 16: Brian Toth (PRI) 10.06, Andrew Doheny (USA) 6.46, Evan Thompson (USA) 4.53, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 4.27