It was a relaxed two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning at Burleigh Heads on Thursday as he put the competition rash vest back on for the first time in season 2013.
He then went onto a comfortable Round 4 heat win in the ASP 4-Star Breaka Burleigh Pro.
"This is a good warm-up for the season ahead - Burleigh is a fun wave and it's breaking well this week so it suits my preparation" said Fanning.
"I'm feeling good right now and ready for a big season ahead, my body and boards are good and I had a great time on-tour last year.
"I'm looking to improve on last year's ranking for sure - by two places!" Joked Fanning who finished a close 3rd on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour.
Fanning put on his typically fast and dynamic display to take an easy heat win and advance to Round 5 ahead of Newcastle surfer Ryan Callinan who advanced in second place on a score-line 14.27 to 13.47.
In Friday's Round 5 clash Fanning will face young up-and-coming Australian Matt Banting who was one of the stand-out heat winners today posting an impressive two wave heat tally of 16.86.