The pressure turned up a notch on day 7 at the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games.
Friday (23 September) at Huntington Beach, California involved a lot of patience as waves were few and far between at times. But when they did arrive they didn't disappoint.
We repeatedly saw how one wave could make or break a surfer's day, moving them on to the next round or ending their competition.
To add to the drama, we're getting closer to the first two Paris 2024 quota spots being awarded.
Heading into the final day of the competition, USA and Indonesia are the frontrunners for the men's national quota spot, followed by Japan, Portugal, and Australia who still have mathematical chances.
For the women's national team quota spot for the next Olympics, Australia is leading the way, with Portugal close behind. The USA, France, and Germany are also in the mix but will need big performances and other results to go their way.
Continue reading for the rundown on Friday's action, watch highlights and full replays of how day 7 unfolded, as we paint the picture for Saturday's finals where all will be decided.
To watch history be made, ahead of surfing's second Olympic Games, catch the action live on Olympics.com.
Moment of the day: Baker puts on a clinic
Australia's Jackson Baker was one of the stars of the morning with an incredible performance in the repechage round 10 heat 1.
Against Brazil's Miguel Pupo and Indonesia's Rio Waida, Baker kicked off the heat with an impressive 9.57 ride within the first minute.
Three minutes later he picked up another solid score with a 6.83 to lock up the heat win.
Considering the waves on offer, his two waves were certainly worthy of the victory.
Caught our eye: Aloha Cup
Imagine combining mixing surfing with the 100m relay - that is the Aloha Cup.
After two semi-finals, Team USA, Portugal, Argentina and France were the teams in the final. Each team had two men and two women.
One team member starts the heat for each team, and their top two waves count towards the team's heat total. They run back up the beach to tag their teammate who then enters the surf for their own change to impress. Each team is allowed a maximum of three waves per athlete.
From the get-go France was dominant and they did not relinquish the lead. The next Olympic hosts took the victory followed by team USA in silver. Their continued success is a promising statement as they prepare to host the Paris 2024 Games.
As it happened: Day seven at 2022 ISA World Surfing Games
The women's super heat (main round, heat 1) of defending ISA World Surfing Games champion Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Daniella Rosas (PER), Teresa Bonvalot (POR) and Yolanda Hopkins (POR) lived up to expectations.
Bonvalot's 5.83 score was just what she was after and followed up with a 3.33 in tough conditions. Hopkins was given an interference penalty and therefore her second wave did not count. While Fitzgibbons failed to get a second wave as Rosas got the score she needed (3.23, on top of her 1.00) in the dying seconds of the heat to finish second and progress.
For the men, Indonesia's Ketut Agus has continued his outstanding run. Up against Olympian Kolohe Andino (USA) and 2022 WSL rookie of the year Samuel Pupo (BRA), the 21-year-old held his own to finish second in repechage heat 2, behind Andino and will continue his run on Saturday.
Forecast: Day eight action and weather
Saturday is finals day and so much is on the line.
The surf will be similar to what we have seen on previous days: Small and clean with light morning winds.
Look out for Rio Waida and Agus in the men's repechage 11 heat. The Indonesians will be hungry to keep their Olympic quota hopes alive but will need to overcome an in form Baker and Andino.
The men's main round sees Igarashi (JPN), Lucca Mesinas (PER), and Nat Young (USA) take on Guilherme Fonseca (POR).
The Portuguese has surprised many and is definitely one to keep an eye on.
In the women's draw, Bonvalot has been in fine form but will face some stiff competition from Kirra Pinkerton who is eager to make her mark for Team USA. Pauline Ado (FRA) and Daniella Rosas (PER) should also not be underestimated.
Fitzgibbons and Sophie McCulloch will keep fighting for Australia while Hopkins will try to keep Portugal's dream alive, as will Rachel Presti for Germany.
You do not want to miss the action on Saturday, when the two Paris 2024 Olympic quota spots will be decided. Catch it all live on Olympics.com.