Well, it’s arrived ladies and gentlemen! The 2017 Gotcha Ichinomiya Chiba Open – Powered by GoPro – started today at a little surf spot called Shida Point which is just south of Tokyo.

Many internationals have  flocked to Japan for the World Surf League Qualifying Series 6000 event.

By all reports, it was the local Japanese surfers who dominated in the surf on the first day of competition.