IT WAS a tough first day of competition for the Red Bull Storm Chase yesterday as windsurfers battled to compete with currents, changing winds and an eight-metre swell.
Mission two of the chase began at 9am at Temma, on the state's West Coast, however it didn't take long before the six competing riders were called back to shore.
``We started one round but then we needed to get the sailers back to shore because the wind was a little light and they were struggling to get up,'' sport and athlete manager Klaas Voget said.
``The wind picked up about lunch time and allowed the riders to complete one round.''
However, the riders weren't too happy with the conditions.
``They hope for some conditions where they can show their skills a bit more,'' Voget said.
``Today was so difficult for them because of the current and the on-shore winds.
``We also lost one of the skis on the rocks, so they were pretty heavy conditions.''
The Red Bull Storm Chase is an eliminating worldwide windsurfing competition which sees some of the best windsurfers take to the waves and show their skills.
Round 1 was held in Ireland with 10 participants. Six made it through to the next round, and after the competition finishes in Tasmania today, four will make it through to the third and final round.
Forecasts last night showed winds would move west, south-west today, which Voget said was ideal for the spot the riders were heading.
The riders will take to the Back of Lighthouse, near Marrawah, about 7am this morning.
``Looking at the ocean right now, I'm pretty confident there will be very good conditions,'' Voget said last night.
``It will still be very windy and the waves will be pumping . . . but there's going to be larger periods between the waves, so it should be much cleaner, easier to ride and better to jump.''
The max on-site wind reading yesterday was 119km/h.
The best scoring rider was Thomas Travers, of France.
To get live updates of what's happening in the competition visit www.redbullstorm chase.com
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