TASMANIA has turned on the weather for six professional windsurfers and offered some of the best storm-riding conditions they have seen in the world for years.
The riders hit the waves off the West Coast of Tasmania, near Marrawah, for the past two days, as part of the Red Bull Storm Chase.
In a knockout competition, riders take to waves across the world, with wind speeds averaging at least 100km/h and swells about seven metres.
Six riders made it through to the Tasmania mission, after moving through the first mission in Ireland.
Four riders - Marcilio Browne, Leon Jamaer, Dany Bruch and Thomas Traversa - came out on top yesterday and will progress to the next round.
Red Bull Storm Chase sports and athlete manager Klaas Voget said the conditions yesterday at Back of Lighthouse were perfect.
"The waves have been pumping all through the night," he said.
"They've been about five to seven metres, they had a perfect shape, and the wind was in the perfect direction.
"I think we've seen some of the best wave sailing we've seen in the past couple of years ... and the conditions have been some of the best I've seen."
The finalists will move to the third and final round, but it is yet to be decided where and when that will be held.
"We can't really tell when it's going to be, we just have to wait and see the forecasts," Voget said.
"If we don't get a proper storm before the end of 2014 we'll have to extend it for another year, but we're hoping we'll get a good storm this year."
It is expected the final may be held in France, Ireland or Britain.
Voget said some riders had already said they would come back to Tasmania.
"It offers amazing windsurfing conditions and the people are very friendly," he said.