August 18, 2013 – The opening day of Red Bull Storm Chase Mission #2 saw a full round of competition completed in challenging starboard tack, side-onshore conditions at Temma Beach in North West Tasmania. Wind up to 64 knots and 25-foot Great Southern Ocean surf challenged all six competitors.
Thomas Traversa dominated the first round and took the highest scores in both categories. Speaking of the Frenchman’s skills Duncan Coombs said “Thomas rode the surf in the most critical situations and looked totally in control – it was like he was playing with the storm while others were struggling in comparison”. Thomas Traversa: “It was challenging and didn’t look too inviting’ but there were some nice waves coming through here and there with loads and loads of wind. We all tried our best and I personally enjoyed the starboard tack wind from the right conditions that I prefer for jumping. I hope tomorrow will be better for down-the-line wavesailing and that we can show everyone what we can do in clean surf conditions.”