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Sunshine and Surprises in the USA

Storms, what storms? The judges' verdict was clear...let the action commence!

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The locals flocked out to Hell's Gate on a variety of boats, canoes and dinghies, and were in jubilant spirits as the skies above cleared.

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Gary Hunt and David Colturi looked focused and relaxed during the short trip over to the platform.

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Selfie in the sun...Cesilie Carlton and Rachelle Simpson pose for a quick snap on the boat.

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Australian debutant, Rhiannan Iffland, burst onto the scene in style and made a name for herself. Afterwards she said, "today it’s a huge honour for me to be here and compete with the best girls in the world."

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A quick stretch on the grass for David Colturi, who had struggled in practice with a niggling shoulder injury.

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American dream team, from left to right - David Colturi, Steven LoBue, Kyle Mitrione, Andy Jones.

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Steven 'Turbo Spinner' LoBue twists his way off the platform on the way to fifth position at the halfway stage.

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Gary Hunt was not at the top of his game, and sits in 11th place going into the final day. But, who would bet against the 5-time champion powering up the standings and claiming a Texas hat trick.

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Helena Merten made it a one-two for Australia, joining her compatriot Rhiannan Iffland at the top of the standings after two rounds.

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He may only be a wildcard, but Alessandro De Rose has positioned himself nicely in third place and will be aiming for a podium finish on Saturday.

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The star of the day though was undoubtedly Michal Navratil, who turned himself and the established order on its head.

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The Czech diver, nicknamed 'Supratil', floated like a butterfly and stung his rivals with an immaculate display in rounds one and two. He said, "I am absolutely happy about it and super satisfied with this first day."

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He may not be king of the world, but two more dives like that and he could well be Prince of Possum Kingdom Lake come Saturday evening.

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