Storms, what storms? The judges' verdict was clear...let the action commence!
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.
Gary Hunt and David Colturi looked focused and relaxed during the short trip over to the platform.
Selfie in the sun...Cesilie Carlton and Rachelle Simpson pose for a quick snap on the boat.
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."
A quick stretch on the grass for David Colturi, who had struggled in practice with a niggling shoulder injury.
American dream team, from left to right - David Colturi, Steven LoBue, Kyle Mitrione, Andy Jones.
Steven 'Turbo Spinner' LoBue twists his way off the platform on the way to fifth position at the halfway stage.
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.
Helena Merten made it a one-two for Australia, joining her compatriot Rhiannan Iffland at the top of the standings after two rounds.
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.
The star of the day though was undoubtedly Michal Navratil, who turned himself and the established order on its head.
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."
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.