Among the surfers slightly wary of the wild element to the series, however, is the American, Eric Geiselman. Eric was at the Cold Water Classic Series California when he had a close escape after his board was "nudged" by a shark.
"Yeah. I try not to think about that too much," said Eric who also went through top of his heat in this round of 144. "It's pretty wild and remote out here. Hopefully I can just continue to surf through the comp and avoid one of those critters again!"
With the forecast showing the weather starting to settle, it should be the waves that the surfers can focus on over the coming days of competition.
© O'Neil CWC Tasmania