re-sized windsurfing in storms

The most challenging windsurf contest in the world: Red Bull Storm Chase is back

10 windsurfers – 3 storms – 1 champion

The Red Bull Storm Chase is all about pitting yourself against the elements. Three massive storms beyond wind force 10, tough duels where man vs. man vs. nature, and where the entire planet is the stage! It’s hardly surprising that Red Bull is behind this extraordinary global event.

By hunting down 3 massive storms anywhere in the world, the 10 best and most courageous athletes will challenge each other, and the elements, in a  battle for the crown in this extreme storm windsurfing event. The organisers, Red Bull, will be looking for a 10 Beaufort storm because as windsurfing legend Robby Naish put it: “Sailing in storm surf separates the men from the boys!”

A 10 Beaufort means a full-scale gale with “Very high waves with overhanging crests. Large patches of foam from wave crests give the sea a white appearance. Considerable tumbling of waves with heavy impact. Large amounts of airborne spray reduce visibility”. On land “trees are broken off or uprooted, saplings bent and deformed. Poorly attached asphalt shingles and shingles in poor condition peel off roofs”. Winds of up to 89–102 km/h (55–63 mph). Ye Gods!

Anyone can send in their application, amateur or pro, and the lucky 10 will be selected in July and then the hunt for ‘the perfect storm’ will be on. The competition will run between August and November and the competitors will go to wherever the storm is.

The format of Red Bull Storm Chase is simple: 10 riders will compete in the first mission. 6 advance to the second mission. In the final mission, the top 4 riders will battle for victory. To guarantee raging conditions, Red Bull Storm Chase 2012 will be mobile to the max, with a 4-month holding period and just 48 hours to mobilise riders and global contest crew on-site before the storm strikes. The starting flag will drop as soon as the wind exceeds 10 Beaufort (54 knots / 100 kmh / 62 mph).


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