3 fat storms above 10 Beaufort, 10 sailors, and the entire planet as a stage. These are the breathtaking ingredients for the most challenging windsurfing contest of all time. To guarantee raging conditions, Red Bull Storm Chase is mobile to the max, with two waiting periods and just 48 hours to mobilize competitors and global contest crew on-site before the storm strikes.
2013 and 2014
7 possible destinations around the globe
3 rounds of competition
10 Competitors: The battle of man vs. man vs. nature begins.
6 Competitors: Narrowing down the fleet of Storm Chasers.
4 Competitors: Who will make the podium?
Storm above force 10 approaching a destination.
Storm Chasers receive the official go and get ready.
Last option to cancel in case the storm faded.
A though journey begins for everyone involved.
Red Bull Storm Chase is ON inside the eye of the storm.
The contest format is simple: 10 sailors compete in the first mission. Six of them advance to mission number two. In the final mission the top four sailors will battle for the ultimate Storm Chaser’s crown.
During each mission, the fleet will be divided into sessions. This is to ensure a manageable number of sailors are in the water at the same time. The number of sailors in each session will be decided by the head judge, depending on the actual conditions on location.
All sailors have to wear safety equipment: Weatherdock GPS-System, ION impact vest and helmet. A Sea-Doo watercraft for rescue will be in the water. Communication on the water is conducted via STM Electronic Gecko-Safety-Helmets. Shelter will be provided by a supersized Heimplanet inflatable tent.
Each round of competition will be judged by three judges:
Head judge for the whole competition. His long-standing experience in this position on the PWA World Tour has earned him respect by sailors and organizers alike.
Second judge on the panel. Aside from his position as Sports & Athletes Manager for the event, Klaas will be on the judging panel for all three missions.
Third judge on the panel. This will be a different guest star for each mission. Expect to see some guys from windsurfing's hall of fame in this position!
Waves and jumps are scored on a scale from 1 to 10, comparable to the PWA-judging-system. However, there are some notable differences: Focus is on radicalness and height. An extremely high jump without a clean landing can get higher scores than a clean landed one. In order to incite sailors for variety, points will be deducted for having the same move two (-1 point) or three times (-2 points) in the top 5 scored moves.
The constellation of sessions will be drawn by the judges and changes for every session. Competitors will be mixed and drawn by the head judge.
Every sailor will have the opportunity to go out for multiple sessions. Judges will present the actual ranking after every complete round of sessions. The 5 best jumps and the 5 best waves from all sessions during the mission will be taken into the final score.
At the end of the day, the crew, judges and all “non sailors” will vote for the highest jump and sickest wave ride. Competitors will be awarded with 5 extra points for these. If two competitors have the same amount of votes, the extra points will be shared.
A global chase for giant waves and wind beyond storm force 10. Join us for the ride of your life!
February 9, 2014
France's Thomas Traversa proves to be the undisputed, ultimate storm windsurfer, winning the Red Bull Storm Chase after a thrilling third and final mission to Cornwall, U.K. Marcilio Browne (BRA) secured the runner-up spot, with Leon Jamaer (GER) in third place and Dany Bruch (GER) in fourth position.
February 8, 2014
The final of Red Bull Storm Chase arrived in the right places at the right time today in Cornwall, scoring two sessions at both Gwithian and The Bluff, that saw epic action in true storm conditions.
The third and final mission of the series is now perfectly poised for a blockbuster finish on Sunday April 9th that will see the ultimate storm windsurfer crowned.
February 7, 2014
The third and final Mission of Red Bull Storm Chase descends on England's West Country - just in time for the mammoth Atlantic Ocean weather system approaching. The Grand Finale to the most-challenging windsurfing contest of all time expects to see winds in excess of 50 knots and powerful surf in the 35-ft region over the weekend of 8/9th of February.
These fearless competitors will go head to head in global missions. They emerged as top 10 in the public online voting, after having been shortlisted by the expert jury headed by Robby Naish. Expect them to deliver insane performances in a fierce competition against the elements and each other.
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From all suggested spots these wicked destinations have been selected as possible competition grounds for the 3 global missions. All of them are known to get hit by massive storms frequently and also feature different spots for changing wind directions, suitable safety infrastructure and good travel options to get there in time. They are constantly monitored for force 10 storms.
Please note: This interactive forecast only hints at the contest warning level. The crew is in direct contact with meteorological advisors. Individual destination warning levels will be set in connection with their recommendations. Markers represent destination regions. Specific spots will be chosen during the missions.