Red Bull Storm Chase: challenging a wall of white water

The Red Bull Storm Chase has had up to 140 windsurfers registering with impressive imagesof the fiercest challenges against the elements.

The expert panel has nominated 50 sailors for public voting before 15th July 2012. The 140 riders come from 33 countries and the final nominations were picked by windsurfing legend Robby Naish and his expert companions: PWA Head Judge, Duncan Coombs, and leading windsurfing photographer John Carter.

"We were blown away by the high level and band of sailors: prominent professionals like Victor Fernandez, Ricardo Campello and Philip Köster registered as well as hot-shot amateurs and promising rookies", said Coombs.

"This was definetely not an easy choice. Big thanks to all the riders who registered." Now it is your turn to select the ones you want to see competing. The voting is available www.redbullstormchase.com and in Facebook.

You have ten votes in total, but only one per rider. The Red Bull Storm Chase is the most challenging windsurfing contest of all time. By hunting down 3 massive storms anywhere in the world, the 10 best sailors will battle for the crown of ultimate storm windsurfer.

The contest format is simple. The top 10 sailors from the online voting compete in the first mission. Six advance to the second and the four best riders to the final mission.

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 onsite before the storm strikes, between August 1st and November 30th.