- 10 February 2014 | Windsurfing
Thomas Traversa has conquered the Red Bull Storm Chase 2014, in Cornwall, England.
The ultimate storm windsurfer challenged gale winds of 70 knots, in cold water and 10-meter waves. Marcilio Browne secured the runner-up spot, with Leon Jamaer in third place and Dany Bruch in fourth position.
The third mission of the Red Bull Storm Chase 2014 broke all limits. The quality and style of the waveriding on display was outstanding, and England's West Country supplied everything needed.
On Saturday, Traversa was the first to scream straight out the back, launching himself into a range of stratospheric jumps, including some seriously delayed forward loops, and then drop into a 35-foot wave.
Competition was restricted to just two rounds due to a powerful storm surge pushing the tide in fast, before a move to "The Bluff", which offered side to side-off, port-tack conditions with surf peaking at well over mast-high.
On Sunday, the wind levels were lower, but the powerful surf remained and a full round completed in the morning delighted fans of jumping moves, such as the perfect, high, pushloop-forward completed by "Brawzinho" Browne and a host of other super-high jumps launched off 20-foot-high ramps.
The judges calculated the points - counting each sailor's best five wave and jumping scores from throughout the mission - and added their bonus points for the highest jumps and most radical wave rides before declaring Traversa victorious.
Red Bull Storm Chase 2014 Final
1. Thomas Traversa
2. Marcilio Browne
3. Leon Jamaer
4. Dany Bruch