Red Bull Storm Chase: the event requires a Force 10 storm to get underway | Photo: Red Bull

The world of windsurfing is gearing up for the toughest wave sailing contest on the planet. The shortlist for the 2017 Red Bull Storm Chase has been revealed.

Jaeger Stone, Ricardo Campello, Adam Lewis, Antoine Martin, Robby Swift, Philip Köster, Kai Lenny, Camille Juban, Victor Fernández López, and Jules Denel.

Four of these ten windsurfers will join four pre-qualified riders: Thomas Traversa, Dany Bruch, Leon Jamaer, and Marcilio Browne. They are the finalists of the 2014 Red Bull Storm Chase, an event won by Traversa.

The windsurfing contest requires a Force 10 storm (winds of 89-102 km/h) and huge swells to get underway. The location of the spot is only announced 72 hours before the start of the event.

Windsurfers will have to perform the biggest jumps and the most extreme tricks to conquer the Red Bull Storm Chase. Wipeouts and multiple wave hold-downs are part of the equation.

The waiting period for the extreme windsurfing contest runs from January 9th to March 12th.