Red Bull Storm Chase kicks off in stormy Ireland

January 28, 2013 | Windsurfing
Red Bull Storm Chase: welcome to heavy Ireland

The bravest wave windsurfers in the world have been given green light to kick-off the Red Bull Storm Chase, in the heavy slabs of Ireland.

Ten windsurfers have answered the call to assemble within 48-hours from locations as far afield as Hawaii, the mainland US, the Marshall Islands, South Africa, Chile, Morocco, France, Germany and Spain’s Canary islands.

The mission is almost impossible. To take on "Dumps", on the Maharees peninsular end of Brandon Bay, Ireland, in the middle of extreme winter and ocean conditions.

Ireland is known for heavy storm surf and howling winds. Brandon Bay is a former PWA wave spot, where Red Bull Storm Chase can find the right break for almost any wind direction within a couple of kilometers.

The bay allows perfect camera angles with stunning backgrounds. The sailors will have to fight with the fact that wind develops more power in colder temperatures.

Only the six best will advance to the next mission. Josh Angulo, Marcilio Browne, Daniel Bruch, Kenneth Danielsen, Victor Fernandez Lopez, Boujmaa Guilloul, Leon Jamaer, Robby Swift, Julien Taboulet and Thomas Traversa have fasten their seatbelts.

Waves and jumps are scored on a scale from 1 to 10. Focus is on radicalness and height. An extremely high jump without a clean landing can get higher scores than a clean landed one.

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 fans” will vote for the highest jump and sickest wave ride.