The Irish winners of the Red Bull Storm Chase

January 28, 2013 | Windsurfing
Red Bull Storm Chase: Ireland is tough

Thomas Traversa, Daniel Bruch, Julien Taboulet, Marcilio Browne, Victor Fernandez Lopez and Robby Swift have advanced to the second mission of the Red Bull Storm Chase.

Judges of the Irish stop of the Red Bull Storm Chase decided that there is no winner in the land of the Guinness beer, but it was Thomas Traversa who scored the highest overall of the day.

"It's either more than 60-knots, or the wind is so much denser it feels much stronger. It was scariest walking down the beach!", expressed Robby Swift.

Heats were very tight and only a few lulls let sailors rest. Escaping huge close-out waves, beatiful aerials, backloops, failed 360 degrees moves and helicopter mode shots.

The Red Bull Storm Chase in Ireland grew nerves in all sailors, in the minutes prior to the kick-off. There were waves hitting the over-mast level. The big wave windsurfing event was held between "Dumps" and "Hell's Gate".

"It's hard to describe how windy it was - there was way more than I ever anticipated. I saw that everyone was about as out-of-control as me, but we all tried our best, nobody complained and the most important thing is that everyone is safe", says Thomas Traversa, the best rider of the first mission.

"I like the contest format a lot and I think that for Mission 2 we'll all be more prepared, relaxed and will know what to expect. I don't think it could really be any windier and still possible to sail - but I have a 2.5 that I'll take on the next one for sure".

Winds were very strong and blowing at 50 knots, with gusts peaking at 74 knots in 20-foot waves.

Red Bull Storm Chase, Brandon Bay, Ireland | Results

1. Thomas Traversa (France)
2. Dany Bruch (Germany)
3. Julien Taboulet (Spain)
4. Marcilio Browne (Brazil)
5. Victor Fernandez (Spain)
6. Robby Swift (Great Britain)
7. Boujmaa Guilloul (Morocco)
8. Josh Angulo (Cape Verde)
9. Leon Jamaer (Germany)
10. Kenneth Danielsen (Denmark)