The world’s toughest windsurfing contest returns to the sea with the 2018/2019 Red Bull Storm Chase weather window now open. Here is all you need to know:
– Eight of the world’s best windsurfers will only take to the water in Force 10 winds (89-102kph) across Northern Hemisphere from October 20 to March 15 with a holiday break from December 10 to January 6.
– The ideal conditions have not appeared during the last two winters meaning the likes of 2014 Red Bull Storm Chase champion Thomas Traversa have been frustrated in their attempt to impress the judges.
– Sports Director Klaas Voget, who will confirm the event 72 hours before the start of competition, revealed: “We are stoked to include autumn in the waiting period, as a short 2018 PWA season leaves more space this year. These weeks usually offer the best mix of strong wind and mild temperatures in Northern Europe.”
– The other pre-qualified windsurfers alongside Frenchman Traversa are Spain’s Dany Bruch, German Leon Jamaer and Brazil’s Marcilio Browne with four more selected at a moment’s notice from a pool of 10.
– Professional Windsurfing Association Head Judge Duncan Coombs and his fellow judges will look for jump height and trick difficulty, stylish wave rides, and timing-critical moves on the huge waves.
– Alongside the ideal weather, the location will need close proximity to an international airport, adequate medical coverage and emergency services along with an absolute guarantee of adequate water access.
Jaeger Stone, Australia
Ricardo Campello, Venezuela
Adam Lewis, United Kingdom
Antoine Martin, France
Robby Swift, United Kingdom
Philip Köster, Germany
Kai Lenny, USA
Camille Juban, France
Victor Fernández López, Spain
Jules Denel, France