The Red Bull Storm Chase tackles tough stormy conditions in Northern Ireland – A massive storm scheduled for Tuesday!
Strong winds up to 115 miles / h and endless waves showed the best windsurfers in the world because they came in Ireland!
10 March – Waking up with a light dusting of snow on the hills of County Donegal, in the northwestern corner of Ireland, eight of the most adventurous and skilled windsurfer in the world knew that today was going to be epic. With the wind that shook the Windows of the hotel rooms already booked haste, There was no doubt: the storm on the horizon was coming to Magheraroarty Beach.
After assessing the situation from the beach, most riders opted for sails 3,7 MQ, with some of the most robust as Philip Köster that broke through the 4,2 meters. From the very beginning, There were hailstorms and wind gusts, generally somewhere between the 30 and the 60 nodes, about 55 – 110 kmh. The size of the wave have reached the maximum limit, not the biggest I could manage, but many to work. The greatest challenge? The temperature: to just above freezing for much of the day, making it very cold hands and feet!
The riders competed in three rounds of short leg from about 20 minutes. Although each heat wasn't a battle head to head, you are limited to two riders at a time for safety and ease of judgment. During each heat, riders collect points for each jump and wave ride – at the end of the competition, will receive points on a scale of 1 a 10 for their first five scores for each category. A bonus of five points will go to the single largest jump of the entire race and five points for the best wave ride.
The first contestant of the Red Bull Storm Chase and the current leader of the contest Philip Köster said: “And’ been absolutely epic – hard, demanding and cold – but decidedly epic!” To follow Philip are Jaeger Stone, Leon Jamaer and Thomas Traversa ( in that order.) But with more waves and wind coming anyone could still grab first place!
After an epic and amazing day of competition, the event is far from finished – While wind and waves make a quick break today, Monday, 11/03, predictions for the action of the ocean are off the charts for Tuesday, with even more wind and waves much bigger Inbox.
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Check out all the action that went down on our first competition day! . Current standings are: 1. @philip_koster 2. @jaeger_stone 3. @leonjamaer 4. @tomtraversa . The forecast for tomorrow is off the charts, so stay tuned for more… . #RedBullStormChase #Windsurfing #GivesYouWings #Ireland
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• The hardest in the world windsurfing competition
• The waiting period goes from 20/10/2018 to the 15/03/19 with the holiday break 10.12.18 to the 06.01.19
• Riders are judged on jump, wave riding and running rigging
• Four riders have qualified since last event; another four will be selected from a pool of ten athletes in the days leading up to the event
• Fans (and riders) may propose the spots
• The event is confirmed only 72 hours before the competition
Adam Lewis, Jaeger Stone, Thomas Traversa, Dany Bruch, Robby Swift, Philip Köster, Leon Jamaer, Ricardo Campello
Spot & Security: for mobile and reactive nature of the race the spot is still unknown. However priority will be given to sites that offer:
a likely combination of strength 10 of wind and waves;
proximity to an international airport,
adequate medical coverage and emergency services,
an absolute guarantee of adequate access to water.
During the time these conditions are more likely to form in the northern hemisphere.
Comprehensive security crews composed of medical professionals and sports will be on site to assist in emergencies.
Details on www.redbullstormchase.com
photo: John Carter/Red Bull Content Pool
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