The Australian windsurfer Jaeger Stone wins the Red Bull Storm Chase while gusts of wind 131 miles / h and waves of 8 m hit the Irish coast!
After a relatively quiet start to the day, winds and stormy waves arrived in full strength for world's toughest race windsurf.
12 March – The powerful forces of the North Atlantic a massive storm hit the beaches of Northwest Ireland. Eight world-class surfers, they had traveled from every corner of the globe, braved the wind and waves for the Red Bull Storm Chase, the hardest in the world windsurfing competition. Having waited over three years to the arrival of such a storm, competitors and the crew could not believe their eyes to the conditions before them.
Take home the trophy the Australian Jaeger Stone, sailing in the coldest conditions of his life. “It was absolutely insane compete under these conditions”, He said the 28-year-old. “It was ballistically, massive and frosty. Win the race seems unreal, and it's still not lowered – I'm still just trying to warm up your hands!”
Although Saturday there was a day of heating, and a first day of competition on Sunday, all eyes were fixed on the “Great Tuesday” When the wind and waves were expected to reach the peak. Driving over the Hill in front of Magheroarty Beach, the conditions initially seemed to calm – but quickly the tide went down and the wind increased. While the helicopters and the security of the jet skis were a look, the competition kicked off.
The eight riders competed in pairs to 20 minutes of heat in temperatures to almost 8° C. The judges watched from the top of the cliff while the wind and the waves increased in intensity throughout the day, providing a canvas for breathtaking rides and amazing aerobatics.
The competition during the first two rounds took place on cliff Lee, focusing on the waves, but with the size of the wave and the change of wind direction, competitors have moved onto the beach break for a final round of heats short – with wind gusts to 131 km/h.
Early in the day, Philip Koester, Jaeger Stone, Leon Jamaer and Thomas Traversa were leading the ranking, but with a new situation of wind and waves, anyone could win the race. The highlights of the second day included a double push loop almost closed by Ricardo Campello and the incredible Air Taka by Philip Köster and several huge aerials of the former event winner Thomas Traversa – but none of them has put together all points to prevent Jaeger to claim the title of champion of the Red Bull Storm Chase. The numerous jumps and surfing of Jaeger, along with a larger wave hit bonus, they sealed the deal.
Sporting Director Klaas Voget says: “among all the Storm Chases that we did, This was the most difficult – the conditions were radicals, and it was so cold. The temperatures were only about 5° C – I didn't think we'd see such performances at these temperatures. And’ awesome condition. And finally, today was the windiest day where many of these guys have never sailed”.
The award ceremony was held in place with winds still strong and rain, While competitors and the organizers thanked local security and support crew and the community of Magheroarty for hosting the world's toughest race windsurf.
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This is the storm we waited 3 years for. A historical day for windsurfing with winds gusting up to 130 km/h and 8 meter waves. Thank you to the riders for the action, Ireland for the hospitality and mother nature for delivering these radical conditions! . #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
Riders: 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, Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool, Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool
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