Windsurfing fans, all across the globe are turning their attention to the shores of Cornwall this weekend for Mission 3 of the Red Bull Storm Chase, which is set to go down in some fearsome conditions. As most of the western side of the UK are preparing to seek cover and lock themselves away for the weekend, the competitors and crew are gunning to meet the storm head on. In what forecasters are promising to be the biggest storm of this already turbulent winter, the courageous challengers will battle it out in mountainous surf.
For those who are not familiar with the Red Bull Storm Chase, in Mission 1 it pits 10 of the world’s best windsurfers against each other in the heart of a storm that must register winds above 10 on the Beaufort scale, (minimum 62mph). At the end of the first mission six competitors will progress to Mission 2 and they will battle it out until only 4 riders remain to progress to Mission 3.
Mission 3 will see the last four riders compete in the biggest storm of the series for the title of the Ultimate Storm Chaser and the winning sailor will collect the prize money. The four final competitors are Daniel Bruch, Marcilio Browne, Thomas Traversa and Leon Jammer and are all posting regular updates on their travel to and impending arrival in Cornwall via the Red Bull Storm Chaser webpage.
At this moment in time there are 4 possible beaches in the frame for this colossal competition Newquay (Cribbar), Hayle (Bluff), Gwithian and Marazion and the Judges are currently keeping an eye on the best location. As things stand at the moment the surf forecasted for Saturday and Sunday is between 11 – 30 foot at these locations.
The only thing that is certain at this moment in time is that the Red Bull Storm Chase is on and the 4 sailors will be heading to do battle for the title of The Ultimate Storm Chaser. To get an idea of what you can expect, take a look at the video below that features highlights of Mission 2 in Tasmania. To keep up to speed with events this weekend check in at the Red Bull event page here.