10 of the world’s best windsurfers from eight countries completed a demanding competition in Kerry, Ireland during the first mission of the Red Bull Storm Chase – the most-challenging windsurfing contest of all time. Despite recorded storm-force gusts of up to 74 knots [more](137kmh) and fierce 20-ft waves, the sailors completed three rounds of competition in two locations on the Maharees peninsular. After possibly the most radical day in windsurfing history, Marcilio Browne, Dany Bruch, Victor Fernandez, Robby Swift, Julien Taboulet and Thomas Traversa advance to the second Mission of Red Bull Storm Chase.
Red Bull Storm Chase, Results First Mission, Brandon Bay, Ireland:
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)
The top six sailors from the first mission will compete in the second mission.
Remaining Red Bull Storm Chase competition grounds (2 will be surfed):
Cape Hatteras/US-East Coast, USA
South West Coast, Iceland
Omaezaki/South East Coast, Japan
North West Coast, Tasmania
About Red Bull Storm Chase:
Red Bull Storm Chase is the most-challenging windsurfing contest of all time, with a waiting period that started in August 2012. By hunting down 3 massive storms around the globe, 10 of the world’s best sailors will battle for the crown of ultimate storm windsurfer. Now extended into 2013, the competition is split into two parts in accordance with the main global storm seasons: Between January 10 and March 22, 2013, the sailors will be on standby to hunt down two massive storms at seven previously nominated destinations. From July 22, 2013, the top four sailors from rounds 1 and 2 will compete for the title in the final mission at one of the Red Bull Storm Chase destinations. To catch raging conditions, the participants have to be flexible-to-the-max during the two holding periods with just 48-hours to mobilise on-site before the next storm strikes. The contest format is simple: The top 10 sailors from the online voting compete in the first mission. Six advance to the second and the 4 best riders to the final mission.
Contest Period I: January 10 – March 22, 2013 (2 missions)
Contest Period II: July 22 – September 10, 2013 (1 final mission)