Red Bull Storm Chase: The ultimate challenge for extreme windsurfers

Wave Breakers: 
Red Bull Storm Chase

Words: Andreas Rottenschlager
Photography: Sebastian Marko

The Red Bull Storm Chase is the ultimate challenge for the most extreme windsurfers in the world. Its stars reveal what you learn about self-confidence when riding the crests of those punishing waves

In Red Bull Storm Chase, the world’s best extreme windsurfers face winds in excess of 100kph and the most severe storms that planet Earth can throw at them. 

The Red Bull Storm Chase 2017 will take place between the beginning of January and mid March.

“The toughest windsurfing contest in the world, Red Bull Storm Chase, is back for 2017! In anticipation for the event, take a look back at the best action highlights from the last contest“

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As soon as a serious tempest nears the Northern Hemisphere, the drill will run as follows:

storm warning

96h 
ALARM

A gale-force 10 storm is advancing on a surfing spot

60h 
ANNOUNCEMENT

The windsurfers get the official go-ahead from the organisers

48h 
LAST CHANCE

There’s a final opportunity to cancel if the storm dies down

24h 
JOURNEY

The eight competitors set off from all corners of the globe

0h 
MISSION

Red Bull Storm Chase begins

forcing a DECISION

Red Bull Storm Chase competitors must wait for gale-force 10 winds (89-101kph).

This satellite image shows the storm over the final venue – Cornwall – on February 10, 2014. The winds peaked at speeds of 61 knots (112kph).

satellite image showing the storm over Cornwall on February 10, 2014

The Red Bull Storm Chase is extreme and dangerous:

During a severe storm, it’s chaos on the high seas. Masts break, sails snap. A gust of wind might hit a windsurfer as he performs a jump and carry him away. Then, powerless, he can drop 10m into waves the size of a house.

Waving the red flag

Judge Klaas Voget waves a flag to interrupt proceedings in Ireland due to bad visibility

“Nervousness is a good thing. It shows you something exciting is happening”
Thomas Traversa

The French windsurfer and Red Bull Storm Chase title-holder Thomas Traversa speaks about how to conquer nerves and the good sides of being nervous. 


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Windsurfers Boujmaa Guilloul (left) and Julien Taboulet

Record-breaking storm: Windsurfers Boujmaa Guilloul (left) and Julien Taboulet at Brandon Bay in Ireland in 2013. Wind speeds peaked at 140kph 

“being able to control panic is just as important as self-confidence“
Dany Bruch

Red Bull Storm Chase veteran Dany Bruch will take on the storms again in 2017. In an interview with The Red Bulletin, he reveals how he deals with panic and doubts.


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Being the toughest windsurfing contest in the world, Red Bull Storm Chase 2017 will take place between the beginning of January and mid March. Eight of the world's top windsurfers will be pitted against windspeeds up to Force 10 (89-102kmh), huge waves and extreme hurricane conditions.

2013 Red Bull Storm Chase windsurfers

Landing Down Under: the 2013 Red Bull Storm Chase windsurfers at an airport in Tasmania

“Ultimately, it always boils down to the same thing: developing a lust for life“
Duncan Coombs

Englishman Duncan Coombs was an active windsurfer for 33 years. Now he is head judge at Red Bull Storm Chase and on the World Windsurfing Tour. He is convinced that it is possible to learn bravery.


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