With four of the worlds most gnarly storm riders en-route to Cornwall to battle it out in round 3 of the Red Bull Storm Chase, Boardseeker decided to speak to the locals about what the riders might expect, where the chase could be held and who could take the title. These 'locals' also happen to be some of the big guns in the UK, their knowledge combined is simply unrivalled and so is their abilities to hold their own when the storms hit and the swells are pumping.
If you can make it down you have to get there, it will be the show of the century! - Muzza
Scroll through the pages to see what our UK locals think (or click the short-cut links below).
From what I’ve seen so far, it will be bigger than the Cornwall wave classic was, maybe twice as big!! - Horrocks
Andy King - 2nd BWA tour stop England (Cornwall) 2013
Despite being early February both the water and air temps are very favourable and unlikely to cause much of an issue, although a west wind may just see air temps drop below ten degrees... The wind looks set to be howling but the direction is fluctuating between SW and West which does have a massive effect on where will be good. High tide is set to be around mid-day which, although only a neap, means the South coast will be better either early am or late afternoon... If the wind is from the south west St Ives bay comes into play with the Bluff or Mexico's as viable options throughout the tides.
The North coast spots go onshore with a west wind however Crantock can offer very sailable conditions with some great jumping and bowling heavy wave riding. Daymer is another great storm spot but is likely to be too sheltered to offer conditions fierce enough to match those of Ireland or Tasmania.
Bigbury although technically in Devon can be very good in a westerly wind and will certainly have plenty of swell.
Lastly, a curved ball could be Kimmeridge or Ringstead if the wind goes true west.
Phil Horrocks - 2013 BWA Champion
I think it's going to be pretty big down there! From what I've seen so far, it will be bigger than the Cornwall wave classic was, maybe twice as big!! With that the 50 knots + should be crazy out there! I just hope they all get in and out safely! I know there's a lot of spots down there but choosing the right one will be an on the ground job when you have the eyeball on it.
In wild conditions like that there’s a lot of water shifting around, Cornwall has cliffs, caves, reefs, all kinds of gnarly stuff to get smashed up on...
In wild conditions like that there's a lot of water shifting around, Cornwall has cliffs, caves, reefs, all kinds of gnarly stuff to get smashed up on!! So like I said, I hope they all make it in and out safe and sound. I think Leon's got the skills when it's super gnarly and my money is on him. If not, then it's team mate Thomas Traversa, he may be small but he's always on it in storm conditions.
Steve Thorp - THE Storm Chaser
Ooh the storm chase.. Well it’s definitely going to be windy. And wavy. And have some of the worlds best sailors killing it. So for sure it’s going to be a great spectacle.
I'm not a great expert on tide levels and stuff, the real local locals will be a bit more dialled on the details.. but I'd be heading for the Bluff. Shouldn't be too out of control as there's a bit of south in the swell. Should be very powerful though. Looks like a lot of west in the wind, so maybe a little onshore at the Bluff itself. Over the river could be cleaner with some bombs, not quite so big but top to bottom sand dredgers, could be good.. less wind than the Bluff itself.
Maza (Marazion) I think will be massive and breaking very far out, a lot of lines of white water, at least at the lower tides. Higher tides could be more punchy. By Newquay I guess they're thinking Crantock, never sailed it, but would be cross on. Much bigger over the far East side, more sheltered under the Bowgie side. Handy pub for a pint, say hello to bar manager/windsurfer Rich White if you head that way to watch! They're in safe hands with Duncan (Coombs, the head judge) anyway, he's a local and will no doubt have eyes everywhere, I'm looking forward to it!
Chris 'Muzza' Murray - Vice BWA Champion
...for sure we will see crazy sailing, these boys are mental. The level of the sailors that are left in is just unreal...
When they turn up in Cornwall I'm expecting unreal conditions. It was already massive yesterday (05/02) in Lyme Regis. From what I've heard I think they will try the Bluff and so for sure we will see crazy sailing, these boys are mental. The level of the sailors that are left in is just unreal. If you can make it down you have to get there, it will be the show of the century.
As I said I think the Bluff will probably be the most sheltered spot but still providing big swells for great action, also with river flying out it makes a good channel to get out through huge waves there. Making it perhaps a little more sailable...
Of all the guys entered I think Thomas (Traversa) has a pretty good chance of winning.