It was a resounding success and at the same time not far off the definition of insanity as 10 of the finest windsurfers met at Ireland’s famous Brandon Bay to windsurf in the 72 knot hurricane force winds!!! Need we say more? The answer simply put is no. We’ve thrown in a bit of text from the official Red Bull round up, some initial footage from headline news reports and our own gallery of outrageous photos. Check them out below and congratulations to the top 6 who passed to mission two and will now face the next hurricane somewhere on our planet…
From Red Bull
After a ground-breaking day of hurricane-strength windsurfing, six sailors – Marcilio Browne, Dany Bruch, Victor Fernandez, Robby Swift, Julien Taboulet and Thomas Traversa – advance to Mission 2 of Red Bull Storm Chase.
With wind speeds peaking at over 70 knots and angry, 20-ft waves, the ten competitors on Mission 1 completed three rounds of competition at two spots in Brandon Bay, Ireland.
To kick-off the first round, Professional Windsurfers’ Association (PWA) World Tour Head Judge Duncan Coombs, Red Bull Storm Chase Sports Director Klaas Voget and local Guest Judge Timo Mullen picked a man-on-man format with a ten-minute heat duration in cross-onshore, port tack conditions at ‘Dumps’ beach.
There were definitely nerves amongst the competitors as they prepared their gear and struggled to drag it to the water’s edge in such extreme conditions. Not many people expected it to be even possible to sail in such strong wind that angrily churned-up the sea.
Photos by JC and Bartholomew James