Photos: best of Red Bull Storm Chase

Three epic storms. Three amazing locations. These pictures show storm sailing at its absolute best.
By Josh Sampiero

You might call it bad weather. Government officials might call it a reason for concern. These windsurfers? They call it a hell of a good time. The second edition of the Red Bull Storm Chase has now chased down three major storms from one side of the world to the other.

You can find the Red Bull Storm Chase wrap-up video here – but first scroll down for our favourite shots from all three events (and a bonus from the original Red Bull Storm Chase in 2006)!

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Above it all
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Above it all Thomas Traversa flew higher than the rest – high enough that he was able to claim the Red Bull Storm Chase crown, over nine other extremely talented riders. © Simon Crowther/Red Bull Content Pool
High-flying fun
High-flying fun Dany Bruch soars above the surf in Brandon Bay in Ireland last year, before entering a forward-loop rotation. © John Carter/Red Bull Content Pool
Brandon Bay’s bus-sized waves
Brandon Bay’s bus-sized waves Julien Taboulet carves into a real-deal wave at Ireland’s Brandon Bay, in the fall of 2013. © John Carter/Red Bull Content Pool
Tasmanian teeth
Tasmanian teeth Thomas Traversa, who would go on to win the overall Storm Chase crown, carves up into a thick lip in Tasmania. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Up and over
Up and over In normal surfing, you try to duck-dive under the lip. In storm-driven windsurfing, it’s much better to go over. © Thorsten Indra/Red Bull Content Pool
Storm party
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Storm party With storm surf, there are plenty of waves to go around, so everyone can have fun. © Thorsten Indra/Red Bull Content Pool
Marrawah muncher
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Marrawah muncher Thomas Traversa narrowly escapes the impact of a thick lip in Tasmania. © Thorsten Indra/Red Bull Content Pool
The first storm
The first storm Klaas Voget competed in the first-ever Red Bull Storm Chase in 2006. Now, he’s one of the key organizers. This frigid-looking wave is in Denmark. © Tom Körber
Round 2
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Round 2 This shot shows Dany Bruch in Tasmania. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Shooting the moon
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Shooting the moon Thomas Traversa sends it skywards over the Cornish coast in southwest England. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
White-out conditions
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White-out conditions Thomas Traversa in massive whitewater in Cornwall. The biggest storm (to date) of the Atlantic season sent a 10m swell aimed directly at the British coast. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Crunchy Cornwall
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Crunchy Cornwall Thomas Traversa punts an aerial off the lip – landing him safely in the flats, instead of getting tumbled with his gear in the whitewater. © Simon Crowther/Red Bull Content Pool
Walking in the wind
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Walking in the wind The force-10 storms meant that simply walking to the water was often difficult – and even harder when you had to carry a windsurfing rig. © Simon Crowther/Red Bull Content Pool
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