Tanzania, Ireland, England – These were the three far-flung corners of the globe that some of the best windsurfers in the world went to in search of the perfect storm – strong enough to produce force 10 winds and massive, mast-high waves. The contest is all about making the best of bad weather.
The video above – second in our Epic Series – showcases some of the highlights.
Each of the three stops was a raging (literally) success, producing some of the most fear-inducing windsurf footage ever seen. Even windsurf legend Robby Naish said it himself: “Windsurfing in storm surf separates the men from the boys."
World champion wavesailor Marcilio 'Brawsinho' Browne, from Brazil, had this to say: “The Storm Chase is not about sailing for points and having a 'contest plan', it's more about going as big as possible and still making it back to the beach!”
After two stops, everyone had taken a beating, and the initial field of ten riders had been whittled down to four. The final event in Cornwall, UK, produced one winner: French windsurfer Thomas Traversa, whose skill in the storm surf was unparalleled. The phrase that Traversa kept repeating, a full day after the event: “Those were the biggest waves we've seen in Storm Chase, ever.”
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