Red Bull Storm Chase Is Back on the Hunt

When the next big storm hits the Northern Hemisphere, these brave windsurfers will be there.
By Josh Sampiero

There's a lot of things we don't know about Red Bull Storm Chase. But we do know this: It's the toughest windsurfing contest in the world, and it's happening again in 2017. So what don't we know? When or where it's going to happen. Confused? Let us explain. 

Red Bull Storm Chase is literally just that — a chase. Storm windsurfing is all about scoring the biggest waves and most wind — and that doesn't happen every day. During the 2017 contest period from Jan. 9 to March 12, eight of the world's best windsurfers will wait for a Force 10 or higher storm. And when that iconic storm comes, the chase begins.

Think you have it what it takes to battle the storm? You can apply here to be considered for one of four wildcard slots.

Want a better idea of what storm windsurfing is all about? Watch the action clip below. 

So, what will the event crew be looking for? Specifically, winds approaching 60 mph and waves well over mast-high — epic conditions only the bravest and most talented windsurfers can even handle, much less dominate. Once a suitable storm is in sight, the location will be selected based on important criteria like access, logistics and safety. Then, it's time for action. 

Stay tuned to the Red Bull Storm Chase Facebook page and to know when that special storm will hit. 

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