The world’s most challenging windsurf contest, Red Bull Storm Chase, is on again — and there are four spots left for only the worthiest of competitors.
If you have some serious windsurfing skills, a hunger for hunting down massive winter storms and a very thick wetsuit, you can at least start thinking about it.
But think hard because this isn't a joke. And take a hint from the GIFs below to see what you’d be applying for — or catch the action video here.
You should apply to Red Bull Storm Chase if …
You can catch air like this:
What's the best thing about high-wind windsurfing? Big air. The kind of air that puts even kiteboarders to shame. If you want to do well in Red Bull Storm Chase, you're going to need to be able to punt.
Your sail has a lot of stickers on it:
We’re not trying to exclude anyone … but this contest's sort of exclusive. To have a real shot at getting invited, your sail and board need to sport a few stickers. Basically, you should either be a pro, have been a pro or be on the track to becoming a pro windsurfer.
You have moves like these:
That's called the rewind — it's a push loop into a forward loop. Easy? Not at all. Impressive? Very.
You can ride waves like this:
There's wave sailing, and then there's storm sailing. Storms like the one we're looking for don’t produce turquoise blue lines of peeling rights and lefts. Oh, no. This is victory at sea. Waves come from every angle and break in every direction. If you happen to be caught in the jaws of a beast, you’re going for a ride, so hang on. (But sometimes it's best not to.)
You can handle wind like this:
Red Bull Storm Chase won’t run until peak gusts are touching 60 mph. That’s about when your average human has trouble walking down the street. For this contest, you’ll need to hold on to a sail that's designed to catch even more wind. You might need two people just to get your gear to the water. If you think you can handle that — or better yet, have actually done it before — please apply!
You think this looks like fun:
You’ll crash. Everybody crashes. The question is: How well can you handle it? In a force-10 storm, taking a spill isn’t your standard rinse cycle. It’s a ride in a cement mixer truck.
You're ready to go, now:
Storm chasing means just that — you go where the storm goes. That means you’ve got to be reactive, mobile and willing to spend all night on a plane only to wake up and be on the top of your windsurfing game — all at a moment’s notice. Can you even handle this? If you think so, get us your video ASAP.