Focus on: Windy days

Prepare to be blown away by these amazing photos of athletes enjoying high winds and big waves.
By Lukas Pilz and Sam Bloomfield

There’s nothing like some truly challenging conditions to bring the best out of action sports athletes. If you need any proof to back up that statement, check out these images of windsurfers, kiteboarders and sailors making the most of some stormy days.

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The perfect match
Robby Naish windsurfing at Ho'okipa, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
The perfect match Robby Naish at Ho'okipa in 2006: probably the world’s most renowned windsurfer at probably the world’s most renowned windsurfing spot. © Erik Aeder/Red Bull Content Pool
Snow storm
A cloud of snowkiters at Red Bull Ragnarok 2012 in Norway
Snow storm The 200 snowkiters that came to Haugastøl in Norway to compete in Red Bull Ragnarok 2012 create a stunning effect with their colourful kites. © Christian Black / Red Bull Content Pool
David versus Goliath
Freestyle kitesurfer Ruben Lenten races against the Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team in Cardiff Bay in August 2012
David versus Goliath Dutch freestyle kitesurfer Ruben Lenten proves it’s not the size of your sail that matters, as he takes on the Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team in Cardiff Bay, UK. © Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool
Speed demon
Turkish windsurfer Lena Erdil at the Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia, 2013
Speed demon Turkish slalom-specialist Lena Erdil was one of the riders trying to take advantage of the biting winds of the Namibian Coast to set new records during the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2012 © Nick Muzik/Red Bull Content Pool
Storm force
A windsurfer in action during Red Bull Storm Chase 2013 in Brandon Bay, Ireland
Storm force Red Bull Storm Chase 2013 saw some of the world’s top windsurfers ready to fly into action at a moment’s notice, whenever the conditions were challenging enough. This shot is from Brandon Bay, Ireland in January. © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Sailing samba-style
The Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team in training for the Extreme Sailing Series 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 4, 2012
Sailing samba-style The Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team - Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher - show that beach life in Rio de Janeiro isn’t all tiny thongs and soccer skills. © Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool
South African sundowner
Kitesurfer Ruben Lenten performs a trick at Witsands Beach in South Africa during Fubruary 2013
South African sundowner Ruben Lenten again; this time he’s in full flow during a road trip to Witsands Beach, near Cape Town. © Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull Content Pool
The King of Style
Levi Siver windsurfing at Cape Sebastian, near Gold Beach, Oregon
The King of Style Levi Siver shows us how he earned his nickname at Cape Sebastian, near Gold Beach, Oregon in June of 2013. © Michael Clark/Red Bull Content Pool
Turn it up
Layered sequence image of Dutch windsurfer Björn Dunkerbeck in Alaçati, Turkey in August 2013
Turn it up This layered image shows Dutch windsurfer Björn Dunkerbeck making a hard turn in Alaçati, Turkey, in August, 2013. © Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool
Rocket science
Philip Köster windsurfing at Red Bull Rockets in Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria, Spain on June 24 2011
Rocket science Germany’s Philip Köster in full flight at Red Bull Rockets in Gran Canaria, 2011. © Sebastian Schöffel/Red Bull Content Pool
Alice in Windyland
Alice Arutkin windsurfing in Maui, Hawaii
Alice in Windyland French windsurfer Alice Arutkin enjoying the conditions on a trip to Hawaii in 2011. © Jerome Houyvet/Red Bull Content Pool