REDBULL STORM CHASE IRELAND


Excitement builds as a storm brews!

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Most of the journeys, although long, have gone smoothly so far, although some of the competitors’ equipment is still delayed in transit, but on-site the event crew are ready for whatever nature throws at them.With a host of World Champions amongst the fleet the standard will be as off-the-scale as the forecast conditions. With winds of up to 60 knots and storm swell of up to 9.9m forecast, the stage is set for a spectacle unseen before in the windsurfing world. First possible start is on Monday 28th 09.15 local time. 

LONG HAULS

The biggest shock will surely be for Brazilian waveriding genius Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne, who has arrived weary-eyed following a mammoth journey from the balmy waters of the Pacific Ocean’s Marshall Islands? Flying via his Hawaiian home, the 23-yr old former Freestyle World Champ claims that he’s ‘…just hoping not to freeze!Great Britain’s Robby Swift’s epic voyage involved flying via Panama, Texas, California, Maui and Germany – with a total flying time of 39 hours! Swift and his boards made the final-leg flight to Dublin although his gear is still to materialise in time for the Monday morning kick-off.Also arriving from Chile was current Vice-World Champion Victor Fernandez who’s prepared for whatever nature throws at him with sails from 3.4 up to 4.7 and two storm-ready Quad fin boards of 75 and 86 litres, plus a stash of his sponsor ION’s neoprene and on-land clothing. 

SAFETY FIRST

Moroccan windsurfing legend, Boujmaa Guilloul has adrenaline and fun in his mind of course, but even this master of high wind jumping is exercising extreme caution. Speaking during a flight delay in London he remarked that ‘this is a unique chance to take part in such big and exclusive event – I’ve been looking forward to it so much since I first heard about it and I would love it to be my favoured strong wind conditions – but my slogan is Safety First!’2009 Wave World Champ, Josh Angulo, is no stranger to brutally cold winter windsurfing and has travelled with all his specialist icy weather equipment. ‘I guess if I were to have a slogan for this event it would be RESPECT…Respect for all the hard work that’s gone in to this project, respect for Ireland and its people and, of course, respect for nature! My expectation is to score some Irish Juice!’ 

KEEPING THEIR COOL

The final entrants are all European specialists familiar with rough weather and freezing temperatures. Germany’s Dany Bruch, who competed at the last PWA World Tour event in Brandon Bay in 2002, is frothing about his return to Ireland. The Tenerife-based Pro, currently ranked 5th in the wave rankings, is heavier than some and has only a 3.7sqm sail packed as his smallest size to cope with the potentially 70mph wind.Bruch’s countryman, Leon Jamaer is also one to watch as the clouds darken and conditions intensify. The young rider from the Baltic sea is an up-and-coming star in the sport and was backed by the public voting that picked the main players to excel in wild wind environments. Fresh from a trip to Cabo Verde, Jamaer – who broke the PWA Top-10 in 2012 – was delighted to receive a text informing him of the ‘Mission GO!’ during a University lecture.Similarly, Kenneth Danielsen (DEN) will show his proficiency in the midwinter tempest approaching. Hailing from the North Sea Danielsen joins the Storm Chase from sunny Cape Town and had to borrow a winter wetsuit before catching a flight to Dublin. The Dane’s aim is clear: ‘my expectation is to score some of the most extreme conditions I’ve ever sailed in!’Finally it’s the French that represent another force of strong wind windsurfing. Marseille’s Thomas Traversa, winner of the penultimate PWA Wave event of 2012 in Denmark, is a featherweight talent but a master of heavy-weather sailing. 

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IN MEMORY OF MIKEY
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Traversa is joined by fellow Mediterranean ‘maniac’ Julien Taboulet, who has tamed some of the gnarliest high-wind and big-wave spots in the world. Apart from scoring solid conditions, Taboulet, and the all of the event crew and cast of challengers has more on his mind than just competition. ‘I really hope that we get some huge waves and good riding conditions to honour and remember our good friend Mikey Clancy – RIP forever brother’. Taboulet’s sentiments echo the entire global windsurfing community after Clancy, Ireland’s most-promising Professional Windsurfer, passed away in January of this year. Much missed by all of his family, close friends and Professional peers, Mikey Clancy became a windsurfing icon for his exploits in the crazy conditions of the Irish coastline and in PWA Tour events and for truly encapsulating the spirit of windsurfing in storm conditions.

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Red Bull Storm Chase returns!


Red Bull Storm Chase returns!

The day has finally arrived: May 1st, 2012. Red Bull Bull Storm Chase is back!

Welcome to the official Red Bull Storm Chase blog. Here you’ll find the latest news and updates about Red Bull Storm Chase right from the epicenter of the action.

You can expect in-depth details about the contest, interviews with experts and sailors, info about selected destinations, insights about chasing storms and then some…

Make sure to check this blog frequently throughout the event. Don’t miss a thing by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and signing up for our newsletter.

Get ready to be blown away!

 

Be Part of the Chase!

Red Bull Storm Chase wants you to be part of the Chase.

In fact, this is a vital aspect of the whole event. We’re counting on the global windsurfing community to get involved by suggesting destinations, registering for the competition and selecting the 10 Storm Chasers by voting online.

To make sure the 3 missions match the most perfect storms at the perfect time, you can nominate your favorite destinations until May 31st. Our team of experts will go through all the nominated destinations and assess them regarding their suitability for the competition. Six destinations will then be shortlisted and announced as possible competition locations on July 16th, three of them will be sailed.

You can also register to take part – if you dare. Registration is open between May 1st and June 28th. After the registration is closed, 50 applicants will be shortlisted by a jury of three highly acclaimed windsurfing experts: windsurfing legend Robby Naish, PWA head judge Duncan Coombs and first-class windsurfing photographer John Carter.

Next up, the global windsurfing community will elect the 10 Storm Chasers who will compete in the missions. Everybody will be able to cast 10 votes for his favorite athletes out of the 50 shortlisted sailors from July 2nd until July 15th.

Finally, from August 1st until November 30th the Red Bull Storm Chase is on.

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

 

GOPRO Floaty Backdoor


 

 

Easy to spot flotation backdoor lets your HD HERO camera float in water. Industrial strength 3M adhesive backing attaches the floaty directly to the HD HERO waterhousing backdoor. A spare HD HERO waterhousing backdoor is included.

Please note, the Floaty will not support the weight of the suction cup mount. The suction cup mount is not recommended for high impact water sports.

What’s Included:

  • 1 Floaty
  • 1 Waterhousing Backdoor

Tushingham Freeride: Unbelievable performance for a no cam sail 6.0-8.5m


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The T4 can trace its roots back to the groundbreaking ‘Hekler’ of 15 years ago. Tushingham have long been the masters of high performance no-cam freeride sails. Windsurfers who love the thrill of blasting across the ocean should look towards the T4 for its stunning blend of silky-smooth power and effortless rotation in manoeuvres.

Following a long line of Tushingham freeride test-winners, the T4 works perfectly across a massive wind range and will bring pure joy to all riders looking for the ultimate freeride experience.

“Really excels in lighter winds and remains stable at the top end, delivering pretty much everything a freerider needs”
– Boardseeker Magazine
“A fantastically user-friendly sail with a smooth progressive feel, huge natural range, and great handling”
– Windsurf Magazine

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T4 sail data*
Size (m2)
Luff (cm)
Head
Max Boom (cm)
Ideal Mast IMCS
IMCS Range
Battens
Cams
6.0
448
adjustable
185
21
21-25
6
0
6.5
467
fixed
186
25
24-25
6
0
7.0
475
fixed
198
25
24-25
6
0
7.5
488
fixed
208
25
25-27
6
0
8.0
502
fixed
217
29
29
7
0
8.5
510
fixed
225
29
29
7
0

Tushingham Lightning Twin Cam: Blasting / Slalom 2012


Twin Cam: Blasting / Slalom

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The twin cam Lightning combines the best attributes of a race sail with the user-friendly appeal normally found in a good rotational. It’s easy to rig and particularly forgiving in choppy or gusty conditions. The huge tuning range allows you to exploit the Lightning’s “grunt” in low winds but remain in total control when overpowered, with minimal input from the rider.

Tushingham have long believed in the twin cam format, offering the best blend of performance and comfort for large freeride blasting sails at one extreme and smaller beach slalom sails at the other. The Lightning has been developed to a level where only the hardest of hardcore riders would feel the need for a sail with multiple camber inducers.

A recent addition to the range is the 5.8m size, perfect for rough water slalom and high wind freeride applications. From 9.4 right down to the 5.8m, the Lightning will power freeride and freerace boards to very high speeds with a minimum of fuss.

“A great all round twin cam sail suitable for all levels of rider, from recreational freeriders to focused freeracers and speed freaks.”

– Windsurf Magazine on the 2011 Lightning 7.8m

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Using the Navi GT-31 Speed Genie GPS for Windsurfing


The Navi GT31 is the best GPS to use for windsurfing, along with their other model the GT32 which includes bluetooth functionality and anything else they subsequently will release to update them. The reason for this is the simplicity of it and the Speed Genie function. Setting the unit up is covered on many other websites, Tom Chalkos being one of the easiest to follow and regularly updated with the correct links. GPS Speedsailing also has a set of instructions. Erik Loots Speedsurfingblog also has some good advice

This post is not intended to duplicate anything on the other sites. I want to help people use it in the easiest possible way so that there is no confusion regarding the different files it produces.

There are two main ways to transfer the data from the GT31 a computer; by either using the SD card, or by connecting the GT31 to a USB port and using the provided software (Navilink). For the first 18months I had the GT31 I connected it to the computer and downloaded all the files it would give me. This meant turning the unit on and putting it into the correct mode in the menu system. The problem with this method is that the ‘nmea’ file then logs the data at home, so making the track ‘distorted’ in the analysis software. It is easy enough to delete this part of the file in the software but unnecessary if you follow this method of use.

    • At the start of the session delete all data. This can be done with a simple click on delete-all in the ‘MISC’ menu. If you also want to reset distance and time then go into the Track menu and do so, but this is not needed unless you are targeting a specific distance or time for the session.
    • Use the device and enjoy your session, hopefully beat your personal bests. Turn the unit off at the end of the session, please remember to do this or your 40knot speeds will probably have been done in the van/car while driving home.
    • At home take out the SD card and put it into your card reader, transfer the files to your computer. If set up correctly you will have two files, a SBN data file with all the data from the session, and a SPD file which is a simple text file that has your best runs on.
    • Use the SBN file in which ever software you choose. I use GPS Results



      as I like the simple interface and the fact it is not javascript based. Friends of mine prefer GPS Action Replay



      which I do not find quite as intuitive to use. I know a lot of the sailors from Australia simply upload their file to GPS Speedsailing or GPS Team Challenge on the KA72.com



      site. Alternatively you can use Sports Track Live



      to give a basic analysis of the software and a backup of your tracks online, scroll to the bottom of the page to see this software in action.

    • Delete the file from the card if you want and replace it in the GT31 ready for the next session.
    • Repeat from 1, especially the part about enjoying your session.

    If there is a problem with the SBN file or the card then the files contained with the unit itself can be used as a backup and transferred by connecting the unit to the computer and reading them with Navilink.

    For the first 18months of use I have hundreds of different files, in several different formats and I never knew which ones to use. Now each session I simply have the SBN file and know that if there is a problem with this then the unit has the backup.

    Another small thing to bear in mind is keeping the unit away from salt water. Very occasionally the unit may freeze, the only options when this happens is to either wait for the battery to discharge which can take days, or open it up and disconnect the battery. Mine has frozen once, because the Aquapaks are not 100% waterproof a couple of the screws had become corroded and ended up being ‘cracked’ out of the plastic case to open it up. Now I always put the unit in a small bag inside the Aquapak. Don’t worry about this too much, the GT31 is water resistant so a small amount of water will not damage it, it was the salt that caused the corrosion.

    I hope this helps anyone with the small intricacies of using these fantastic bits of kit.