Old 4th November 2006, 10:58 AM   #1
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Hi windsurfers,

Apparently a big storm hit Europe and they ran the Red Bull Storm Chase event. There are some awesome pics at-


The conditions look ridiculous! Wow. Does anyone have info on just how small the sails were, strong the wind was, if anyone got hurt or died?
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Old 4th November 2006, 11:30 AM   #2
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Hi James,

I made some forecasts for the (possible) locations for the event. The special part about this storm low was:
-It was really a large scale low covering a wide area, almost all spots with its storm force winds up to more than 50 Kts avg and peaks over 65 Kts.
-It really had a nasty N'ly windfield with in it the strongest winds building the waves over spots in northern Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Germany (north sea) and Denmark up to 7 mtr avg. The N'ly direction of the stormforce winds made building up for such high waves favourable. 7 mtr is not quite common for the southern North Sea. You really need to have a long fetch with N'lies to build such massive waves.
-The smallest sails I heard so far where 3.3 mtr, but even this size was way to big at the peak of the storm. I read that 2.8 mt would also be a nice altnative.
-N'lies brought wintery weather over Baltice Sea region espicially with only temperatures a few degrees over zero. This in combination with the storm force winds made it another challenging factor: windchill. In the southern North Sea area it also was cold, but the high sea water temperatures up to 15 degrees after the warmest period from july-october ever made temperatures more bearable.
-I guess someone might have been hurt when I see those guys flying with or without equipment. However there was just a very small amount of dedicated riders on each spot which was closely monitored.

Overall I think the combination of large low, favourable winddirection, huge waves and track of low made this an excellent combination of factors which appear very few times in a year. To bring this conditions over the spots in one single weatherevent is very difficult. I'm really looking forward for the DVD
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Old 7th November 2006, 11:26 PM   #3
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Hi James,

I did the Scottish part of the Storm Chase and was using a 3.3m sail at times and an Evo 70 XTV. We had quite a mix of sailing conditions over the filming period, from cross on shore jumping to cross shore down the line. We sailed a few new spots on the east coast that I have never heard anybody sailing at before., which was good fun. By the looks of the gallery on the storm chase website the guys in Ireland got the most picturesque sailing venue with high cliffs and green sea. Apparently where we sailed is normally crystal clear water but the storm had reall churned the sea up.

It was a great concept and so unlike what we normally do. The DVD might not show the most radical tricks as trying to do anything when overpowered on a 3.3m is hard, but I think it will make a nice documentary style presentation of the different faces of windsurfing. Apparently the DVD will be out in December.

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