Check out Charlotte Consorti’s new edit! One day in Camargue, France, with a sunrise run, kiteboarding and sunset skate sessions. It sounds fun!
Music: We are invicible, Billy Lincoln
Check out Charlotte Consorti’s new edit! One day in Camargue, France, with a sunrise run, kiteboarding and sunset skate sessions. It sounds fun!
Music: We are invicible, Billy Lincoln
Joining the previous finalists from last Red Bull Storm Chase, ten new names are on the shortlist for a last-minute call to chase down a winter storm Force 10 or higher.
What does it take to plunge head-first into the roughest, toughest windsurfing contest around? Skill, bravery, years of practice, the right gear – and the following ten sailors have all that in abundance. When the contest window opens on January 9th, 2017, they could find themselves on a last-minute flight resulting in a date with one of the winter’s most ferocious storms.
Once the contest is given the green light, the judges will select four more finalists from the ten nominees listed below who will square-up against the four set riders in a storm sailing contest. Our expert panel will choose the final attendees last minute, depending on availability and skill-set. The nominees listed below are in no particular order of preference or ranking.
Jaeger Stone (Starboard / Severne / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses), Australia
Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC), Venezuela/Brazil
Adam Lewis (Fanatic / NorthSails / SWOX), United Kingdom
Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde / MFC), France
Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / SWOX / Mystic), United Kingdom
Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), Germany
Kai Lenny (Naish / Naish Sails / MFC), USA
Camille Juban (Quatro / Simmer / MFC), France
Victor Fernández López (Fanatic / NorthSails / MFC / Shamal Sunglasses), Spain
Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde), France
Sailors Already Qualified
— Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails), France
— Dany Bruch (Starboard / Challenger Sails / AL360 / Shamal Sunglasses), Spain
— Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde), Germany
— Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), Brazil
Upon confirmation of the green light 72 hours before the start of the contest the sailors will have 48 hours to be onsite at the event location. Inability to arrive (with gear) means a sailor will forfeit their place to another rider on the nominee list.
• The world’s toughest windsurfing contest, requiring a Force 10 storm in a
suitable location to occur
• Contest window begins January 9th, 2017 and runs to March 12th, 2017
• Riders judged on jumps and wave riding – execution of tricks
• Four riders are qualified from last event; four riders will be chosen from the
shortlist of ten nominees
• Fans (and riders) can propose locations
• Event is confirmed only 72 hours before the start of competition
Location and safety
As stated, the mobile and reactive nature of the contest means the location is yet unknown. However, priority will be given to locations that offer: a likely combination of Force 10 wind and waves; close proximity to an international airport, adequate medical coverage and emergency services, and an absolute guarantee of adequate water access.
During the given weather window these conditions are most likely to form in the Northern Hemisphere. Full safety crews consisting of watersports and medical professionals will be onsite to assist in the event of an emergency.
Event Coverage and Timing
A ‘watch’ alert will go out approximately 120 hours before the event, and confirmation will come just 72 hours before the event, at which point, riders and event crews will travel to the selected location. Pre, during, and post-event updates will be available online at Facebook.com/redbullstormchase.
Dirty Habits launches the first episode of their new webseries filmed in South Africa. It pictures the 1st annual Halloween Kite Jam, Downwinder in Cape Town. Watch the Dirty Habits Crew having a crazy day!
Featuring: Graham Howes, Nick Jacobsen, Keahi de Aboitiz, James Boulding, Oswald Smith, Carl Ferreira, Luke McGillewie, Craig Eygenberger, Kyle Bell, Jason Baker, Jason Colborne, Joshua Emanuel, Darryl Partington.
Film/Edit: Dirty Habits Productions/ Jop Heemskerk
Song: PHFAT ft Jung freud: If you can’t dance
“Pure Lifestyle” is a video project to showcase the airstyle and big-air kite disciplines at its best. Watch Lukash Vogeltanz, Bas Meerwijk and Christoph Hesina doing what they love the most!
Cinematography: MOVIE MEDIA
As has become the norm after the last PWA Freestyle event the year, many of the top freestyle sailors in the world travel to Jericoacoara, Brazil, for the start of their winter training.
Jeri has become so popular due to it’s extremely reliable trade winds, wall-to-wall sunshine and a combination of stunt ramps or glassy flat water, which makes it the perfect place to train all of the latest moves.
The first video from the new off season has just been released and it features a star-studded lineup headed by 7-time PWA Freestyle World Champion — Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / NorthSails / MFC) — as well as also featuring the likes of Phil Soltysiak (Starboard / Sailworks) - 5th overall in 2016 — Nico Akgazciyan (99NoveNove / Challenger Sails / Maui Ultra Fins), Yarden Meir (Goya Windsurfing / Maui Ultra Fins), Oda Johanne (Starboard / Severne/ Maui Ultra Fins) and Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / NorthSails / Maui Ultra Fins) — who finished 3rd and 4th overall in the women’s fleet in 2016 as well as a few others.
With the talent on offer its fair the say there’s massive action throughout, so to see just over three minutes of explosive freestyle visit @ vimeo.com/193552859 now.
Young French rider Lazare Gournay shows us what he is able to do in light wind conditions! Have a look.
For the first time in its seven-year history the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race will include a battle of the world’s best women alongside internationally-ranked men.
Female world number 1 Elena Kalinina has confirmed her place and she’ll be taking on a battle of youth versus experience against last year’s Women’s title holder Steph Bridge from Devon, UK.
Not yet 21, the Russian has taken out all the top women’s titles of late including this month’s 2016 IKA Kitefoil Gold Cup Finals in Qatar, the 2016 IKA KiteRacing European Championships, the 2016 Hydrofoil Pro Tour and the World Cup of Kiteboarding in 2015 in Italy.
Steph has also had a great year, breaking two world sailing records and was fastest female to ever race around the Isle of Wight at the World Speed Racing Festival. She is a five-time Kite Race World Champion. Steph and oldest son Olly (19) are Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton veterans and winners – competing in their fourth edition this year and for the first time with Olly’s younger brother Guy (16). The brothers are fierce competitors and training partners.
Olly continues to podium in races around the world and was European Race Champion and Vice Race World Champion in 2015. He holds the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race record set in 2014.
Guy is currently 2nd overall in the world championships and has won two British Hydrofoil Championships. Mum Steph said it will be tough to pick which one will finish ahead in the 19km race.
“I won’t have a guess at which one will be in the medal positions in the Lighthouse to Leighton.
“Guy is big and strong, and a real endurance athlete. Olly is the tactician, so it will depend on the conditions on the day!” she said.
Other competitors to watch will be German Florian Gruber, the 2013 World Champion in Formula Kite Racing, and other past Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton winners Olly Bridge (2014), Marvin Baumeister (2013), Peter McKewen (2015), and Dale Stanton (2011).
Another woman to look out for is Tasmanian Gina Hewson, one of the world’s top female competitors on the international kite foil circuit and a former professional sailor. Gina won this year’s New Zealand Open Kite Foil Nationals in the Women’s division and finished fifth fastest woman in the Kite Foil World Cup in China.
But it’s not just about winning. Phillip Rowlands from Scarborough, WA has competed in every Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton and says it’s “the best day of my year”. A significant number of local and interstate entries also add to the race’s excitement.
Increasingly the race is becoming a contest between foil and course boards. Foiling is a new wave of kiting and each year there is an increasing number of kitefoil entries competing with entrants on slalom and twin tip style boards.
The 2016 edition of the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton will be held on Saturday 3 December with Sunday 4 December the back up day should wind conditions not be favourable. 135 kiteboarders are entered and getting in as much practice time as they can pre-race. This is the highest number of competitors to date and the race is capped at this number.
This year’s race also includes entrants from the Hydrofoil Pro Tour Final this year, which is being held in Perth this week.
Olly Bridge’s race record of 22 minutes 7 seconds set in 2014 is expected to be highly contested. This speed is faster than the Rottnest Express ferry!
The Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton has equal prize money for the Top three males and females (the first race to do so) and there’s nearly A$9000 in total prize money and A$4050 worth of trophies on offer, plus the respected Marc Sprod Trophy for the fastest West Australian competitor.
Spectators are encouraged to head down to Leighton Beach in Fremantle to cheer in the racers as they cross the finish line. Entertainment commences from 1pm, Racers depart Rottnest at approx 2.30pm and the fastest competitors are set to arrive at the finish line from approximately 2.50pm, depending on weather conditions.
Over the last few years Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) has emerged as one of the most exciting and radical talents in the sport. This year the Bonairean has continued to push the boundaries of freestyle and in October he became the first person to ever land a double air culo in competition. Since 2014 the 20-year-old has steadily improved his results on the world stage — finishing 4th, 3rd and now a 2nd in the overall rankings and It seems only a matter of time before he will be stood on the top of the podium. After another groundbreaking season we caught up with the 2016 Men’s PWA Freestyle Vice-World Champion — you can read the interview below:
PWA: Hey Amado, how’s it going? Glad to be back home in Bonaire after a long competition season?
AV: “Hey Chris, yes I’m happy to be home for a while. After being away since the end of March and only home for 3 weeks in August (due to cancellation of the Alacati-event) it feels great to sleep at the same address in the coming weeks.”
PWA: Congratulations on becoming the 2016 Men’s PWA Freestyle Vice-World Champion… how was the season for you?
AV: “The season was beyond great. After a good start with a second place in Freestyle in Podersdorf and a 16th place in Slalom Ulsan, Korea my mind was set to make 2016 a success! If you’d told me that I would become the Freestyle Vice World Champion and that I would just miss out on the title at the beginning of the season, I had hoped for it, but would not have believed it. Once again a statement that my hard work during the winter 2015/2016 paid off. A good feeling.”
PWA: It seems you are going from strength-to-strength each year — in 2014 you finished 4th, 2015 - 3rd and in 2016 2nd… so next year is the year to be on top of the podium?
AV: “Of course I will go for the title next year (again). I will do everything to make that last step up. Knowing that fellow competitors are getting stronger I will use that as a challenge to train harder and focus more on the moments that count.”
PWA: Second is obviously a great result and your best so far, but having been so close to the world title after winning the single elimination in style, was it painful to miss out on the final day in Sylt?
AV: “Before the final hours of the Sylt event I already was very satisfied with my results this year. Of course I was heavily disappointed for a moment after the super final against Gollito,
as I was so close to the title after winning the single-elimination earlier that week. During the single we had perfect conditions. The light wind on the last day in the final was to my disadvantage and Gollito was the stronger one. Again a new experience, new emotions and a confirmation that I can do it. Maybe not this year, but very soon…”
PWA: You landed the first ever double air culo in competition how good did it feel to be able to land that move in a heat and have you got any new moves currently in mind?
AV: “I wanted to do the double air culo already on Fuerte, but waited for the right and special moment in the right conditions. During the final of the single elimination in Sylt, the moment was there. I was motivated, felt super fit and had to give it my all to win the final. It felt great to finally show this move in competition, and for sure it was even sweeter to land it in the final! I have some new moves in my mind, but will not tell you anything about it until I can execute these steady and perfect. Let it be a surprise for the 2017 season.”
PWA: You are pretty close with Gollito, do you to use your friendship and rivalry to push each other further on the water?
AV: “Gollito and I are good friends on and off the water. During a competition he is my rival at that moment. That is good, that is a challenge and we respect each other for that.”
PWA: It’s looks as though there’s a mutual respect between both of you on and off the water — what is your rivalry like?
AV: “I do not feel any rivalry with Gollito. He is the most experienced freestyler I know, for that I look up to him. On the water we only can learn from each other.”
PWA: As well as competing in freestyle and slalom you’ve started to enter a couple of the wave events as well… will try to do all the events next year?
AV: “This year I visited 9 out of the 11 PWA events and competed in 8 (including the wildcard-events in Wave). If budget and event agenda allow it in 2017 I will visit them all. The Freestyle and Slalom 100%, the wave events depending on the wildcards I receive.”
PWA: Rumour has it that you don’t really like wave riding? Is that true? And is the main attraction of waves jumping for you?
AV: “Haha, I know who brought this rumour into the world! It’s not completely true. It’s not that I do not like waveriding, but….when there is wind and waves, I only see one thing and that to me is jumping. This gives me a kick. I like to go high, go big and radical. Waveriding is fun and I will be training it a lot for sure when in Cape Town next month!”
PWA: If you had to pick a highlight from the 2016 season what would it be?
AV: “Many people would say, my first event win on Fuerte. That for sure was a big moment, but the highlight was on Sylt , winning the final of the single-elimination. The perfect conditions, a packed beach with enthusiastic spectators, the double air culo and a clear win against the now 7-time world champ Gollito. A moment I will not easily forget!”
PWA: Why are you so passionate about windsurfing?
AV: “A difficult question ! I’m just addicted to my sport and everything which comes with it. (training, perseverance, gym, R&D, traveling, beach life and meeting people with the same passion). This December it is already 13 years ago I started and never, ever had a moment or thought “this is enough, I want something else”. Every session is a challenge. I love the water, the wind and the excitement.”
PWA: Three words you think describe yourself?
AV: “Adventurous, dedicated to my sport and a bit radical sometimes.”
PWA: A phrase you live by?
AV: “Go big or go home.”
PWA: When you aren’t windsurfing what do you get up to?
AV: “When there is no chance of a windsurf session on a day, I will spend some extra time in the gym, catch up with friends while on Bonaire or travel to the next spot when in Europe.”
PWA: If you could pick super hero, which super power which would you choose and why?
AV: “I would choose time travel. With which I mean travel from one place to another in seconds. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel but hate the long hours hanging in an aircraft.”
PWA: If you could have dinner with any person dead or alive who would it be and why?
AV: "The Dutch Formula 1 racer Max Verstappen I would choose. I always liked racing, the need for speed. Until two years ago I had a quad and a motocross bike but gave it up to avoid injuries that could end my windsurfing career. Since Max is racing I follow him in every race.
Besides that, we have a lot in common. He was carting when he was 6 or 7 years old, I started windsurfing at the same age. He is now at the top of the Formula 1. I think I may say I’m at the top in (freestyle) windsurfing. We both have our passion and go all the way to achieve our goals. The only difference between us is the prize money ;) haha. So Max, when you’re on Bonaire, give me a call!”
PWA: Winter plans?
AV: “Yes, I will be leaving on Christmas Eve for South Africa to catch up with everybody who’s training over there and join them to gain again some new experience in a new destination for me. I will take my freestyle and wave gear and go for the max hours on the water. In the beginning of March I hope to visit Gollito on Los Roques in Venezuela for a week or two. The rest I will spend on Bonaire before leaving for 7 months traveling in and beyond Europe again as of April.”
PWA: And finally have you already thought about your aims for 2017?
AV: “Be fit, be ready, do my utmost best, aim for the highest result possible in all disciplines and enjoy every moment of it.”
PWA: Thanks, Amado. Have a great winter and see you next season.
After a knee surgery last year, Helena Brochocka faced a hard recovery to be confident on the water as she was to. Basically she was back to square one, learning basic rotations all over again and progressing on each trick. This video kind of finishes her one year adventure and shows that now she feels 100% again. Watch and enjoy Helena’s brand new video shot in Brazil!
Camera: Aleksander Lewandowski
Production by wgwk.pl
Music: Musical Doodles by Two Feet
A little clip from an extreme kite session in base de loisirs de Poulafret, Brittany!