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Red Bull Storm Chase 2019

Posted: 13th März 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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After a relatively calm start to the day, storm winds and waves arrived in full force for the world’s toughest windsurfing contest.

March 12th – The powerful forces of a massive North Atlantic storm battered the beaches of northwest Ireland. Eight world-class windsurfers, who had traveled from all corners of the globe, braved the wind and waves for the Red Bull Storm Chase, the world’s toughest windsurfing contest. Having waited over three years for such a storm to arrive, the competitors and crew could hardly believe their eyes at the conditions in front of them.

Taking home the trophy: Australian Jaeger Stone (Starboard / Severne / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses), sailing in the coldest conditions of his life. “It was absolutely insane to compete in these conditions,” said the 28-year-old. “It was ballistic, massive, and freezing. Winning the contest feels unreal, and it still hasn’t sunk in yet – I’m still just trying to warm up my hands!”

Although there was a warm-up day on Saturday, and a first day of competition on Sunday, all eyes were on ‘Big Tuesday’ when wind and waves were expected to peak. Driving over the hill in front of Magheroarty Beach, conditions initially looked calm – but quickly ramped up to the real deal as the tide dropped and the wind increased. As helicopter and jetski safety crews looked on, competition got underway.

The eight riders headed out in pairs for 20-minute heats in practically balmy 8C temperatures. Judges watched from above the reef as wind and waves increased in magnitude throughout the day – providing an incredible canvas for breath-taking wave rides and eye-popping aerial acrobatics.

Competition during the first two rounds took place on the reef upwind, focusing on wave rides, but as the wave size increased and wind direction changed, competitors moved to the beach break for one final round of short heats – with winds gusting to 131kph.

At the beginning of the day, Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), Jaeger Stone, Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde), and Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) led the standings – but with a new wind and wave situation, anyone could win the contest. Highlights of the second day included a nearly-landed double push-loop from Ricardo Campello (Brunotti Boards), and incredible air taka from Philip Köster, and several seriously large aerials from previous event winner Thomas Traversa – but none of them put all the points together to keep Jaeger from claiming the title of Red Bull Storm Chase Champion. Jaeger’s multiple solid wave rides and jumps, along with a biggest wave hit bonus, sealed the deal.

Sports Director Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Duotone) said: “Over all the Storm Chases we’ve done, this was the hardest – the conditions were radical, and it was just so cold. Temps were just 5oC – I didn’t think we’d see such high performance sailing in these temperatures. That was impressive. And finally, today was the windiest day that many of these guys have ever sailed in.”

The prize-giving ceremony was held on the spot in still-blustery winds and rain, as competitors and organisers thanked local safety and support crew and the welcoming community of Magheroarty for hosting the world’s toughest windsurfing contest.

Key Facts:

- The world’s toughest windsurfing contest took place Magheroarty Beach on the

northwest coast of Ireland

- Wind gusts were measured at 131kmh and wave heights up to 8m as a massive storm

hit the coast

- Eight world class riders judged on jumps and wave riding + execution of tricks

Final Podium

1st: Jaeger Stone
2nd: Philip Köster
3rd: Leon Jamaer
4th: Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses)

You can see raw footage of Day 2 here and the official highlights here.



Posted: 13th März 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Road To Recovery

Posted: 13th März 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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At the end of 2017 things couldn’t have been going better for Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / Duotone) with the then 22-year-old breaking into the world’s top 10 for the first time in his career, however, during his winter training in Cape Town, South Africa 2018, Stillrich suffered a horrific double leg fracture when an aerial at Cape Point went badly wrong. 

That injury forced the now 24-year-old to miss the entire 2018 PWA Wave World Tour, but thankfully it sounds like Stillrich is well on the way to returning to his previous best with the Gran Canarian stating that he feels like he’s back to 90% and ready for 2019. We recently caught up with Alessio for an interview, which you can read below:

Hi Alessio, how’s it going?

It’s going great, I am enjoying being back on the water a lot and to feel like a professional windsurfer again! 

It’s been just over a year since your major injury… you’ve just been to South Africa - how are you feeling on the water and are you back to 100% now?

I am feeling nearly the same as before. The only thing is that I sometimes feel my syndesmosis ligament in the ankle on very flat landings, which is the ligament I also broke last year, but this is getting better and better and will go away soon doctors say! This makes me be a bit insecure sometimes because I never know if the landing is going to hurt or not, but all in all I am feeling good and I would say I am at 90% right now! 

Are you able to perform all the tricks and jumps you want or are there still some moves to get back in your repertoire?

I actually just came out of the water and landed my first goiters! I did not try them until now but they felt great and thank god I did not forget how to do them! So now after doing my first goiters the only move I have not tried until now is the double forward, but apart from that I am doing all the moves I did before. 

Last year was obviously a big set back for you after finishing 9th overall in 2017- has that made you reevaluate your goals or…? 

I am really hungry for competition but I have not reevaluated my goals.  My goal has always been to improve my overall ranking from the previous year,  which I have managed to do until now. So also this year my goal will be to improve upon that 9th place from 2017. I will be quite nervous for sure, especially at the first event, but I hope everything goes well after more than a year without competing and to make a successful comeback!

What’s it like to be back on the water after such a long break from windsurfing?

It feels amazing! It was a really hard time last year, especially February - June because in this period I could not windsurf at all. In June I slowly started to sail without doing any moves but the big change came just before going to Cape Town as I was able to start jumping. In November I had two screws removed from my knee. They where giving me quite a lot of pain until they were taken out. So after removing them I felt so much better and since then I more or less started to feel the same as before again. I am so thankful that everything turned out well and for being able to sail like before the injury again after one year! 

How was your trip to South Africa overall?

It was great to be back in Cape Town and the place where everything happened. The conditions this year were maybe a bit worse than all the other years I went but still I got to sail a lot. I arrived without having sailed in big waves or strong wind for quite a while and it was a good trip get used to jumping and sailing on a higher level again. 

Are you back home now? And do you have any more trips planned?

Yes I am at home right now, but my next trip will be to Maui for the Fanatic and Duotone photoshoot. I’m looking forward to be back on Maui, especially after not having been there last year! 

Thanks, Alessio. Great to hear you are almost back to 100%. Enjoy Maui and see you in Gran Canaria for the opening wave event of the year.

You can follow all of Alessio Stillrich’s latest news and adventures via his Social Media Channels:

- Facebook: @AlessioStillrich 
- Instagram: @alessiostillrich 

Photo Credit: Maleen Hoekstra