None of the windsurfers know when or where each event will happen, with initial alerts going out just 120 hours before the potential start, assuming there is proximity to a major airport and safe access to the beach for staff and emergency personnel. Once the alert goes out, it is then up to the riders themselves to get to the storm – no matter where in the world it is – in time to compete.
Once the green light is given 72 hours before the contest starts, riders will have 48 hours to be on site at the event location.
If it reaches a point where a rider can’t arrive (with all the gear that they need) then that rider will forfeit their place to another rider on the nominee list ahead of the ludicrous contest.
Riders include Thomas Traversa, Dany Bruch, Marcilio Browne and Leon Jamaer, all finalists from the last Storm Chase. In terms of judging, Professional Windsurfing Association Head Judge Duncan Coombs leads the panel, who will be looking for jump height as well as trick difficulty, along with the most stylish wave rides and timing-critical moves.
The waiting period ends March 12th and, if no suitable storm presents itself, the contest will not be held, so keep your fingers crossed and hope that Mother Nature rains down.