Over the weekend Storm Chase plans went into full swing, with sailors, judges and organisers making their way form the far corners of the globe to Brandon Bay in Ireland for the first storm chase.
Friday 25th January
Competitors are fixed: Brawzhino, Dany, Victor, Bouj, Swifty, Julien, Thomas, Kenneth, Leon and Josh are on their way to Ireland.
More details to follow, but we can confirm that the Red Bull Storm Chase will finally complete their first mission this weekend in Ireland! Their Facebook page has just confirmed the decision and we will share more details with you very shortly!
Ireland Location Info from Red Bull:
Ireland NW Coast
Ireland is known for heavy storm surf and howling winds. The west coast offers plenty of options for all wind directions to run Red Bull Storm Chase in x-shore conditions with huge waves.
The ragged coastline is ideal for great camera angles and offers good launching abilities for riders and Sea-Doos.
The crew has good knowledge about the place and can expect top support from the locals in terms of choosing the right spot.
- AIR (JAN-MAR):
- WATER (JAN-MAR):
One of the windiest places of the country and one of the best spots to run the Storm Chase in SW-W winds. The reef on the top of the bay offers big down the line conditions with cross to cross-offshore winds, while the inside and the bottom end of the bay still has plenty of jumping potential.
Further down the coast this spot is known for howling winds from southerly directions. Belmullet is a beachbreak with reefs on eather side of the beach. The exposed position picks up any kind of swell.
If the wind turns from south to more westerly direction, Easky comes to life, a reefbreak not very far from Belmullet, that offers perfect down the line conditions.
- Brandon Bay
Former PWA wave spot, where we can find the right break for almost any wind direction within a couple of kilometers. The bay allows perfect camera angles with stunning backgrounds.
Short intervals of sun are interchanged with windy and rainy weather. The Gulf Stream provides the west coast with very mild conditions. Temperatures may drop below 10°C in case of arctic air by strong N’ly winds.
There’s a large preference for gale force winds in October and November. With a strong west circulation on low latitudes, several storm depressions can reach the west coast. However, months pass by without a significant gale.
Ireland has a very favourable position on the east side of the Atlantic. During a gale waves can build up to 8 meters, sometimes even more at exposed coasts. After a period of strong W’ly winds significant and sorted swell should run into the region.