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    Jaeger Stone Proves Insane Windsurfs Most Insane



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    Australian windsurfer Jaeger Stone wins Red Bull Storm Chase as 131kph wind gusts and 8m waves batter the Irish Coast!
    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 northwestern Ireland. Eight world-class windsurfers, who had traveled in from all corners of the globe, braved the wind and waves for 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, 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 8o C temperatures. Judges watched from above the reef as wind and waves increased in magnitude throughout the day – providing an incredible canvas for breath-stopping 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 Koester, Jaeger Stone, Leon Jamaer, and Thomas Traversa 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, 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.











    Says Sports Director Klaas Voget: “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 5o C – 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 organizers thanked local safety and support crew and the welcoming community of Magheroarty for hosting the world’s toughest windsurfing contest.

    Final Podium
    1st Place: Jaeger Stone
    2nd Place: Philip Köster
    3rd Place: Leon Jamaer
    4th Place: Robby Swift
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    Red Bull Storm Chase 2019 Ireland - full length high quality footage including an interview with Jaeger Stone and comments from all riders

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    Jaeger Stone wins Red Bull Storm Chase as huge waves batter the Irish Coast.

    Australian windsurfer Jaeger Stone has won Red Bull Storm Chase after 131kph wind gusts and eight metre waves battered the Irish Coast. Here is all you need to know:

    - Eight world-class windsurfers travelled to Magheroarty Beach in County Donegal from all corners of the globe to take on the full force of a massive North Atlantic storm.

    - The competitors and crew had waited over three years for a storm sufficient enough to compete in.

    - The riders were judged on jumps, wave riding and execution of tricks.

    - The riders took part in a warm-up day on Saturday, and a first day of competition on Sunday, but the harshest storms were saved for ‘Big Tuesday’ when the winner was crowned.

    - Philip Köster led the standings at the beginning of the day but could not hold off the charge by Stone.

    - Stone, 28, said: “It was absolutely insane to compete in these conditions. 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!”

    - The eight riders headed out in pairs for 20-minute heats but as the wave size increased and wind direction changed, they moved to another part of the beach for one final round of short heats – with winds gusting to 131kph.

    - Highlights from the water included a nearly-landed double push-loop from Ricardo Campello, an incredible Air Taka from Köster, and several seriously large aerials from previous event winner Thomas Traversa.

    - A helicopter and a safety crew team on jet skis kept the riders safe.

    - Sports Director Klaas Voget added: “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 5º C – 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.”

    Final Podium

    1st Place: Jaeger Stone (AUS)
    2nd Place: Philip Köster (GER)
    3rd Place: Leon Jamaer (GER)

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