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02/06/2014 - created by Chris Yates

RBSC: MISSION 3

The final four brace themselves to face Mother Nature at her fiercest

The third mission of the incredible Red Bull Storm Chase (RBSC) is officially on for this Saturday and Sunday with the United Kingdom expecting an epic storm to hit their shores. The four remaining sailors - Dany Bruch (Starboard / Challenger Sails / AL360), Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra), Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) and Leon Jamaer are currently in transit to Cornwall, Southwest England.

The forecast looks nothing short of remarkable with howling winds of up to 50 knots and a simply huge swell of 9.6m (31.5 feet) at 19 seconds expected to hit Cornwall’s shores on Saturday and Sunday. With such an amazing forecast we could see some of the most jaw dropping windsurfing that has ever been witnessed. It is fair to say that the anticipation and excitement surrounding the third mission couldn’t be any higher right now. With little under 48 hours to go before the start of the next Red Bull Storm Chase, we take a look at the remaining contenders.

Contenders

With the contest now whittled down to the final four the competition is going to be tougher than ever, but as the winner of the last RBSC in Tasmania Thomas Traversa will enter the event as the favorite. The Frenchman is renowned for chasing huge waves and he has no fear when it comes to hitting the critical section time and time again, no matter how big the wave is. With his radical turns and huge stalled forwards Traversa could well prevail again.

Standing in the Frenchman’s path to more success will be the formidable figure of Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne. After being crowned the PWA Wave World Champion for the first time in 2013 Brawzinho’s confidence will be at an all time high. The Brazilian is equally as gifted in the air as he is on the wave, so we could see fireworks fly when the third mission kicks off!

The fluid and dynamic wave riding of Dany Bruch will also be a major threat in Traversa’s conquest for a second straight win. Bruch holds all of the skills to take down any opponent and it’s not just his wave riding that makes him one of the best windsurfers in the world. The German is also a radical jumper and we can expect to see huge stalled forwards, double forwards and trademark one-handed, one-footed backloops. 

Finally Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde) is continuing to go from strength-to-strength and after finishing in the overall top ten for the first time in his life, the German will also be in confident mood. In Tenerife this year Jamaer claimed his highest ever event finish as he fought his way all the way to joint fifth. Jamaer possesses one of the sickest tweaked pushloops in windsurfing right now, which he combines with aggressive hacks and backside wave 360s. 

The third RBSC is shaping up to be one of the sickest windsurfing events of all time. Once the action kicks off you’ll be able to follow all of the latest developments by tuning into the RBSC website which can be found here.

Finally the PWA would like to wish all the sailors good luck for the weekend and we can’t wait to see the incredible action.

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