Storm Gareth proved no match for Red Bull Storm Chasers when they revelled in the wild Donegal seas during one of the worst storms of this winter.
Eight daring world champion windsurfers landed at Magheraroarty on Sunday for the most challenging windsurfing contest on the planet.
Competitors took on 8m storm force waves, 130km/hr winds, snow, hail and thunder as Storm Gareth created wild conditions on the Atlantic.
The competition sparked huge local interest as locals flocked to witness the incredible leaps, thrills and spills of the contest.
— Patrick Devine (@podevine) March 10, 2019
Catch a taste of the final day’s action in this video by Videographer Ryan Doherty here:
The dramatic seas around Donegal were just what competitors had hoped for and they embraced the ‘radical’ waves to produce heart-stopping action.
The winning riders were crowned on Tuesday, with Australia’s Jaeger Stone taking the top spot. Philip Köster took the second place trophy, followed by Leon Jamaer in third and Robby Swift in fourth place.
With viewers all over the world tuning in to watch the contest on social media, this event is sure to put Donegal on the map for more watersports thrillseekers.
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This is the storm we waited 3 years for. A historical day for windsurfing with winds gusting up to 130 km/h and 8 meter waves. Thank you to the riders for the action, Ireland for the hospitality and mother nature for delivering these radical conditions! . #RedBullStormChase #Windsurfing #GivesYouWings #Ireland