Hundreds come to Hayle for windsurfing competition

Posted on 10th February 2014

Hundreds of people visited Hayle to catch a glimpse of the world’s best windsurfers as they competed in the Red Bull Storm Chase at Gwithian.

Visitors staying in coastal cottages in Cornwall and locals from the Hayle area descended on Gwithian and were treated to competitors riding 35 foot waves and performing tricks in wind speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.

The competition was the last leg of a three-legged competition that saw the ten best storm surfers participate in the event.

The previous two legs were in Ireland and Tasmania, but the Cornish event was regarded by windsurfers and judges alike as the toughest.

Head judge, Duncan Coombs, says, “The end of the final Mission here in Cornwall, what an epic way to end it. The beauty of the Red Bull Storm Chase concept is that you’re always going to get optimum conditions – especially with such a late call based on a good forecast to mobilise.”

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