Red Bull put on a competition called the Red Bull Storm Chase, but even they did not expect the the extreme hurricane-like conditions they got for a recent showdown where Thomas Traversa from France was crowned the champion of the storm surfing universe.

With building-high waves and gusts of wind reaching 70 knots, only the most pro windsurfers in the world were invited participate in the comp. Check out these crazy windsurfing skills shown off the storm-ravaged coast of Cornwall, U.K.