Check out Red Bull Storm Chase website featuring me in the story of my late entry to this unique competition :)

As far as the video interview goes (www.redbullstormchase.com) I hope you can understand my 100miles an hour talking! haha.. sorry! 

Justyna Sniady's Story (by RBSC crew)

She's a pro sailor. Highly capable. Really tough. Very pretty. She wanted to be part of the chase.

But this time, it wasn't meant to be.

Here's the story of Justyna Sniady, who sadly couldn't register for the competition, although she had long been looking forward to it.

 ACT ONE: HER EAGER ANTICIPATION AND PREPARATION

Back in 2006. The first Red Bull Storm Chase event is held across Europe. Ten windsurfers from eight countries head out to sail one storm at different spots across the continent. Justyna is 21 years old at the time, already a pro sailor, and envisions herself to participate in the event.

Six years later: Red Bull Storm Chase makes its return. So does Justyna's anticipation to be part of it:

"I've been waiting for it to return since 2006. Back then, Polish competitors couldn't enter the event. I've dreamed about it ever since!"

This time, she won't miss her chance. Consequently, she starts to prepare her registration right away: Training on the water and shooting footage for her application video.

ACT TWO: HER ONE-OF-A-KIND APPLICATION VIDEO

It's late July. The registration period for Red Bull Storm Chase has ended a day before. Justyna is not amongst the registered sailors. Sports & Athletes Manager Klaas Voget receives a message from her:

"I know it is the 29th today, but I have been in the hospital after the surgery on my foot. I crashed it into pieces after an unlucky stalled forward in Pozo. Nevertheless, I really need to sign up for Red Bull Storm Chase! I have to! You know well that I'm a Red Bull junkie and ambassador for 10 years now. I don't even let people drink any other energy drinks!"

With it, she sends her one-of-a-kind application VIDEO

She's also written a brilliant motivational passage for her profile:

"10 broken bones, broken my nose 5 times, perforated my ear drum 3 times broken, 36 stitches, countless cuts and bruises, present at any good day within 600 km reach of me, massive wipe-outs and over 8000 cans of Red Bull drank in the last 14 years. I’m ready! Maybe there are better sailors, some with real balls, but mine are made of steel! ;D Can’t wait for a chance to be a part of an experience full of huge waves, hectic winds and Red Bull!"

The crew is at a loss what to do now. Everyone can literally feel how bad she'd like to be participate. But at the same time, everyone agrees that it's not realistic for her to recover quickly enough from her injury.

In the end it is decided that reason has to prevail. Her registration cannot be accepted anymore.

ACT THREE: HER RECOVERY AND RETURN TO THE TOUR

Obviously this turn of events is not what Justyna had hoped for, when she heard of Red Bull Storm Chase's return. A bad injury never comes at the right time, but it seems this year was an especially bad time for it to happen. Luckily she's got a great support system around her: Her family, her partner Ben Proffitt and the entire PWA crowd. Despite her injury she hasn't lost a bit of her enthusiasm.

In July, when the crew visits the PWA tour stop on Tenerife to interview some of the selected Storm Chasers after the voting, they are surprised to also meet Justyna.

Apparently she's already returned to the tour. Not yet competing again, but instead commenting..INTERVIEW 

Everyone on the crew wishes her all the best for her ongoing recovery. Justyna, we're looking forward to see you back on the water! And regarding Red Bull Storm Chase: There's always a next time...


 

Thanks for the wishes and for sharing my story! Can't wait for a good forcast to see the RBSC going off!! :) 


OTHER NEWS

Snowboard season is officially open in Poland! :D
My new website is finally online! :D
I am privelaged to join an international team of Reptile Masts!
Hope you all had a great New Year's Eve. I wish you a Happy New Year filled with new plans, new beginnings and new successes. All the best in 2011! :)
I will be able to immortilize all the action in 2011 using the latest gadgets from GoPro! :D
Nothing better then having inspiring sponsors! Ken Block - promotes his DC brand in a very fashionable way! As I just got DC as my sponsor I didn't want to stay behind, and decided to catch up on...
I wrote a few words on my trips to Australia... OK, maybe it was more then few words hehe ;)
As we surf the Oceans we might as well do something to protect them. Help is just a click away!
I Wish You All Merry Christmas and a Happy, Windy 2011 :)
S-mag was designed by very good friends of mine with whom I was snowboarding for years. It is Poland's First Snowboarding Online Magazine! Check it out!
After hearing sooooo many stories about Esperance I finally got to check it out for myself! HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!
I am happy to announce that I have just joined SPY Optic Team Poland! SPY will equip me in the highest quality sunglasses, snow and motocross goggles! I'm stoked! :D
After long few months in the cold, I am finally off to Australia!
You need to design a logo, T-shirt, poster, flyer or an on-line ad? Just e-mail me: justinasurf@gmail.com :)
I have joined KA Sails International Team! STOKED! :D
I'm off to Gran Canaria this Saturday! All the gear arrived!
Scored some good wind and waves @ Gearies today!
No wind here so made different kind of training before Pozo! :)
It's windy very rarely here in OZ this season, but at least when it is, it's going off!
Just arrived in Warsaw few days ago, and was already "forced" by my friends to do a trip to the Polish seaside (Hel Peninsula) for the weekend, strait of the plane!
Polish SURFMAG #2
1st place in the first British Wavesailing Tour event of the year! Woooohhoooo!!!
Traditionally with a bit of drama on the way..
Epic conditions in Pozo this year! Sometimes too epic for my 75l and 3.3 haha!!
Check out interview with me and few of my fellow windsurfers in new Motion Magazin! :)
Haha.. was quite a bit of fun to pimp my ancient car with some red neck graphics!! ;) I finally put together a video showing how it all happened. Check it out!
Wooohooo! Scored another MotoX session!! It was 3rd time in my life on a MotoX bike, but I think I am getting a hang of it :D Check out few photos and a video.
It was one legendary event! Check out some pics and a video:)
It was a really well organised event! Too bad nothing could be done about the seaweed! ;)
Windless again!
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It's nice to be back in OZ and have summer to look forward to!
Here is a little article on me.. well maybe "little" is not the word haha..
And my BIGGEST WIPE OUT ever!
I am still working on mastering it with my Sensei, but it is looking quite good already! ;)
Wooooohoooo! Won a Green Head! :))
1 day before Lancelin Wave Classic.. typical!
BWA stop in Wales was a windless but action filled first event of the year!
I, Ben Newson , Jesper Orthand Colin Leanhardt did a little trip to Wedge Island to give the 2013 KA prototypes a go.
After ups and downs in Ireland - where I came 2nd in the end I got to keep the yellow rashie and remain the British Wavesailing Tour leader!! It's been emotional! ;D
I'm super stoked!!!
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Check out ladies special from Boardseeker.com with Nayra Alonso and myself on the mic:) Enjoy!
I broke my foot in the worse possible way!! Some doctors say I might never walk normally again yet alone sail!!
MY LIFELONG DREAM CAME TRUE! I've just came back from my first ever trip to Maui, Hawaii!
Wooooooohooooo!!! :D MASSIVE congratulations to Przemek Miarczynski and Zosia Noceti-Klepacka for winning 2 bronze medals in style!!!
Big THANK YOU to Dr PIOTR PIEKARCZYK for saving my foot!
Stepped on the board first time in over 4 months - just 3 weeks after I started limping around without crutches! Sign in and managed to defend my BWA title! Unbelievable and emotional event for me!
I made it down to the beach on crutches for the final - but I made it! 2nd and 3rd in Cornwall! Stoked!
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Big Thanks to GoPRO for the new camera!
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I'm really excited about joining Simmer Team! It is a great bunch of people who know how to have a good laugh while pushing the performance on the water as well!
Here is a little double interview me and Ben did for www.wwwindsurfing.com. We only got to see each other's answers when it was published:)
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I've just been featured as "THE MOST PROMINENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE POLISH WAVE SCENE" in the SURF INFORMATOR 2013! :D
It was the first competition of the season. We had starboard tack and light winds - which are my nightmare conditions, so I am SUPER stoked to come 2nd! :)
I made it back to Gran Canaria! It feels a bit wierd as I left POZO last year in an Ambulance..
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I am super happy to win the BWA Overall Wave Champion trophy this year!
Unfortunitely I will need the double (screw) elimination as they got stuck so much that only 4 got removed this time!
Check out Ben's latest training diaries from Western Australia. Few of my moves made the cut as well woogooo!
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Starring myself and... SYLVESTER STALLONE! ;) Check it out...
I'm metal free finally!
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Wow, what an awesome event it was! Check out some pictures and videos!
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Super stoked to win 6/8 rounds and come second in 2/8. We had more heats there then on the PWA this whole summer!
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We scored great 3 weeks up north! :)