Balz Müller braved the elements on one of the biggest days in his life at Isleten, Lake Uri, Switzerland. He stalls big Forwards, rotates through Shifties (or overrotates them) or lands Cheese Rolls. The water is flying and he doesn’t care. This man flies almost to the moon!! “Wild but sweet” shows how far Balz can push the limits.
“There are days of which I usually dream at night. The violent Föhnwind storm of 20.12.2019 was exactly such an unreal day! Already the early morning coffee had big waves, nothing could stand still with such a wind forecast!
The foehn wind whipped with more than 120km/h over the mountain riverdelta Isleten, even its rocks rolled and flew. I quickly realized that there was much more wind than in any other storm last year. Impressive water tornadoes, on the Lake of Uri – also affectionately called water devils – really wanted to swallow me from the water surface! Such a Tornado whirled directly towards me, tore my sail immediately out of my hand and I – surrounded by white – clung to my board and hoped my gear and I would not be blown away!
I keep asking myself the question, when will the storm come, which will simply be too strong? There I stand with my smallest sail 3.3m completely open on the Lake of Uri and can’t move forward or backward, just stand in the water and marvel at the concentrated power of nature! I dare to say that that day I surfed the strongest constant wind of my life so far and had the best session of the past year 2019!
That overrotated Shifty was one of my worst crashes (in the movie at 0:55) I’ve had in a long time. I sort of went headfirst in the boom, touching wood. Nothing serious has happened!” (Balz Müller about this big day in Switzerland)
Wild but sweet – Balz Müller rides the ultimate storm at Lake Uri, Switzerland in December 2019