There was a break without any rain yesterday afternoon, so it was a good opportunity to go and see the Red Bull Flugtag myself. The only problem was that hundreds of people had the same idea, so there was a big group of people already at the location close to the central ferry piers.
When I arrived (together with my friend Rik), we stood behind the stage and watched the first few flights taking of – but actually, the term flight is exaggerating, it was more like a free fall.
But everyone put on a good show and the crowd was cheering… everyone seemed happy. There were lots of happy kids around!
We stayed behind the stage a little while, before walking around the area that was closed off. We could see all the flying (or maybe better said: falling) objects that would be put to a test shortly… and a bunch of very happy and excited crew members.
Every team that went on stage had to put on a 30 second show, and that was quite fun to watch – lots of dances and fancy moves, but also the odd topless male act or even more elaborate costumes. After that, the pilot had to get on top of the plane and his crew members would push the object forward – hoping it would fly. But actually, it was just falling and crashing.
We kept walking around the enclosure until we reached the public entrance of the main area – there were already thousands of people, a mix of locals, tourists, teenagers, families and couples. We stood at the back and just watched the big screen. There was no chance that we could get closer to the stage.
But the good thing was that from the screen, we could actually see the flight teams starting and falling … there were some impressive teams, I think number 19 did a good job in actually staying a fraction of a second in the air (and not immediately falling like a stone).
The weather was getting worse and worse, more clouds and wind was coming up – and we quickly decided to walk back into Central and enjoy a tea at Shortbread Teas. From what I can gather, team OUTSIGN.LAB won this year’s fun event. But I don’t know how long the stayed up in the air, does anyone have more details for me?