This month Blaine and I will be taking a look at the many fitness-related things you can do locally. Kicking things off, I’ll be talking about yesterday’s Red Bull Flugtag, Sydney. A day in the sun by Sydney Harbour? Perfect.
The Red Bull Flugtag (‘Flying Day‘) has become a regular event in many parts of the world. It involves teams of people constructing home-made ‘aircraft‘ (and I use the term very loosely), and launching themselves from a ramp above the water.
Some of them make 10 metres*; most of them manage 2 or 3. That isn’t really the point.
Why do people do it?
Good question. The competitors all have reasonable levels of strength, intelligence and foolhardiness. Of these, I suspect ‘foolhardiness’ is the major component.
Quite simply – they do it because it’s fun.
Why do people watch?
I must admit, it feels a little odd to watch an event without the usual expectations. With most things I see, the person who lifts the most, runs the fastest, swims the smoothest etc is generally the winner. In the case of the Flugtag, it’s quite different. All competitors have crowd support.
I want to watch one. When is the next Flugtag near me?
Looking for more?
If you want to take a look at the event itself, here are a few of the many places to check out :
- Official Red Bull photo gallery (for this particular event)
- Testing the ‘Wheel of Glory‘ (streaming video)
- Highlights from the 2006 Vancouver Flugtag (streaming video)
More photos and video on the way.
Final thoughts on the Red Bull Flugtag
I love watching amateur events such as this – where competitors take part simply because they enjoy it. After all, isn’t that the perfect thinking behind any sport or activity?
* If you’re wondering, the record is an astonishing 60m, set in Austria 8 years ago. Most competitors don’t travel anywhere near that distance.