Red Bull Flugtag – Long Beach, California
Nothing screams American culture quite like the Red Bull Flugtag where people spend months making a man powered flying craft in their garages, dress like fools, and have their friends launch them off a 30 foot pier into a large body of water. Welcome to America! I was fortunate enough to be on a trip home when this years Flugtag was happening in Long Beach, California. It was a perfect day, bright, sunny and a crowd of over 100,00 people all eager to watch their fellow man crash and burn. Lets be honest here, people come to this event for the fails and not the wins.
Summer time means it’s Flugtag season! This year the new world record was set in my hometown, Long Beach, California on September 21st. The team “The Chicken Whisperers” flew an astonishing 258 feet (78.64 m)! Considering that most of the man made crafts just fall of the end of the pier, it was quite a sight to see.
Red Bull was originally inspired by an energy drink in Thailand that was then modified for the western market. Today Red Bull is one of the most popular energy drinks around the world. The Red Bull Flugtag begun in 1992, just 5 years after the company begun, although the Flugtag concept historically originated in 1971 in the South of England. Ha! So it’s not just Americans!
Even though now days the Red Bull Flugtag is an extremely popular event in the US, 2013 marked the first National competition and was held in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, Dallas, and Long Beach, it is also an international event. Participating countries include New Zealand, Croatia, Canada, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Kuwait, Turkey, France and many more.
As one of the most unique sporting events around, the Red Bull Flugtag is definitely one for the bucket list. Whether you want to watch or join in the fun and complete, it’s a good time to laugh with friends and make some great memories.
As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world.
Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more.