Over 220 000 spectators descended upon Cape Town’s V & A Waterfront to watch teams and their makeshift aircrafts trying to manually get altitude at the Red Bull Flugtag.
Last staged in South Africa in 2002, it was the 123rd edition of the event internationally since its humble beginnings in Vienna, Austria twenty years ago. The crowd was witness to some remarkable flying machines and equally remarkable dance moves, most teams pulling out all the stops in a bid to win over the judging panel. The judging panel consisted of self-made media mogul Seth Rotherham, comedian Siv Ngesi and Olympians Khotso Mokoena and Bridget Hartley as well as other well-known South African personalities. They judged the teams not only on the eventual distance their crafts achieved but also their showmanship and creativity.
“Cape Town really came to the party at possibly one of the most epic events of the year. The teams played out of their boots with their dance moves, creative aircrafts and fantastic causes that many of them were supporting,” said head judge Seth Rotherham. It was eventually Team #BullsEye with their elaborate dart board-themed get up, who won not only the judges over but the crowd too with their sensational flight across the water.
“It’s a surreal feeling to have won first Red Bull Flugtag that take place in Cape Town! It was a couple of months of serious hard work designing and eventually building a craft,” said a thrilled Danny Cinti the team’s leader. “The vibe amongst the teams was amazing – everyone was so supportive and really went out to have a good time today.”
But it wasn’t only the teams and their crafts that dazzled the crowd with their aerial mastery – aerobatic pilot Glen Dell pulled some hair-raising manoeuvres in his Red Bull Extra 300 and international ‘Flyboarder’ Franky Zapata left them gobsmacked with what can only be described as hydro-propelled aerobatics.
The day was rounded off by local house music duo Goldfish, playing their hits from an extraordinary location – a barge nestled in the main basin of the Waterfront – all in all a good day for Cape Town.