Redbull Ragnarok - Norway
Endurance Snow kite Race
We were lucky enough to spend a week out in Norway, following two professional kite surfers, Jo Wilson and Jalou Langeree, as they traded in bikinis and warm clear water for thermals and temperatures that dipped as low as -18 degrees as they took part in the annual Redbull Ragnarok.
The name "Ragnarok" stems from an incident in Norse mythology, describing the last battle between the good and evil Gods, where only the heroes of the battlefield survive.
Red Bull Ragnarok imitates this myth in the respect that only a mere few snow-kite heroes will succeed. Endurance is paramount, and only the toughest riders will make it to the finish line. Freestylers will be favored by having the possibility to overcome some obstacles in order to shorten the track.
Our video, for Naish TV, follows the progress of Jo and Jalou as they take their first steps on snow, and demonstrates how professional athletes can quickly adapt to new challenges and conditions as race day approaches..
Filming the event provided many challenges, from keeping all the camera kit dry and in working order, to lugging everything around sometimes in knee deep snow fields. I guess our love for snowboarding and the mountains came through here, and we did it all with very big smiles on our faces!
Redbull Ragnarok - Website - Images by Craig Sawyer