Vancouver craft soaks the competition at Red Bull Flugtag Ottawa-Gatineau



    Surf and the City show grace and gumption by piloting their human-powered
    flying machine over 25 m (83 ft) into the Ottawa River

    Event VNR and Photo information available below

    OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - After a two year layover, Red Bull
Flugtag returned to Canada today, making waves in the Ottawa River. The stakes
were high and costumes fierce, but it was one team that really strutted their
stuff! Over 50,000 spectators witnessed team Surf and the City pilot their
home-made craft - imagine a yellow New York taxi with surfboard wings - a
whopping 25.3 m (83 ft), just 1 m (3 ft) shy of the Canadian record. Showing
an undeniable flair for fashion and nose for flight, Surf and the City took
home flying rights along with $7,500 in prize money which they are donating to
a children's surf school in Tofino, BC.
    "This was awesome and one of the best times of our lives," said Shawna
Olsten of Surf and the City. "We're so excited to have won and to be giving
the money to charity in order to set-up kid surf camps. If anyone gets the
chance to do this the next time it's in Canada they should do it - for sure!"
    Inspired by the HBO show Sex and the City, Surf and the City danced in
their Manolo's and bikinis - designer handbags in tow - before powering pilot
Jennifer Rainnie and their New York Taxi down the Flugtag flight deck. Along
with Mr. Big, this four-woman team of west coast surfer girls glided their
craft smooth past the 25 m (80 ft) marker.
    Flugtag - which is pronounced FLEWG-TOG - is German for "flying day", but
in this case it means flying off a 6.7 m (22 ft) deck into the open water!
Thirty-two teams of up to five people spent weeks sketching and building their
human-powered flying machines and today finally unleashed their unique
concoctions of creativity and aerodynamics. In the shadow of the stately
Parliament Buildings, crafts flew as far as their homemade wings could take
them before splashing into the currents of the Ottawa River.
    Frisbee in the Sky with Diamonds from Barrie, ON earned second place -
skydiving lessons - with a distance of 15 m (43 ft) and by spinning a
psychedelic tie-dyed frisbee off the flight deck. Third place was awarded to
Flighthouse - picture a lighthouse with wings - of Bedford, NS, who flew 19 m
(62 ft).
    "This was an amazing event to be a part of on such a beautiful day in
Ottawa with such a great turnout," said Red Bull Flugtag Judge and Calgary
Flames Player, Dion Phaneuf. "The teams took a lot of time and pride in the
things they built and it was really great to see all the creativity."
    With 32 teams from across Canada airborne, there were some graceful dives
as well as quite a few belly-flops. Between a Flying Dutchman, a home-made
Beavertail, some Banana Hammocks and members of The A-Team there to represent,
the judges had a difficult decision to make. Ultimately, it was Red Bull Baron
Jager Bomber who won the crowd over, winning the People's Choice Award and
receiving the most SMS votes from fans, also taking home the prize of a trip
to experience an upcoming Red Bull event.
    Surprising the crowd with their lime green Speedos which were hidden
under their lederhosen, Red Bull Baron Jager Bomber piloted their
sharp-looking craft into the river with style.
    "It's what the fans say that matters," said Evan Lycklama of Red Bull
Baron Jager Bomber. "All our wildest dreams just came true. We would do this
again anytime."
    Since its debut in 1991 in Vienna, Austria, more than 50 Flugtags have
been held around the world - from Ireland to San Francisco, attracting up to
300,000 spectators. The record for the farthest flight-to-date currently
stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Red Bull Flugtag Austria.

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For further information: or to book an interview, please contact:
English Speaking Media, Sonia Klinger, Red Bull Canada,
sonia.klinger@ca.redbull.com, (416) 542-7493; Michelle Easton, Alana Lipton,
Edelman, michelle.easton@edelman.com, alana.lipton@edelman.com, (416)
454-9060, (416) 716-1552; French Speaking Media, Josee Laperriere, Red Bull
Canada, josee.laperriere@ca.redbull.com, (416) 542-7485; Marie-Anne Grondin,
Edelman, Marie-anne.grondin@edelman.com, (514) 808-2892


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