SOURCE: Red Bull

August 27, 2007 14:06 ET

Red Bull Flugtag Proves Everything's Bigger in Texas

85,000 Keep Austin Weird

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - Over 85,000 spectators, the largest U.S. Red Bull Flugtag audience to date, swarmed Auditorium Shores as 28 teams launched their homemade flying machines above Lady Bird Lake in hopes of human-powered flight. Texas teams swept the night taking all podium spots as well as the People's Choice Award.

Local team Skate and Destroy took home first place and soared into Red Bull Flugtag history on an enormous skateboard as they climbed their ultimate ramp and performed tricks off of the 30-foot flight deck before splashing into the waters below.

"Murderball" star and Olympic Bronze Medalist Mark Zupan piloted Overweight, Out of Date Superman into second place. "This has to be one of the top two things I have ever done, and I have a World Championship Medal!" said Zupan.

Billy Ocean's Amazing Flying Fish Taco served up third place with their tasty craft while Congress St. Bats rounded out the night with the People's Choice Award after tallying 16,000 SMS votes. "The adrenaline was pumpin'... It was like we were kids again. It was like we literally morphed ourselves back to being six years old," said Billy Ocean's captain Jourdan Adler.

NIGHTTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME

Quirky crafts lit up Austin's sky Saturday evening, including a soaring shamrock with team Get Lucky!, a Flinstones-inspired Team Stoneage blast from the past and a patriotic salute to the National Guard with Team GX's Apache helicopter. The event marked the first North American nighttime Red Bull Flugtag and the second time Austin has hosted the flying competition.

A star studded judging panel brought the A-list to Austin with Olympic Gold Medalist Amanda Beard, "Friday Night Lights" actress Connie Britton, hip hop beat master Paul Wall and "Desperate Housewives" star Ricardo Antonio Chavira. Mayor Will Wynn was also on hand to dish out scores and give a warm Texas welcome to the crowd. Musical acts added entertainment to the night with judge and Texas country favorite Cory Morrow and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell's rendition of the National Anthem.

FREQUENT FLIERS

The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991. Since then, more than 40 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the world -- from Croatia to Portland -- attracting up to 300,000 spectators per event. The record for the farthest flight to date currently stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Red Bull Flugtag Austria. The U.S. record stands at 155 feet, set in Nashville in 2007.

While there has never been a limit on creativity, there are a few rules and regulations. First off, all flying machines must be entirely human-powered (no external energy sources or stored power). Secondly, all crafts must be less than 30 feet wide. And finally, no matter what they say, size does matter -- all crafts must weigh no more than 450 lbs. (including the pilot).

For media information including interviews, please contact Ellie Applen at (310) 460-4532 or ellen.applen@us.redbull.com. For photos visit www.redbull-photofiles.com.

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