300 kiters from 28 countries were gathered on the icy mountain plains of Hardangervidda in Norway, to compete in the world´s biggest and toughest snowkite competition.
The scenery was amazing with sun and clear blue sky, but constantly diminishing wind throughout the day made it challenging for the kiters.
Despite the 100 kilometer course being shortened by one lap, only 14 out of the 300 kiters managed to complete the whole kite race.
Among them were the top 3 men kiting on skis and the winner in the snowboard class for men, Norwegian Sigve Botnen.
– The first lap was a bit slow, but when I changed to a bigger kite it went much better. My tactic was good, and so was the sight. This years Red Bull Ragnarok has to be the toughest I've ever been part of, I can feel the lactic acid in my thighs real good, says Sigve Botnen.
Ever since Red Bull Ragnarok was first arranged back in 2010, its popularity has only been growing. This year´s fifth edition was so popular the fight to secure a start number was almost as hard as the battle itself.
Among the lucky to secure spots, two thirds were international kiters. Many of the them travelled from countries such as Greece, South Africa, Croatia and Brazil, trading board shorts with windproof clothes and for some, it was even their fist time kiting on snow.
While some had been training long and hard to go all in, others, like three guys representing The Dominican Republic.
– I´m born ready! I've been kiting since the sport was popular in the 90s. Today has been amazing. Norway is fantastic, the nature is incredible, and the kiting on the plains of Hardangervidda has been extremely exhausting, but also priceless, says Luis Perez Paulino.
Among the international participants were some of the world's most well known riders, like Dutch Ruben Lenten and Duncan Zuur, and Belgium´s Christophe Tack.
In spite of being in the world´s elite of kiting, Red Bull Ragnarok became one of the toughest kite races they have ever participated in.
Steph Bridge was the winner in the womans skiing category. This is what she thought of todays race:
"It was tougher than giving birth to a baby!"
1. Felix Kersten (GER)
2. Klemet Store (NOR)
3. Michael Kaspar (SUI)
1. Sigve Botnen (NOR)
2. Reinhold Gehrer (AUT)
3. Peter Martel (CAN)
1. Steph Bridge (GBR)
2. Camilla Ringvold (NOR)
3. Eugenia Gueorguieva (USA)
1. Linda Viktoria Olofsson (NOR)
2. Ingrid Danielsson (SWE)
3. Marit Nore (NOR)
Watch the video here: http://www.redbull.com/no/no/snow/stori ... 8/ragnarok