The weather was unforgiving when kiters from all over the world took on harsh Norwegian plains.
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«I was forced to run with snow up to my knees, due to the lack of wind. It was a real struggle, and I was soaked with sweat. In the last round I was in the lead, but then I broke part of the kite, and I had to tie it together. It's the toughest competition I've ever been in», German kiter Peter Martel says.
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The 350 kiters were literally taken by storm when Hardangervidda – a wildern area in southern Norway – showed its turbulent side this weekend. In just a few hours, the weather ranged from dazzling sunshine and blue skies to snowfall and changing winds.
The unforgiven terrain and the various weather is a key part of Red Bull Ragnarok, who chose its name carefully: "Ragnarok" is namely based on a Norse endgame myth where good and evil gods fought one another until only the strongest were left.
Thanks @redbullnorge for the awesome experience! The race didn't go as planned but next year I'll come more prepared💪🏻 Gracias @redbullnorge por la increíble experiencia! La carrera no ha ido como esperaba pero el año que viene vendré más preparada💪🏻 #redbullragnarok #givesyouwings
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This time, the toughest «kiting god» was Peter Martel, who despite a broken rope flew away with first place in the snowboard class.
Two Norwegians also reached the podium. Camilla Ringvold finished second in the women's skiing class while the local kite hero Bjorn Kaupang took second place in the men's skiing class.
Looping my way around the #redbullragnarok track with my favorite @cabrinhakites 🌬Who says you need a big foil to go fast🌬 Stoked to finish on the podium again in my sixth edition 🏆Had the most fun while riding this year - no stress, no pressure - just a cool day of really technical kiting with a lot of amazing kitebuddies. Thanks for the cheering at the gate 📷 @matsgrimseth @redbullnorge #CabrinhaTeam
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Battling against the wind in the Norwegian fauna was definitely a new experience for Alaa Al Dandachli from Dubai.
«Because of the cold, I can hardly feel my nose. But I still love Ragnarok. The wind was both hard and light, and I made it through two and a half round, 50 kilometers in total. I am very pleased with that, and I will definitely train more and come back next year» he says.
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Al Dandachi was far from the only kiter who had travelled across the world to defy the Norwegian elements.
This year's competition namely set the record with participants from 30 different nations, with kiters from, among others, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.
We are all blown away, Ragnarok!
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