Iceberging with Red Bull
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Red Bull is a totally insane company that is totally cool. Who else would come up with ideas like the Flugtag, Air Races, and Extreme Challenge, or for wakeboarding events like the Depth Charge and Winch Masters? All of these events (and all the others Red Bull comes up with) are usually awesome in their own unique way, but this one I think will take the cake… for a long time. This particular event became known as Wakeberg and it involved nothing short of jibbing icebergs in Newfoundland, Canada.
Team riders Parks Bonifay, Adam Errington and Josh Sanders all flew into St. John’s, Newfoundland for three days of nothing more than trying to ride their wakeboards on icebergs. Sounds like a joke, right? It’s not. It’s totally serious and totally insane and totally awesome.
When Red Bull invited me on this trip I was skeptical at first. How could you not be? There were a lot of variables that would have to perfectly align for this to work. For example, finding an iceberg that was physically possible to hit, finding seas calm enough to tow a wakeboarder through and shoot photos from, getting the weather to cooperate, and hoping the iceberg wouldn’t collapse in the middle of it all and possibly kill some wakeboarders and lookers-on.
Without getting into too much detail, let me just tell you that project Wakeberg was an unbelievable success. It actually blows me away just thinking about how well this whole iceberg jibbing thing went. So well, in fact, that the boys are already talking about ways to do it again in the near future. They’ll have to hurry, though, ‘cause the icebergs are melting fast.
Keep your eyes peeled for a future issue of Alliance Wakeboard that will feature photos and a story from this epic trip. And of course, much of the footage captured in Newfoundland on the icebergs will be featured in the upcoming Parks Bonifay documentary. For more info and pics check out www.redbull.ca/wakeberg