Felix Kersten conquers 2019 Red Bull Ragnarok

April 8, 2019 | Kiteboarding
2019 Red Bull Ragnarok: the event had 250 riders from 30 nations | Photo: Van der Heide/Red Bull

Felix Kersten claimed the 2019 Red Bull Ragnarok, held Hardangervidda, a mountain plateau located on Norway.

This year, the world's largest snowkiting race attracted riders from 30 nations. They all wanted to relive the last battle (Ragnarok) between Norse mythology's good and evil Gods.

The name "Ragnarok" stems from an incident in Norse mythology, describing the last battle between the good and evil Gods, where only the heroes of the battlefield survive.

In 2018, only three out of 350 completed all five laps (105 kilometers). This year saw 13 of out of 250 complete all five laps (105 kilometers).

Kersten was the fastest athlete to complete the challenge. The German skier secured his third Red Bull Ragnarok title after crossing the finish line in three hours and ten minutes.

"This year's race was quite tough because, after the first round, the wind died completely and we had to walk a little bit," explained Felix Kersten.

"I was in front, but I saw everyone was catching up to me and I lost a little bit. In the second lap I overtook them again, and from this point I was in the lead and I took it o the end!"

In the snowboarding division, Peter Martel and Bruce Kessler fought an intense battle for first place, but in the end, it was the 19-year-old Swiss who raised the trophy with a total time of three hours and 23 minutes.

"It's a dream come true. It's been my biggest dream to get that top spot, and I'm so happy that I made it!" expressed the young snow kiter after concluding the 150-kilometer race.

Steph Bridge: she finally finished the Red Bull Ragnarok | Photo: Van der Heide/Red Bull

On the women's ski competition, the one and only Steph Bridge won the snowkiting event for the fifth time and made it to the finish line for the first time with 15 minutes left on the clock.

The British climbed high and went around three mountains to keep the wind blowing her wing.

Bridge ended up sailing a far longer course but keeping moving forward and skating to get to the finish. The last 100 meters, Steph skated to the finish with no wind at all.

Aija Ambrasa, from Latvia, conquered the women's snowboard division.

2019 Red Bull Ragnarok | Top 3

Male Ski
1. Felix Kersten (GER)
2. Dmytro Yasnolobov (UKR)
3. Daniel Riegler (AUT)

Male Snowboard
1. Bruce Kessler (SUI)
2. Peter Martel (CAN)
3. Christian Labbe (CAN)

Female Ski
1. Steph Bridge (GBR)
2. Jennie Milton (AUS)
3. Lorenza Malaguti (CAN)

Female Snowboard
1. Aija Ambrasa (LAT)
2. Kirsti Henriksen (NOR)
3. Sigrid K. Gaup Aamot (NOR)