Only four kiteboarders out of 300 riders were able to complete the 2015 Red Bull Ragnarok, in Norway.
The world's biggest and toughest snow kite contest attracted athletes from 28 countries to the icy mountain plains of Hardangervidda. And this year's edition was a very difficult one.
The 100-kilometer course was shortened by one lap, and run in decreasing wind conditions. Only the top 3 men riding on skis and the winner of the men's snowboard division, Sigve Botnen, were able to cross the finish line.
"I had a tough first lap, but as soon as I changed to a bigger kite it got better. My tactic worked, and the visibility was good. This year's Ragnarok was challenging though. I can feel the lactic in my legs pretty well now," expressed Sigve Botnen.
Two-thirds of the starting lineup were international kiteboarders. Ruben Lenten, Dimi de Jong, Christophe Tack and Steph Bridge were impressed with the Norwegian experience.
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.
2015 Red Bull Ragnarok | Final Results
1. Felix Kersten (GER)
2. Klemet Store (NOR)
3. Michael Kaspar (SUI)
1. Steph Bridge (GBR)
2. Camilla Ringvold (NOR)
3. Eugenia Gueorguieva (USA)
1. Sigve Botnen (NOR)
2. Reinhold Gehrer (AUT)
3. Peter Martel (CAN)
1. Linda Viktoria Olofsson (NOR)
2. Ingrid Danielsson (SWE)
3. Marit Nore (NOR)