Words by Tim Wong
The night before New Year’s Eve, Matt and I were thinking of something to do the next night. I had several invitations to NYE parties, majority of which were at night clubs, but I’m not particularly fond of clubbing. I finally stumbled upon Red Bull’s No Limits New Year’s Eve jump so we had something to do after the San Diego Auto Show. We had quite a bit of free time until record breaking jumping so we had some free time to walk around downtown San Diego.
We decided to grab some lunch at one of my favorite places in the area, Royal Thai. Some Pad Thai and Sweet and Sour Pork.
After some time, we took a break at Petco Park until it got closer to the starting time of the event.
When we got over there, they were still setting up the Red Bull Energy Lounge and apparently still doing work on the ramp for the jump.
Plenty of Red Bull being handed out to the crowds.
VIP lounge all setup in a new location to get a view of the jump’s landing.
This is the landing ramp for the jump across the harbor.
Here you can see the distance of the jump.
The start point where they will be launching a snowmobile and a bike simultaneously later in the evening.
As you can see, ESPN had some serious camera gear set up to capture the whole thing for their live coverage.
After walking around Seaport Village for a bit, we started heading back to the event. The sun had set and the lights had been turned on so everyone could get a clear view of the spectacle.
Grabbing some free Red Bull. Took me quite some time and patience to get one because the girls handing them out were daft. I had to tell them what I wanted twice while waiting an eternity.
One of two snowmobiles in the pit area that will be used by Levi LaVallee. You can see the bike Robbie Maddison will be riding in the back.
We had a decent spot in front where the jump was to take place and the crowd had yet to file in.
The opposite side of the harbor where they were to land. It was clear earlier in the evening and then some heavy fog started to set in.
Ah the convenience of modern technology. Because we didn’t have a TV broadcasting the jump, we just streamed it on our phones.
The crowds had filled up in our section.
Red Bull scooter riding up and down the track making checks I assume.
Both jumpers were making some practice runs.
Off they went rather quickly and pretty much impossible for me to get a decent picture.
The massive crowds leaving right after the jump trying to get ahead of traffic.
We ended the night at Barona with some friends and a buffet.