New Year’s Eve / Red Bull No Limits

Words by Tim Wong

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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.

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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.

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After some time, we took a break at Petco Park until it got closer to the starting time of the event.

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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.

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Plenty of Red Bull being handed out to the crowds.

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VIP lounge all setup in a new location to get a view of the jump’s landing.

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This is the landing ramp for the jump across the harbor.

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Here you can see the distance of the jump.

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The start point where they will be launching a snowmobile and a bike simultaneously later in the evening.

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As you can see, ESPN had some serious camera gear set up to capture the whole thing for their live coverage.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We had a decent spot in front where the jump was to take place and the crowd had yet to file in.

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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.

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Ah the convenience of modern technology. Because we didn’t have a TV broadcasting the jump, we just streamed it on our phones.

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The crowds had filled up in our section.

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Red Bull scooter riding up and down the track making checks I assume.

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Both jumpers were making some practice runs.

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Off they went rather quickly and pretty much impossible for me to get a decent picture.

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The massive crowds leaving right after the jump trying to get ahead of traffic.

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We ended the night at Barona with some friends and a buffet.

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