• Red Bull Skydive Team
  • Red Bull Skydive Team
  • Red Bull Skydive Team
  • Red Bull Skydive Team
  • Red Bull Skydive Team
  • Red Bull Skydive Team
  • Red Bull Skydive Team
  • Red Bull Skydive Team

To celebrate the launch of Red Bull in Indonesia, the legendary Red Bull Skydive team journeyed to Java Island to explore the mysterious and spectacular Mount Bromo, an active volcano and the most famous peak in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. This spectacular display is the first ever skydive over an active volcano in Indonesia. The team ascended by helicopter to 4000 meters and performed 2 spectacular jumps, such as one with the iconic wingsuit formation reaching speeds of over 200km per hour and the second jump was a freefall parachute jump during which the team deployed the Indonesia national flag, as they flew over the smoldering peak!

The Red Bull Skydive team, made up of 4 Austrians, from Georg Lettner, Dominic Roithmair, Marco Furst, to Marco Waltenspiel. They all had heard the myths, legends and fascinating history of Mount Bromo. Tengger, the local clan, believe Mount Bromo to be a sacred mountain. They still hold the traditional ceremony Yadnya Kasada, or Kasoro, every full moon to honor their ancestors. In the past century Mount Bromo has erupted three times, the most recent eruption was in 2011. Mount Bromo located at East Java province, Indonesia, and stands 2.393 meters high. The air temperature around the volcano can swing from 10 degrees to 25 degrees, from bright sunshine to torrential thunderstorms and from a light breeze to gale force winds all within the same day, a huge challenge for any skydive.

Add to that the fact that the volcano is still active and constantly emits a plume of white sulfuric smoke, you have some of the most challenging conditions imaginable for this kind of display. The team arrived in Bromo for the first time late evening and they could not wait to explore the location at first light, they were in awe as it is the most beautiful volcanic landscape they had ever seen and it had long been a spot that they had wanted to jump. The team having performed over 16.000 stunning and technically difficult jumps around the globe can now include this in one of their incredible feats.

Marco, one of the Red Bull skydivers said, “Climbing to 4.000 meters is a challenge considering the thin air and extra power needed to go right up the limit. We were greeted with a sky full of clouds, which is not ideal for a jump. We had to wait until for the sky to clear and for the weather conditions to be right for the jump. When we reached the right height for free-fall time seemed to stop, we were just taken aback by the stunning scenery. We could feel the energy from the active volcano when we were right above the crater and could even smell the sulfur in the air.”

The biggest obstacle, according to 25 year old Dominic, was the extreme change in weather, plus the sulfuric air that can irritate the eyes. “Although I have done numerous free-fall jumps before, but this one was particularly challenging because the volcano is still active, and the weather is always changing. We can even see small eruptions coming off the surrounding peaks.” He explained that skydive is one of the most challenging and extreme sports, requiring preparation, calculated-risk and skill. “Any skydive needs both mental and physical preparation, unique skills, experience and safety precautions. We spent 4 days assessing the terrain and preparing for the jump, preparation that pays off when we perform such a successful jump. Furthermore, we were able to fly with the Indonesian flag up in the sky with stunning scenery in the background. Indonesians should be proud of their country. This place is incredible!”

“We [the Red Bull Skydive team] want to thank Red Bull Indonesia for all their help and support to make this jump happened. Red Bull is known for its spectacular and extraordinary events across the world, now it is the time to put Indonesia on that map,” said Dominic. For full story regarding the Red Bull Skydive team in Indonesia, feel free to read the entire article here.

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