Burandt wins overall crown
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Shortly after the stroke of midnight on Saturday night, the final public votes from across the country were tallied at the historic 4th Avenue Theater in Anchorage, Alaska. It was then that Kremmling’s Chris Burandt and his videographer, Rich Van Every of Carlsbad, Calif., hoisted their moose antler first-place trophy above their heads, bringing the curtain down on the Red Bull Fuel + Fury backcountry freestyle snowmobile video competition. The duo won the “Best Overall Segment” prize, along with $7,000, with their entry “My Hot Pocket Sponsor Me Video.”
“I’m feeling really good,” said Burandt, who also won the 2005 Red Bull Fuel + Fury in Milwaukee. “It was about teamwork. Rich and I put a lot of effort into our video. We were the first ones into the editing rooms and the last to leave, and it showed.” From Sunday, April 9, to Thursday, April 13, 16 teams of the world’s best freestyle snowmobilers and videographers spent their days riding and shooting in the majestic Alaskan backcountry at locations ranging from nearby Turnagain Arm to Valdez, some six hours south.
When the sun set, the teams headed to their editing rooms – some until the sun rose – to produce their two- to four-minute original video segments. All of the teams’ videos were turned over to the court of public opinion on Saturday, April 15.
In the Fuel + Fury “preem” categories, also judged by the pubic, Borchers won “Best Run,” Christoph Von Alvensleben soared to “Biggest Air” and Blue River resident Jay Quinlan – revered by many as the “godfather” of freestyle snowmobiling – made his “Worst Wreck” pay off, as each rider took home $1,000.All of the videos, along with photos of the competition, can be viewed at http://www.redbullfuelandfury.com.
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