Tangalooma Island turned up the heat for the first ever Red Bull Rope Swing, on Moreton Island this past weekend. Perfect blue skies and crystal clear waters were the perfect backdrop for 45 competitors, who showed their skills by swinging off a giant rope moored just off the shore.
“We’ve been swinging from a tree into the Yarra River in Melbourne for a long time now and this seemed to be the perfect event for us to compete in”, said Ben, 21. “The atmosphere and set up here is amazing”, added older brother Dion, 23. “We also wanted to show the Queenslanders how it was done”.
Both are gymnasts which definitely helped them to the top of the podium. Spectators had front row seats with inflatables spread out all around the landing zone. Creativity and gymnastic ability seemed to be the key, but those that were not so aerobatic still were in with a chance. Frenchwoman Victoria Camilieri-Asch, a marine biology student had her mind set on winning only one category – Swing-a-Bomb.
“I told all my family and friends that I would win this category”, said Victoria, who even wore a full wetsuit break the water before plunging in.
Red Bull Rope Swing was made up of the following categories:
Swing-a-Long – the best aerial acrobatics
WINNER: Dope Ropers – Phillip Kismartoni, Luke Campbell & Joel Pocklington
Swing-a-Bomb – the most water dispersed by an individual
WINNER: Bloody Frogman – Victoria Camilieri-Asch
Swing-a-Bloop – the biggest blooper where things went pear shaped
WINNER: Red Bellies – Elsa Lilford & Liana Lilford
Create-a-Swing – the most creative performance
WINNER: Bumbles of Fun – Clare Hambridge, Renee Kubala, Madeline Franklin & Marianne Whittenburg
And the coveted title of:
King of the Swing – best overall performance
WINNER: Double Pock – Dion Pocklington & Ben Pocklington
Winners shared in a total prize pool of $1,500.