The Wild Sushi: Red Bull Flugtag Vancouver 2006

Sushi Gone Wild Fame

Posted in The Event: Flugtag Vancouver by adrienne on the August 25th, 2006

This post contains interviews, videos, photos and mentions that Sushi Gone Wild received over the course of the 2006 Vancouver Flugtag experience. Please note that I will remove any media articles/videos if requested.

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Flight of The Wild Sushi

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L’esprit de Flugtag

Posted in The Event: Flugtag Vancouver by adrienne on the August 24th, 2006

What’s a contest without results?  Here’s how the hardware was handed out at Canada’s first Red Bull Flugtag event:

Grand prize: The Big Shooter
Second prize: Pirates of False Creek
Third prize: Spadflyer
Farthest flight: The Big Shooter
People’s choice: Ballerz Club Ghetto Club
(Click here for the official Flugtag Vancouver results)

The Big Shooter flew to a North American Flugtag record of 86-feet (which is still a lot less than the world Flugtag record of 195-feet).  What’s mind-boggling is how much money was spent on The Big Shooter: $100,000.  That’s $1163/foot flown.  (Compare that to The Wild Sushi: $400/20-feet = $20/foot flown).  Considering that the prize money was only $7500, let’s hope that the remaining $92,500 bought a lot of pride.

Anyway, one of the best things about being a part of the Flugtag experience is what I’ll call l’esprit de Flugtag – the mutual admiration the teams had for each other’s handiwork, creativity, and ability to work duct tape.

The best way to capture l’esprit de Flugtag is through photos:

Back to the Flugtag's DeLorean
Leonard is no Marty McFly.  (Back to the Flugtag)

Pirates of False Creek
Arrrr!  (Pirates of False Creek)

Poutine Wagon
Mmmm.  Poutine Wagon and Sushi Gone Wild like to think about the same things.

Air Guitar
Sushi Gone Wild plays Air Guitar.

Grease Flightening
Summer Nights were hot with Grease Flightening.

Egg Man
Egg Man incubates with the help of the Blow Tronic (Suicide Blonde) in the background.

Red Bull girls with Sushi Gone Wild
The Red Bull girls pose with Sushi Gone Wild.  (Had to post Leonard’s favourite photo).

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Get Your Motor Runnin’

Posted in The Event: Flugtag Vancouver by adrienne on the August 23rd, 2006

At 1:45pm on Saturday, August 19, 2006, on the Red Bull Flugtag flight deck in False Creek in Vancouver, it was Sushi Gone Wild’s time to give’er.  In the span of 3 minutes, everything Sushi Gone Wild had worked towards for two months came to an end with a glorious second of flight.

Down the ramp goes The Wild Sushi
The 300 lb Wild Sushi needed a little help going down the ramp to the flight deck.

The first thing that all teams did when it was their turn to take the stage was to talk to the MCs, MuchMusic VJ Matte Babel and The Beat‘s Nira Arora.  Pilot Elizabeth Shrimp did the talking (and was très fab!), while the rest of the team hurriedly set up the props – the stool, chopsticks, and chopsticks rest.  Katherine Wasabi also put her cat-like reflexes to use when she held back The Wild Sushi from prematurely rolling into the Creek!

The Wild Sushi on deck, in place for take-off
Katherine was constantly distracted by fans who screamed, “WASABI!”

Before we knew it (really!), our arrangement of the song Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf) started and off we went.  (Born to be Wild ~ Wild Sushi ~ Sushi Gone Wild.  Get it?  Clever, no?).  Sushi Gone Wild used our minute-long skit to the max as we strutted our bulky stuff for the crowd and judges – one of whom was apparently Brendan Morrison, currently of the Vancouver Canucks.

Our skit was an umm…interpretive dance about an independent shrimp who was “looking for adventure” and found it in the wrong place.  The shrimp had thought that the cool soy sauce, wasabi and sushi rolls were having a rad time ‘soul training’.  But she was sadly mistaken, as she was forced by the others to take the plunge on The Wild Sushi.  There’s a life lesson in there somewhere for kids, I think.

Sushi Gone Wild skit
Sushi Gone Wild prepares to ‘soul train’ for the masses.

When the music gave the final bellow of “Booornnn to beeee wiiild”, a salmon roll, soy sauce bottle, wasabi and avacado roll frantically pushed a shrimp and The Wild Sushi off a pier.  That moment of flight was fantabulous – the lift…the splash…the floating.  Watching that perfectly round circle merrily drift atop False Creek was an image Sushi Gone Wild won’t forget; it brought the brilliant ridiculousness of the event to a tranquil close.

Photo courtesy of pokedyoureyeout on Flickr
Sushi – meet Creek.  Photo courtesy of pokedyoureyeout on Flickr.

Suddenly, there was booing!  Apparently the masses were disappointed in how the rest of the team hadn’t taken the plunge.  Leonard, however, swears they were saying Boo-urns.  I didn’t mind the booing much – I mean, how many people can say they’ve been booed by a crowd of 30,000?  Heck, even Brendan Morrison gets booed live by only 18,000 people on any given game night.

Anyway, Sushi Gone Wild is wildly happy to report that Pilot Elizabeth is in one piece, after having recovered from belly-flopping upon impact on The Wild Sushi.  And for those who care about such things, The Wild Sushi officially flew 20-feet.  Not too shabby!

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Pre-Flight Preparations

Posted in The Event: Flugtag Vancouver by adrienne on the August 22nd, 2006

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Friday was supposed to be set-up day for all the teams, but Sushi Gone Wild got to set up on Thursday night because we were going to be on Citytv’s Breakfast Television on Friday morning!  At 7am!  7am…

Setting up the sushi was quite the rush, even with the extra forces (ie. available family members) that we called in for help.  Much yelling and stressing ensued that night as we tried to get The Wild Sushi to look TV-ready.  There was a lot of frantic shouting from our team that must’ve entertained the Red Bull production crew: “Get me a nut that fits!”, “I need a screw here!”, “Glue it!”, “Zip it down!”, etc.

Friday, August 18, 2006: Set-up Day 

Sushi Gone Wild was back on-site at False Creek bright and early (6:30am!) as we continued to prettify The Wild Sushi for its TV debut.  Since the team had called in sick to our bosses, we hope that they weren’t watching our live TV interview with Breakfast Television’s Tasha Chiu!  Five other teams were interviewed that morning, as well: Egg Man, The Blue Collar Bomber, Pirates of False Creek, Free Moustache Rides & Ballerz Club Ghetto Club.

The rest of Friday was spent putting yet more finishing touches on The Wild Sushi, watching the other teams set-up, doing more media interviews, and relaxing at the BBQ.

Pilot Elizabeth poses on her aircraft, The Wild Sushi
The Wild Sushi looked delightfully fluffy in front of pillow-like BC Place.

A view of The Wild Sushi from the top of the bleachers
The Wild Sushi looked tasty to The Butterfly team.

Red Bull gives you wiiings!
Planes!  Lest we forget that Flugtag is a flying contest…
Empty Red Bull Flugtag flight deck facing Science World
Not many people get to be on an empty Flugtag flight deck.

Empty Red Bull Flugtag flight deck facing the bleachers
Sushi Gone Wild would leave their mark on this deck on Saturday.

Saturday, August 19, 2006: Event Day

It was another gorgeous day to be at False Creek – Red Bull really lucked out on the weather.

Sushi Gone Wild started Event Day by blowing up more red balloons as roe on The Wild Sushi and as stuffing inside of Jenny’s and Katherine’s soy sauce and wasabi costumes.

The doors opened to the public at noon.  This was Sushi Gone Wild’s cue to work it for the crowds in our hangar.

Sushi Gone Wild in costumes

Left to right: Leonard as an avocado roll, Katherine as wasabi, Jenny as a soy sauce bottle, Elizabeth as a shrimp, & Adrienne as a salmon roll

We handed out some red helium balloons to people (read: cute kids) who stopped by our hangar in an effort to bribe SMS votes for us!

At 2pm, it was time for the teams to get in parade formation.  Sushi Gone Wild was #11 in line for take-off. 

Pretty soon, it was time for us to be on deck…

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Wild Thing…I think I love you

Posted in The Event: Flugtag Vancouver by adrienne on the August 21st, 2006

It’s over!  The Wild Sushi was dunked into, devoured by and digested through False Creek on Saturday.

The Red Bull Flugtag Vancouver experience was fantastic – I’ll post photos, videos and thoughts when I get a chance.

If you would like to contact Sushi Gone Wild, you can email us at

In the meantime, click here for photos of Sushi Gone Wild’s flight as well as the other teams’, courtesy of Sasquatch Dance Club on Flickr.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us!

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