"Wind Games" 2016: May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

Jan 26, 2016 By Hannah Austin

What you are about to see looks incredibly futuristic, but in Empuriabrava, Spain? It’s just another day in the life at Windoor Realfly. The 14-foot wind tower, located in the middle of a stunning restaurant and bar, is typically open to the general public. Thousands of visitors come from around the world to visit the local beaches and try “flying” for themselves. Once a year, however, Windoor is taken over by professional “flyers,” competing in the annual “Wind Games.” 2016 marks year three of the games, and as you’ll see, the phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down.

While the sport has been compared to “indoor skydiving,” even that description does not do it justice.  The tunnel works by generating adjustable flows of vertical air, which lift and drop participants as they are supervised by instructors. Most of us would probably flail around with a severe lack of grace, but the professional flyers? They combine music, dance and flawless timing to create a performance that is unlike anything we have ever seen before.

If you can’t exactly make it to Spain anytime soon, check out the list of wind tunnels around the world here. There are several in the U.S., but be warned – it’s going to cost you some serious cash. Just 5 minutes in a wind tunnel costs an average of $100, while a full hour will set you back close to $1,000. That’s a serious amount of money for a short period of time, but after seeing this video, I can’t help but think it would be worth every penny. 

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