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The Red Bulletin

June/July 2021
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The Red Bulletin brings you inside the Beyond the Ordinary world of Red Bull through breathtaking photography and captivating stories about adventure, sports, music, culture, technology, and innovation.

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United States
Red Bull Media House, NA
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
squad goals

There are many ingredients to success, but one that arguably doesn’t get discussed enough is community, the way that people feed on the energy of friends or collaborators to reach their full potential. Consider our cover story, “Double Quick” (page 26), which profiles elite sprinters from Houston, Cameron Burrell and Elijah Hall. These two young men have been training and racing together since they were kids, and their bonds and shared goals have helped propel them toward greatness. Other stories in this issue explore the value of teamwork. Like “Pop Stars” (page 50), a look at the Bike Life scene in New York, where self-expression is a communal culture. Or “Breaking Ground” (page 38), a history of competitive breaking that highlights how crews transformed an art form in an atmosphere of…

1 min.
contributors this issue

MAURICE BOBB Bobb ran track in high school—“it began as a filler after basketball”—but was drawn to the drama of the sprints. Fittingly, he got to profile Cameron Burrell and Elijah Hall as they try to book a trip to Tokyo. The Houston-based writer has written for Rolling Stone, Slam and Bleacher Report. Page 26 MARZ LOVEJOY The former New Yorker, now based in Copenhagen, had some direct questions before agreeing to cover Bike Life culture. “It is imperative that Black, brown and other marginalized people tell our stories our way,” says Lovejoy, who has self-published a book and written for Office. Page 50 JEFF WEISS “I enjoyed tracing breaking’s connection to hip-hop,” says the author of our survey of competitive breaking. “Both art forms remain intertwined, with each generation reimagining what can be done.”…

3 min.
killer instincts

On an overpass above a bustling street in Los Angeles, Marie “Poppins” Bonnevay, Lily Frias and Inyoung “Dassy” Lee dance in formation. With flawless timing, they take turns freestyling to the bass of Ice Cube’s Cali classic “You Can Do It.” The camera shoots from above, making them appear as if they are literally on top of the world. The video captures the essence of this international dance trio—where their freestyles are as polished as choreography, their choreography is like a secret code, and all of their moves are grounded in their roots as poppers. “You Can Do It” is right. “We somehow click without even talking,” Lee says while rewatching the 2019 video. “We’ve done so many dances together.” For the Los Angeles-based crew, collectively known as Femme Fatale, it all…

4 min.
moving mountains

Jill Wheatley doesn’t like the word “accident.” Instead, she describes the moment her life was altered forever as “when serendipity changed my trail.” It was 2014, and she was teaching sports science at a school just outside of Munich when she was hit on the head by a baseball. Her skull fractured, her brain suffered swelling and bleeding, and damage to her optic nerves left her with just 30 percent vision—her right eye would never open again. In an instant, Wheatley, still in her early 30s, was transformed from an independent “adventurous spirit” to the survivor of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which also triggered an eating disorder that saw her weight plummet dangerously. It would be more than two years before the Ontario-born Wheatley left the hospital to find that…

2 min.
deep cuts

TJ Watt’s latest photo series is a story of two halves. In the first, the nature photographer stands beside the giant ancient cedars of the Caycuse Valley in southern Vancouver Island, Canada, on a clear blue-skied day. The second half tells a darker story. We see Watt posing against the same backdrop, but now the thousand-year-old trees have been cut down to their stumps. The Canadian began his Caycuse Before & After project with one aim: to draw attention to the deforestation of British Columbia’s oldest trees. “You can’t argue with what you’re seeing,” says Watt. “[This is] the destruction of one of the grandest ecosystems on Earth.” An environmental activist and self-proclaimed “big tree hunter,” Watt has been recording the activity of the logging industry in the Caycuse Valley for the past…

1 min.
portrait in dust

Pareidolia is the name given to the imagined perception of patterns, objects or faces where they don’t actually exist. Here we see Anton Shibalov, Dmitrii Nikitin and Ivan Tatarinov tracing the outline of a huge, slumbering dragon during this January’s Dakar Rally. Or could it just be the Russians tearing around Neom—the site of a controversial megacity-building project in Saudi Arabia —in their Team Kamaz Master truck? Whatever the truth of the matter, French photographer Éric Vargiolu was on hand to capture both beasts for posterity. Instagram: @eric_vargiolu…