The countdown to this year’s Red Bull King of the Air has started and currently the weather conditions are looking favorable for the window period.

There are a few changes in the line-up for this year’s event:

Marc Jacobs (NZL) is no longer able compete and has been replaced by Stuart Downey (RSA).

Although hopeful that his luck would turn in the last couple of weeks, 2013’s Red Bull King of the Air Champion Jesse Richman (USA) unfortunately is injured and will be replaced by Graham Howes (RSA).

Japan 2017

Posted: 16th Januar 2017 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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In 2017, Tsukuihama beach, in Yokosuka city will play host to the Fly! ANA Windsurfing World Cup. The finest Slalom sailors from around the globe will congregate in Japan from the 11th to 16th May to continue their quest to secure the title of Professional Slalom World Champion.

Despite its valued position in the windsurfing world, there has not been a PWA World Tour Event in Japan since the early nineties. But Japan’s love affair with windsurfing has not been lost and, now, thanks to the support of ANA, Keikyu Corporation and Yokosuka City, Pro Windsurfing will take its rightful place on the shores of Honshu once again.

The event was the brainchild of dedicated windsurfer and ANA pilot, Taro Fujimoto, and the project quickly captured the imagination of all involved. 

Yuto Yoshida – Mayor Yokosuka City

“I am very pleased to have the “Fly!ANA Windsurfing World Cup YOKOSUKA Japan” be held next year. Yokosuka is a city with a warm climate that is home to the beautiful scenery of blue sea and an abundance of nature. Yokosuka’s Tsukuihama Beach is also fortunate to have stable sideshore winds. I am extremely excited to be able to see the world’s top athletes perform in Yokosuka, and I look forward to meeting everyone.”

Jimmy Diaz – PWA Chairman

“Japan has always been an important nation in windsurfing and is a valuable part of the global market. We have been lucky enough to enjoy the company of some of the Japanese athletes who have competed on tour over the years so we are very happy to visit them in their home nation and bring the highest level off the sport back to Japan after what has been far too long a break. We are grateful to ANA, Keikyu Corporation and the city of Yokosuka, as well as all the people who have worked to make this event a reality. We hope this will be the first of many visits to Japan by the PWA Tour!”

Further event details and the full 2017 PWA Calendar will be released soon.

Here’s the Episode 23 with a five minutes action wrap-up of 2016 championship. Watch how the wave, freestyle, foiling and speed championships reached their climaxes in 2016. And more, about Lewis Crathern breaking the UK boosting record and about the upcoming King of The Air.

These are the world’s 18 best big-air kiteboarders who will compete for the illustrious title.

Every year Cape Town and her prolific South-Easter plays host the world’s best kiteboarders. For the past four years, they have competed in what is largely considered to be the pinnacle of big air kiteboarding, Red Bull King of the Air.

With the competition – due to take place at Big Bay on the windiest day between the 21st of January and 5th of February – an epic list of riders has been announced to compete for the 2017 title.

Back once again and in the hunt for an unprecedented hat trick, will be Aaron Hadlow (GBR).

The crowd and fans makes this event,” said the two-time defending champ. “It feels like the whole kiteboarding community is watching and excited about it.”
“So many people are interested and in the past two years I have gained so much following and exposure from the wins, that really showed me just how big the event has become.

Hadlow won’t have it all his own way in 2017 however, with past champs Jesse Richman (USA) and Kevin Langeree (NED), both finalists in 2016, also back once again.

The 2017 event will also see a new ‘compact’ format. This will see all 12 top ranked from the previous edition along with the best four video contest entrants, as well as two wildcards. Perhaps the biggest news, is the return of crowd favourite and big-air maestro, Ruben Lenten, as one of the wildcards.

I’m so excited to be able to ride and compete again,” the Dutch hero said. “Getting second in 2014, dislocating my hand in 2015 and cancer in 2016 … I think it might be my time to shine again. I’ve got my eyes on the crown but know it ain’t gonna be easy.

Other riders who will be making a welcome return are Lasse Walker and Lewis Crathern, both of who spent time in hospital after bad crashes during the 2016 event. The South African contingent will be made up of Andries Fourie, who finished sixth in 2016, as well as video entrants Oswald Smith and Ryan Sygelberg.

For more information, head over to redbullkingoftheair.com.

Full 2017 rider list:
Aaron Hadlow (UK); Jesse Richman (USA); Kevin Langeree (NL); Reno Romeu (BRA); Lasse Walker (NL); Andries Fourie (RSA); Marc Jacobs (NZ); Lewis Crathern (UK); Jerrie van de Kop (NL); Tom Hebert (FRA); Williem van der Meij (NL); Gijs Wassenaar (NL); Ruben Lenten (NL); Nick Jacobsen (DK); Steven Akkersdiik (NL); Oswald Smith (RSA); Petreau Aurelien (FRA); Ryan Siegelberg (RSA)

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Posted: 16th Januar 2017 by Kitemovement in Allgemein
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Wrap up video of Aaron Kenny’s two week journey in Western Australia. Pain, thrill and enjoyment, all in a 2 minutes video filmed in Safety Bay! Watch it and enjoy.

The countdown started for the 2017 King of The Air! The window period will be from 21 January to 5 February. Let’s hear from the top three riders, Aaron Hadlow, Kevin Langeree and Jesse Richman, all of whom have won the event before, to get their take on how the event played out, and how it should be nurtured for the future.

After the loss of someone close with cancer, Cedric Tassier created a charity project Kite4Cancer. He decided to do a Kitesurf Iron Man riding 600km downwind in Brazil. In 6 days he crossed 3 Brazilian states, sailing from Taiba to Atins. It was a unique lifetime experience!

During my childhood, I had the opportunity to grow-up on a sailing boat on a trip all around the world with my family. Since this exclusive experience I have learned how much life is unique and how important it is to push our limits to make the best of our lives. Last year my beloved Candice had to face the fight against the cancer of the remarkable Carl Hemingway. It reminds us how precious health and life are. In november 2016 I challenged myself in accomplishing an Iron Man of 600Km on the water with my kitesurf by crossing 3 Brazilian states. I tried to make this possible and to push my own limits for a good cause.

If like us, you don’t want to stop the fight against cancer please support it by any donation that will go to “the French League against cancer”. The target is to collect $10 per km.“”

Jalou ‘S tories #8 Windy

Posted: 14th Januar 2017 by Kitemovement in Allgemein
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These days it’s been too windy in Cape Town. Watch Jalou Langeree flying in her 8th episode of Jalou ‘S tories!

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Watch Bjørn Stien riding with gusty winds in the cold water of the Arctic! Enjoy.

Victoria Soloveykina presents her new video series Basic Kiteboarding Skills. The first video is “Trainer kite”, which will help beginners to understand basics principles and theory of kiting. Watch it and stay tuned for more tutorials!

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