Posts Tagged ‘2019 King of The Air’

Watch Liam Whaley’s best moments of the 2019 King of The Air, captured through the lens of Julien Leleu.

This is Lewis Crathern’s story about the Red Bull King of the Air 2019.

I have committed my life to the RedBull King of the Air event and I know first hand that competing there is not always plain sailing. I know how it feels to stand on the podium and how it feels to just miss out on the finals. I know how it feels to wake up in hospital not even knowing my result and I know how it feels to exit the event early. Typically we do not promote our bad days, but we cannot hide from them. They make us stronger and they make the highs feel so much better. This is an insight to the lows” says Lewis.

Watch here some of the highlights of what went down at Blouberg’s Kite Beach, in Cape Town, during the famous big air event King of The Air.

Unfortunately Sam Light was out of the competition in Cape Town with a broken rib. For that reason, he had the opportunity to make a behind the scenes video of the King of The Air. Check it out!

Watch Nick Jacobsen and Jessie Richman in action in Cape Town at the 2019 King of The Air. What a show!

Dutchman defends his title in emphatic fashion

Kevin Langeree won a closely-contested three-man final battle at Kite Beach in Cape Town on Wednesday 6 February, to retain his title. This is the Dutchman’s third Red Bull King of the Air win, making him the winningest big air rider on African soil.

Langeree outgunned Hawaiian Jesse Richman (2013 Red Bull King of the Air champ) and Liam Whaley (Spain) in 30-knot ‘Cape Doctor’ conditions during the 13-minute final.


Spoils of war
© Craig Kolesky / Red Bull Content Pool

“To be up here for the third time is amazing,” Langeree commented from the podium. “Sharing it with these amazing riders is just something magical, you know!”

According to Langeree he had no idea of the situation during the final as it was so close. “These guys were killing it – they were going so big!” He said.

“I managed to land a new trick, so I’m stoked,” he concluded. “It think that put me on top.”

Around 9000 people lined Kite Beach to watch the semi-finals and final on the day.

A tale of two days

The first day ran on Thursday 31 January. That day offered near perfect conditions for the world’s 18 best big air kiteboarders to hit the water and take to the skies. Four rounds were run on the day before the call was made to go on hold, when the wind dropped.

Day one, however was not without a few upsets: Crowd favourite and two-time winner, Aaron Hadlow and SA’s Joshua Emmanuel had to retire due to injury in rounds two and four respectively.


Hawaiian Aloha
© Tyrone Bradley / Red Bull Content Pool

“It was the right call to stop on Thursday and come back today,” commented Sportive Director Sergio Cantagalli. “The conditions were epic and each rider had the opportunity to perform properly,” he said. “The guys peaked at the right time and the best man won on the day.”


The crowd loved it
© Tyrone Bradley / Red Bul Content Pool

Jesse Richman took the competition’s ‘Mystic Most Extreme Move’ award with his powered Kung Fu 1080 handlepass, on day one.

Source: Jazz Kuschke / redbull.com/za

The weather window for the Red Bull King of the Air 2019 is open. Stay tuned for the 48HR call!

Read bellow the update from today.

We’re 3 days into our window period for Red Bull King of the Air and conditions are looking promising.
Please see today’s WEATHER REPORT:

Tomorrow morning winds veer to fresh NW before moderating in the afternoon.
On Wednesday winds back and increase again fresh SE.
On Thursday winds increase to near to full gale SE in the afternoon before moderating overnight and increasing again on Friday afternoon near gale SE.
There will be increased long period SW swell on Wednesday and Thursday.

The next potentially encouraging winds are for Thursday/Friday this week therefore the event sportive team has released YELLOW WARNING with a possible call for 31 JAN.

Source: Red Bull

Here is the video entry for the King of The Air 2019 from French girl Angely Bouillot. Enjoy!

Editing: BSD prod