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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.

The newest episode of Kevin Langeree’s vlog is about the King of the Air, the most prestigious big air kiteboarding event which he won earlier this year. Recap the highlights of the 2018 edition and enjoy the episode!

Jesse Richman shows us why the 2018 Red Bull King of The Air was the event of the year.

Watch some of the highlights of Kevin Langeree’s performance at Kite Beach, during the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air!

Watch the highlights from Day One at Kite Beach, Blouberg, Cape Town.

The South-easterly explained.

To get big air, you need big wind. Simple really.

“There is not a minimum limit of wind speed needed to give a ‘go’ to the event,” explains Sergio. Rather what the team look for are suitable and sustainable conditions in which to start the event. The call is to be made by the contest director, Olaf van Tol.

“Ideally – and unless straggled for unexpected reasons – we will hardly consider any wind below an average of 25 knots (46km/h) to start with, and with a forecast to rise to 35 to 37 knots (65 – 69km/h), if not more,” he says.

According to Sergio, the ideal wind direction for Kite Beach is the proverbial ‘Cape Doctor’ south-easterly.

“The prevailing weather in summer comprises the South Atlantic High pressure system sitting a lot more south,” explains weather guru, professional surf forecaster and founder of Wavescape.co.za, Steve ‘Spike’ Pike.

“Cape Town is situated along the eastern edge of this anti-cyclonic system. Simplistically, the counter-clockwise flow around the High forms the basis for the summer southeast trade wind that blows during summer. The dry, denser air that creates the High pressure also means sunny, dry weather.”

To radically paraphrase the climatology – warm, sunny days and consistent winds. Strong winds:

“The interplay between areas of high and low atmospheric pressure form the basis for ocean weather patterns. High pressure (above 1013mb) comprises cool dry air that is sinking (creature more pressure on the sea surface). The air around High pressure moves counter-clockwise. Low pressure (below 1013 mb) is warm air that is rising. Air around the Low moves clockwise. Air moves from High pressure towards Low pressure (to replace the rising air) and this creates wind. As the land heats up, more air is rising off the land and the pressure gradient between the two increases, making the air flow faster, and therefore the wind stronger, which is why the SE is often at its strongest in the afternoon.”

The west coast section of Cape Town – from Milnerton, up past Table View, Big Bay and beyond – runs in a similar direction to the southeast wind, meaning the winds are blowing across the beach, not onshore or offshore. “This means that the riders can tap the wind back and forth parallel to shore, riding across the nearshore surf line,” Spike says.

This also means they can power up along the wave face for long periods of time, creating epic wave-riding opportunities. “Unlike most European countries, which go totally flat for months in their summer season, South Africa has plenty of swell during summer.”

Well there you go, now you know why you’ll hear more German and Dutch than Afrikaans on the Weskus this summer.

Watch the video highlights of the Dutch Championship Big Air Kitesurfing 2017 held in Castricum aan Zee, the Netherlands.

Podium:
Men:
1: Dylan van der Meij
2: Jerrie van de Kop
3: Yusca Balogh

Women:
1: Mariska Wildenberg
2: Lidewei Lamsma
3: Dafne Dijkman

Dutch rider Steven Akkersdijk ended up getting 4th place in the 2017 edition of the awesome King of The Air event. Watch his little clip shot in Big Bay beach!

Filming: Leon Nobels and Jop Heemskerk
Thumbnail: Jan-Dirk Ruhser
Song: A Tribe Called RED – R.E.D.

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Lack of wind sees round one get underway, but postponed after just a few minutes.

Round one of Red Bull King of the Air got underway at Big Bay on Tuesday, 31 January.

The first heat of the non-elimination round started at 19:30 when the Southeasterly eventually showed its true colours and gusted to over 25-knots – conditions needed in which to run an extreme big-air contest such as Red Bull King of the Air.

Oswald Smith, Gijs Wassenaar and Lewis Crathern played guinea pigs of sorts as they tested the conditions into the Cape Town sunset. The riders managed to make the most of the conditions and dropped a few medium-sized moves over the ramps on offer by the one-metre swell.

Some five minutes into the heat however the organisers made the call to nullify the result and call-off the heat as the conditions did not provide enough opportunity in which to perform.

Conditions simply weren’t as epic as we had hoped for on the day,” commented Sportive Director, Sergio Cantagalli afterward. “It’s a big air contest, not a freestyle event, and the wind as it was today just did’t offer the riders the opportunity to put on a big performance. To have kept them out just wouldn’t have been fair,” he concluded.

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Looking at the current forecast, winds look favorable for there to be a real ‘King of The Air’ day on Thursday 2 February.

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Last season was a big year for the King of the Air, some big jumps and even bigger crashes. Watch here what riders such as Tom Hebert, Aaron Hadlow and Lasse Walker have to say about this extreme event, where they all push the limits of performance!