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Boost, loop, foil and surf with Jalou Langeree, Jesse Richman and Nick Jacobsen.

Watch North team riding in perfect conditions in the heart of the Philippines.

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Jesse Richman claims his second Red Bull King of the Air crown

The nuggety Hawaiian out-classed past champions Nick Jacobsen (DEN) and Aaron Hadlow (UK) to win a tightly-contested final at Kite Beach in Blouberg.

It was a ‘day of days’ at Kite Beach in Cape Town, with the world’s finest big air kiteboard specialists pushing the limits. When the final siren went after 34 heats and some seven hours of competition Hawaiian Jesse Richman ascended to the top step. His second victory since first claiming the coveted African Mask ‘crown’ in 2013.

“This feels incredible!” He was characteristically ecstatic. “This is magical and it is amazing to have my new born daughter here and share it with this crowd,” he said.

Richman was runner up to three-time champ, Kevin Langeree in 2019 and learnt from that and other lesser podium visits. “I’ve had really good heats leading up to the finals in many years and usually kind of crack in the final, having peaked too early,” he added. Ironically it was Richman who halted the defending champ’s run in the quarter finals this year.

The Cape Doctor was in the house all day long

“So this year I adjusted a few things and was really confident in my plan and my strategy. It was really cool to see it play out.”

Sportive Director Sergio Cantagalli echoed Richman’s sentiments on the day. “We managed to score the perfect day. It was arguably the best day we were going to get during the weather window. It is very unusual that we could start so early on in the day and have consistent conditions throughout.”

Jesse Richman

While it was Richman’s second title, in keeping with the constant innovation of the event, it was a year of firsts at Red Bull King of the Air, featuring a new qualification and event format. Rounds 1 and 2 (which were made up of video entry winners, wildcards and the four ‘Fly to Red Bull King of the Air’ winners) were completed before lunch time. From there, the top six riders from the 2019 event joined the fray, seeded into Round 3, providing a spectacular day of action for the crowd who lined Kite Beach with the Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain in the background.

Nick Jacobsen was a standout all day

Marc Jacobs (NZ) won the ‘Woo Highest Jump of the Day’, while ‘Mystic Move of the Day’ went to Nick Jacobsen (DEN) for a kite-loop board-off that scored a 9.02 out of a possible 10 in one of the earlier rounds.

Written by Jazz Kuschke

Jesse Richman Drone Edit

Posted: 25th Juli 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Follow Jesse Richman on a super fun session with loads of tricks and jumps, all captured by a drone. Be sure to watch!

Jesse Richman announced he’s leaving Naish team and joining North Kiteboarding.

Read bellow North press release.

North welcomes Jesse Richman to the International Team

North is proud to announce that Jesse Richman is joining North Kiteboarding’s growing team of international riders.

Jesse is one of the best-known and well-rounded figures in kiteboarding. His feats include back to back World Championship wins on the Kiteboard Pro World Tour in 2008 and 2009, winner of King of the Air in 2013 and runner up in 2016, and famously being the first kitesurfer to get barrelled at Jaws.

Mike Raper, Director of Brand at North says ‘it’s truly an honour to have Jesse join North. He’s not only an incredibly talented rider, but also a fantastic individual whose values completely align with the direction we’re heading at North. I’ve personally known Jesse since he was a wee grom at Ka’a Point (aka Kite beach), it’s been great to watch him grow into the inspiration that he now is. We’re very excited to have him on this journey with us.”

Jesse will be joining close friend and North Team Manager, Nick Jacobsen on the international team. This is something the two athletes have been working towards for over twelve years. He is a fantastic addition to the strong and growing team of North riders, each who are committed to making kiteboarding a more visible and accessible sport.

Jesse says, “My wild journey with a kite has led me to this moment; a transformative time in the sport where anything can happen. The industry is filled with amazing riders, great companies and a worldwide community of inspiring kiteboarding enthusiasts. I want to push the limits of the sport and blow through any perceived boundaries that we have. It’s kismet and it’s exhilarating to be a part of a team with which I am so well-aligned on this mission. North is on a trajectory like no other brand has been on before, the team is a star-studded cast; to get in on this action is a dream come true.”

Jesse was born and raised in Maui, where he developed a strong connection to the ocean. He started surfing and windsurfing, then discovered kiteboarding at the age of 9. He has devoted 15 years of his life to the sport and is constantly looking for ways to push both his own limits and that of the sport.

Jesse will be one of the select few athletes in the world to receive a set of North prototype kites ahead of North Kiteboarding’s official launch in August, 2019.


Jesse Richman is: Friends with Fear

Posted: 18th Oktober 2018 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Watch Jesse Richman’s interview “Friends with Fear”!

In this video Jesse Richman explains in detail about how he’s learned through experience and hard work to become friends with fear. It covers topics such as the flow state, kiting at Nazarre, paddling Jaws and competing at The King of the Air.

The first Air Games winners take the stage in Tarifa on the final day of the Jeep Tarifa Pro.

The first order of Sunday business, the last day of the Jeep Tarifa Pro, was to complete the women’s KSWT strapless freestyle contest. Local specialist Carla Herrera Oria had stamped her authority on the discipline with the win over a stoked Johanna Catarina from Sweden and Charlotte Carpentier from France.

This pure strapless freestyle discipline (rather than wave riding, which this tour also incorporates) is yet to fully blossom for the women and this was the first time that enough women had registered for a pure strapless freestyle event for them to have their own ladder, which was great to see! Carla managed to land a board-off, a one footer, an air reverse, a back roll foot switch combination and some good big airs as well.


The GKA Kiteboarding World Tour Air Games hasn’t had the easiest start since inception this year. The first event at the Mondial du Vent in Leucate had no wind; the first time that event at that spot in France hasn’t had wind in 20 years! This week Tarifa kept us waiting until the sixth and final day of the Jeep Tarifa Pro to truly deliver for the Air Games!

Jesse mid kite loop double half-cab

Two short afternoon sessions in the week had brought us almost to the semi final stages of the men’s single elimination, but the women were yet to hit the water for the first time.

The Air Games format requires riders to complete tricks in three categories: big air (can include board-offs), handle-passes and kite loops and an added element of excitement certainly came from the moments that the riders decided that they’d done enough in the handle-pass and kite loop categories and that it was time to come in, change up a kite size and switch board for one with foot straps rather than boots. Calling their support teams into a frantic hustle of action on the shoreline, the crowd seemed to feed off this obvious extra tactical layer.

Hannah Whiteley

All 11 girls absolutely rocked it today in different ways. Their different approaches were appreciated by all, from the big air spins, loops and board-offs of Angely Bouillot and Bibiana Magaji, to the fantastic all round performances of French rippers Maureen Castelle and Pauline Valesa. However they weren’t able to reach the final stages such was the calibre of the top four at this event.

Mikaili mid double front roll board-off

Ably assisted by her training coach Fabio Ingrosso (who also coaches men’s second place finisher Maxime Chabloz) Mikaili Sol (just 13 years old!) absolutely nailed her heat structure. She said afterwards, “When I realised early on that the tricks I’d chosen for each category were scoring highly, I stuck with those in each heat and just tried to go bigger and bigger with them. I did an S-mobe handle-pass, a double front board off and a boogie loop.”

Coach Fabio Ingrosso could be seen gently gesturing to her each time she approached shore to stay calm. He later said, “I told Mikaili, ‘You’re only 13, you have nothing to prove, but if we get a top four finish then that’s already fantastic.’ We practice this sort of game of kite during training when I tell her to go out and do big spins, so she really enjoyed this event.”


Hannah Whitely is a fearsome competitor and her outwardly beaming personality belies a passionate competitive drive. A three time British Freestyle Champion in the past, she combined accomplished and relatively big board-offs with her command of new school drive.

Pippa van Iersel

If Dutch 18 year-old Pippa van Iersel hadn’t drawn Mikaili Sol in the semi final, she would have been a real contender for top spot today. Her wakestyle power is incredible with huge pop and a low kite and when she landed her 313s today with speed, all the guys were giving her credit. Her kite loops were also the biggest in the women’s division and we’re looking forward to seeing what she can really do when the wind further picks up!


When Nicolas Delmas and Maxime Chabloz both unleashed massive kite loop front blind mobe attempts merely 20 yards from the shore with the first 20 seconds of their heat, it was clear that the boys had built up a lot of anticipation as they’d been made to wait two days to complete their last heat of round four.

17 year-old Swiss Maxime Chabloz, new school power

An intense battle between two well matched new school riders, the first half of their heat delivered the ultimate in powered freestyle and the excitement only grew when each came in to the beach during the final minutes to quickly change boards, but neither had left enough time to actually land a board-off! So it was Maxime who was adjudged to have done enough, carried through by a kite loop 7 where Nicolas had only managed a 3.

Posito Martinez

On his way to winning the competition Jesse Richman overcame Dominican CrazyFly sponsored rider, Posito Martinez, who has hugely impressed this week with a natural flair for combining technicality with a seemingly better gear set up for going big in lighter winds. However when it came to absolutely nailing big scoring and fresh moves in each category at key moments, Jesse’s vast experience saw him through. When he failed once at a trick, the Hawaiian came straight back and nailed the same trick on his second attempt; not only cleanly, but even bigger to be sure.

Carlos Mario

Carlos Mario is widely hailed as the most natural new school freestyle rider on the planet and is the most recent WKL pure freestyle World Champion. His absolute speed, power and seeming faultless ability to naturally add double handle-pass combinations to both the kite loop and handle-pass categories, he also gains huge amplitude and arguably goes as high in powered freestyle as he does when some other riders are sending basic big jumps. However, not all his landings were the cleanest today and his adaptation to board-offs was the weakest of the top riders. But it won’t take him long to adjust and it’s highly likely that with some focus he’ll be able to apply some radical innovation.


It was important to get the Air Games off to a good start at this the second event, to give the riders and public a really positive experience, to iron out the format with rider’s meetings this week… and with the fuse now lit we look forward to round three which starts in just a matter of days in Cabarete, Dominican Republic on the 9th July!

Jesse Richman and Mikaili Sol may have set the standard and delivered the Tarifan crowds a real show with wow factor, but the pack have now bought into the game. They also now have eight days to train for this new format before round three, which could be enough to catch up!



1: Airton Cozzolino (CV / ITA)
2: Matchu Lopes (CV / SPN)
3: Mitu Monteiro (CV)
4: Jan Marcos Riveras (DR / SPN)


1: Carla Herrera Oria (SPN)
2: Johanna Catharina (SE)
3: Charlotte Carpentier (FR)
4: Bianca Anna Eindhoven (NL)


1: Jesse Richman (USA)
2: Maxime Chabloz (CH)
3: Carlos Mario (BR)
4: Posito Martinez (DR)


1: Mikaili Sol (BR)
2: Hannah Whiteley (UK)
3: Pippa Van Iersel (NL)
4: Gina Bihn (DE)


These first Air Games results set the season rankings as this is the first event with a result.

On the Kite-Surf World Tour, Airton Cozzolino still leads the men’s tour, but Matchu Lopes has moved up to third overall while Keahi de Abotiz’s suprisingly early exit from the single eliminations sees him slip to fifth:

KSWT MEN 2018:

1 Airton Cozzolino – 8367 points
2 Mitu Monteiro – 8037
3 Matchu Lopes – 7971
4 Jan Marcos Riveras – 7872
5 Keahi de Aboitiz – 7740

Her win in Tarifa has seen Carla Herrera Oria take advantage of the absence of Moona Whyte and Jalou Langeree to take the lead (before one season discard):


1 Carla Herrera Oria – 8103
2 Charlotte Carpentier – 7641
3 Moona Whyte – 6267
4 Jalou Langeree – 6234
5 Ines Correia – 6069

Report: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Toby Bromwich

Wow! Watch Jesse Richman throwing a kite loop double half-cab at the Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018!

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

Check out the full story of the KiteFest Argentina 2018, with the presence of Ruben Lenten, Jesse Richman and Tom Hebert!

Ruben Lenten, Jesse Richman and Tom Hebert traveled to Argentina for the epic event, the KiteFest Argentina. Check out the teaser of what went down there! The full story is coming soon, so stay tuned!