Posts Tagged ‘Red Bull King of the Air’

Watch the highlights of the Red Bull King of the Air 2020, through the lens of Tom Court.

Check here Red Bull’s report.

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

Watch Antonin Rangin and Aurélien Petreau training for the big air event!

Meet the riders who will compete in Cape Town for the Red Bull King of the Air crown.


Top six from 2019 (in seeded order, into Round Three)
Kevin Langeree (NED)
Jesse Richman (USA)
Liam Whaley (ESP)
Nick Jacobsen (DEN)
Lasse Walker (NED)
Aurelien Petreau (FRA)

Fly to Red Bull King of the Air winners (in alphabetical order to Rounds One and Two)
Lewis Crathern (GBR)
Luis Alberto Cruz (DOM)
Stuart Downey (RSA)
Ross-Dillon Player (RSA)

Video entry winners (in alphabetical order to Rounds One and Two)
Steven Akkersdijk (NED)
Angely Bouillot (FRA)
Airton Cozzolino (ITA)
Ryan De Witte (NED)
Joshua Emanuel (RSA)
Janek Grzegorzewsky (POL)
Aaron Hadlow (GBR)
Clemet Huot (FRA)
Marc Jacobs (NZ)
Posito Martinez (DOM)
Antonin Rangin (FRA)
Reno Romeu (BRA)
Oswald Smith (RSA)
Jason van der Spuy (RSA)


Here is Stig Hoefnagel’s KOTA entry. Take a look!

Check out Gijs Wassenaar’s video entry for the qualifier event of the Red Bull King of The Air 2020 in Blouberg, Cape Town.

Shots by: Kyle Cabano (bird eye view media), madic media.

Take a look at Marc Jacobs’ entry for the KOTA 2020.

Watch Graham Howes’ entry for the 2020 edition of the King of The Air.

Video: Fran Vansky
Edit: Marcos Sobreiro

Watch here “Big Air Highlights”, Aaron Hadlow’s video entry for the King of The Air 2020.

Joshua Emanuel wants to be at the King of The Air once again. Here is his video entry for 2020 event!