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The five best tricks from Red Bull King of the Air

From a day of days it was almost impossible to whittle it down to five moves. These got the nod: Below is the breakdown (from the official Red Bull King of the Air rulebook) of what the judges scored on under the two catagories: Extreme Big Air and Overall Impression…According to this, these were your top five best airs of the 2016 event. 30% Height Go as hard and high as possible. The height in combination with extreme moves is priority, but we will also take the horizontal distance travelled in account combined with certain moves (megaloops etc.) 30% Extreme Controlled extreme high moves. Think about extremely powered and or extremely technical, or ultimately a combination of this. (innovate, take risks, high speed in- and out of the trick, wow-factor, loops etc.) 20% Style & execution Smooth landings, no dangling, tweaks, grabs, angle of the kite, ‘perform-a-show’, ‘be in control (throughout the trick)’. 20% Variation Variation within the three best EXTREME BIG AIR moves. Be a ‘complete’ rider, showing the same move or a variation of it on both tacks. Or show that you can perform total different moves on a high level. (megaloops / big air board offs / …


Aaron Hadlow keeps the throne

Epic conditions at Big Bay as the Englishman claims second straight Red Bull King of the Air title. It was a game of thrones of sorts in the final of Red Bull King of the Air 2016, as the 2015 defending champ, Aaron Hadlow out-gunned previous champions, Hawaiian Jesse Richman (2013); Kevin Langeree from the Netherlands (2014) and first-time finalist Reno Remeu to claim back-to-back wins. The elements at Cape Town’s Big Bay rose to the occasion too – the fourth time this extreme big air kiting contest has been held here – with solid swell (four- to six-foot) and howling Southeasterly winds offering classic ramps for the riders to perform on. Romeu showed a lot of heart but was flagged-out first and it was left to the three previous champions to battle it out. Their contrasting styles showed throughout the day, but nowhere more so than when it was all on the line in the final – the clinically technical Hadlow vs the stylishly polished and consistent Langeree vs Richman with his gung-hu, all-or-nothing approach. “There is no better way for me to start the year,” Hadlow commented afterward. “The energy from the beach was just insane – there …


Countdown to Red Bull King of the Air 2016

The weather window opens this Saturday 30 January – stay tuned for the hottest big-air kite action. The window period for Red Bull King of the Air opens this Saturday, 30 January 2016. The event – widely considered the most extreme big-air kiteboarding competition in the world – will see 24 athletes meet at Bloubergstrand’s Big Bay, to battle it out for the illustrious title. With its origin in Maui, Hawaii in the early 2000’s, the competition first made its way to South African shores in 2013. The predominant Southeasterly wind, most prevalent during the county’s summer months, blowing at speeds in excess of 25 knots allows the perfect opportunity for big boosts and megaloops. The event has also made an impact on the local kiting scene and youngsters like South African freestyle kiteboarding champion, Oswald Smith, are eager to make a name for themselves amongst the most recognisable faces in kiteboarding. Smith, who returns to the competition after missing the event in 2015 due to a shoulder injury has been training hard ahead of the event: “Having guys like defending champ Aaron Hadlow (GBR) and 2013 champ Jesse Richman (USA) come back year-after year, really has gotten the local …


Red Bull King of the Air 2016 – Riders announced

These are the world’s best big air kiteboarders who will compete for the title of King of the Air. Every year Cape Town and her prolific South-Easter plays host the world’s best kiteboarders. For the past three 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 30th of January and 14 February – an epic list of riders has been announced to compete for the 2016 title. Back to defend his title, will be Aaron Hadlow (GBR). “I only really prepare once I am here in Cape Town,” explains Hadlow of the unique format of the event. “I use the extremely windy days to test equipment and get back into the swing of things, once January comes around I focus on it a bit more during the weeks leading up to the event.” “It is all about time on the water and confidence in the strong winds. On top of that I will spend some time strengthening my body at the gym.” Hadlow has spent the year since his …

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