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Aaron Airs – Episode 1

Aaron Hadlow has a new vlog “Aaron Airs”! In the first episode from Cape Town, Aaron runs through his King of the Air, meets up with photographer Craig Kolesky, chats to Ruben Lenten and lets us know about his new upcoming project. Watch it and stay tuned for the next episodes!


Kevin Langeree Claims Red Bull King Of The Air Title For Second Time

Dutchman Kevin Langeree out-classed Spanish young gun Liam Whaley and Lewis Crathern (UK) to win his second Red Bull King of the Air title at Kite Beach in Blouberg. “Today everything just came together and it’s like a dream come true,” the 2009 World Freestyle Champ and 2014 Red Bull King of the Air winner commented after the final. Langeree, who missed out on the 2017 event due to an injury, is only the second rider ever to have won two King of the Air titles. “To win it again is just a magical feeling,” he said. Rounds One and Two of the competition were completed in good conditions on Saturday 27 January – the first day of the weather window period. Wednesday 31 January offered the world’s best big-air kiteboarders the opportunity to push the limits of their sport when the ‘Cape Doctor’ Southeasterly wind, coupled with a good Southwesterly groundswell, lined up the conditions for the final rounds of action to take place. Langeree, after a hiccup in Round One saw him working hard to advance through all the rounds on both days, peaked in the final against Crathern and Whaley. Whaley was called up as a late …


This local favourite is ready to take on the world’s best big air kiters

See what Josh Emanuel has to say ahead of finals day. After a big start to the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air, with Rounds One and Two completed on Saturday 27 January all the elements seem to be lining up for an epic finals day. Local favourite Joshua Emanuel finished second behind Steven Akkersdijk in their round one encounter and will face fellow Saffa, Oswald Smith and Hawaiian Jesse Richman in the first heat of Round Three when competition resumes. Josh has been on a tear of late, taking out the Red Bull Megaloop Challenge in Holland and topping the Woo height world record table. Here’s what he had to say ahead of the event: “The atmosphere at King of the Air is just something else – when you look back at the beach and you see five to 10 thousand people standing there, it’s pretty amazing. To win it this year you’re going to have to go super high, get your kite super low and just fly on the extreme.” “The Megaloop Challenge was a huge success for me and has motivated me and pushed me a lot further. It has always been a dream for me …


Exciting new venue for Red Bull King of the Air

Extreme big-air kiteboarding contest moves to Kite Beach in Cape Town for 2018. TO KITE BEACH “As the aim of Red Bull king of the Air is to continuously push the level of extreme kiteboarding,” says event Sportive Director, Sergio Cantagalli, “one of the key factors to be considered at an event of this nature is: where to possibly get the most radical and extreme conditions, to give contestants the best opportunity to perform at their limits.” “After several editions at Big Bay, the committee, in consultation with the riders have made the decision to move the contest site to ‘Kite Beach’ in Table view. This is known as the Capetonian Mecca of kitesurfing, as it is perfectly exposed to the blasting Cape Doctor and Westerly swell,” Cantagalli says. “There we expect to improve the extremity level of the sport by breaking records and establishing new heroes,” he added. CLASS OF 2018 With the competition – due to take place on the windiest day between the 27th of January and 11th of February – an all-star list of riders has been announced to compete for the 2018 title. The rider list is made up of the top nine riders from …

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