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Ceara Kite Pro – Big Air Wrap-Up in Brazil

The Ceara Kite Pro came to a close on Saturday with a big air competition. Check the report below. Saturday 24th November Report: Jim Gaunt Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Videos: Mintautas Grigas Unofficial big air extravaganza closes out the Ceara Kite Pro Four action packed days in Prea, Brazil for round six of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour came to a close on Saturday with a big air competition. This unofficial result doesn’t count towards the overall World Championship ranking, but with pride on the line as well as performance momentum propelling the winner positively onwards towards the final round in Australia next month, the beach crowd was treated to one more afternoon of aerial acrobatics. Man and machine, Airton Cozzolino Two tricks counted for each rider in the heats, with judges awarding 70% of the score for height and 30% for technicality. Kiko stoked to make his first ever final!! 17 year-old Spaniard Kiko Roig has impressed all week and reached the final against Airton Cozzolino but couldn’t topple the reigning World Champion who was riding high after his main event win yesterday. Carla back to winning ways against Jalou In the women’s unofficial big air event Carla …


GKA Fuerteventura – Here’s What Nearly 20 Seconds of Hang-time Looks Like

Report from the Big Air Competition, with a strapless hangtime record! The Big Air competition is supposed to be the secondary discipline for the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour if there’s time to run a show once the main event has been completed. Today at Sotavento was anything but secondary to anything. The action was mental! The Big Air contest riders ended up playing catch the sky hook this afternoon at GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Fuerteventura with some very unusual upper level winds that saw some competitors not just getting extra lift once or twice… Airton in fact registered one incredible slice of hang-time at 20 seconds by repeatedly heli-looping his kite overhead! He just kept going… and going! Hooked and holding on! Airton disappears… When he eventually landed out of the competition zone all the riders, crew and crowd were on their feet, head in hands, speechless at what they’d just seen in this quarter final. Airton pulled himself up, looked back the beach (which was now a long way upwind of him) and we could see him waving back at the crowd wondering himself quite what had just happened? His head was surely still spinning because that was the …


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 …

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