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Nick Jacobsen wins Red Bull King of the Air 2017

Popular Danish rider wins one of the most closely-contested extreme big-air battles yet. Jacobsen (DEN) outgunned Aaron Hadlow (GBR) and Ruben Lenten (NED) in front of a big crowd at Big Bay to be crowned Red Bull King of the Air for the first time. “This feels amazing!” commented a visibly elated Jacobsen shortly after the prize giving. “This is actually my first international win. I really can’t believe I just won Red Bull King of the Air.” The final provided a fitting climax to a day of close-fought battles where every heat produced highlights and upsets. Local favourite and 2016 finalist Andries Fourie was eliminated in round three, while the likes of Reno Romeo and Jerrie van de Kop went down in round four. This year featured a new ‘compact’ format with 18 riders in total – the top 12 ranked from the previous edition along with best four video contest entrants, as well as two wildcards. To the backdrop of a golden Cape sunset, some 8000 people watched as Jacobsen – who had been consistent since round one – put on the performance of the day to peak in the final. “Riding in the final between these two …


The Reigning King of the Air: Kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow

The world’s best kiteboarders take to the skies above Big Bay in Cape Town, South Africa, to battle it out for the Red Bull King of the Air title. Eighteen athletes try to outdo one another by pulling out their highest jumps and most insane tricks. Aaron Hadlow has been champion for the past 2 events…could this year be a threepeat for the kiteboarding phenom?


Who will be the next KING?!

Kevin Langeree is really looking forward to see who will be crowned King of the Air 2017. Unfortunately he can’t compete in this year’s event due to an ankle injury and he will face a 3-4 months recovery time. Are Nick Jacobsen and Lasse W…


Red Bull King of the Air ALMOST gets underway

Lack of wind sees round one get underway, but postponed after just a few minutes. Round one of Red Bull King of the Air got underway at Big Bay on Tuesday, 31 January. The first heat of the non-elimination round started at 19:30 when the Southeasterly eventually showed its true colours and gusted to over 25-knots – conditions needed in which to run an extreme big-air contest such as Red Bull King of the Air. Oswald Smith, Gijs Wassenaar and Lewis Crathern played guinea pigs of sorts as they tested the conditions into the Cape Town sunset. The riders managed to make the most of the conditions and dropped a few medium-sized moves over the ramps on offer by the one-metre swell. Some five minutes into the heat however the organisers made the call to nullify the result and call-off the heat as the conditions did not provide enough opportunity in which to perform. “Conditions simply weren’t as epic as we had hoped for on the day,” commented Sportive Director, Sergio Cantagalli afterward. “It’s a big air contest, not a freestyle event, and the wind as it was today just did’t offer the riders the opportunity to put on a …


The elements at play for Red Bull King of the Air

What conditions do the world’s best big air kiteboarders need to perform. To get big air, you need big wind. Simple really. That almost didn’t happen last year, and the year before, and the year before that. The story of Red Bull King of the Air 2015 could so easily have scripted along the lines of one of those wildlife channel doccies on searching for the Yeti or Bigfoot or something similar – a massive build up and suspense throughout, but then never actually finding it. After waiting out the traditional two week window period – which saw enough wind to complete rounds 1 through 3, split over two separate days – the official weather window was extended by one day…that day saw the good old ‘Cape Doctor’ (southeasterly) honk to the needed strength. It’s not good to deal in ‘what if’s’ and with the current weather patterns and long range forecast it looks unlikely that this scenario will play out again…but: “When you start playing with elements there is always a chance, if not more than one, that you might not succeed. Guess that is the reason why we call it ‘Mother nature’!” explains event Sportive Director Sergio Cantagalli. …


Who will be crowned Red Bull King of the Air 2017?

These are the world’s 18 best big-air kiteboarders who will compete for the illustrious title. Every year Cape Town and her prolific South-Easter plays host the world’s best kiteboarders. For the past four 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 21st of January and 5th of February – an epic list of riders has been announced to compete for the 2017 title. Back once again and in the hunt for an unprecedented hat trick, will be Aaron Hadlow (GBR). “The crowd and fans makes this event,” said the two-time defending champ. “It feels like the whole kiteboarding community is watching and excited about it.” “So many people are interested and in the past two years I have gained so much following and exposure from the wins, that really showed me just how big the event has become.” Hadlow won’t have it all his own way in 2017 however, with past champs Jesse Richman (USA) and Kevin Langeree (NED), both finalists in 2016, also back once again. The …

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