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Who is the best big-air kiter in the world?

Classic Cape conditions as Rounds One & Two of Red Bull King of the Air go down at Big Bay. The Cape Doctor (Southeasterly wind) draped the ‘table cloth’ over the iconic Table Mountain fashionably late on Wednesday 3 February. When it did show up though (at around 16:30 local time) the world’s best big-air kiters launched their kites and hit the 3-4 foot (1 – 1,5m) ramps (waves) of Big Bay and gave the faithful crowd everything they had been waiting for from early on in the day. It was all systems go for Red Bull King of the Air 2016! Recently-crowned South African freestyle champ Ozzy Smith started with a bang but lost out to big wind specialist Lasse Walker. Both would advance to round three through, with the third and fourth-placed riders being religated to the elimination Round Two. Riding in the opening heat of any event is always a challenge and they showed that it was going to be the riders who could best adapt to the conditions – ‘lighter’ winds – and produce variety were going to come out on top. Tom Herbert provided some of the biggest highlights of the day. He won his …

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