South Africa

Red Bull King of the Air set to begin

2015-01-30 15:34
Kevin Langeree (Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool)

Cape Town - The world’s best kiteboarders are currently in Cape Town preparing for Red Bull King of the Air 2015 – the window period for which starts tomorrow, 31 January.

They’ve been enjoying the 40kph winds and sweltering temperatures in the Mother City ahead of the start of the window period. The one-day event, which will be determined by wind conditions, will take place at Big Bay, Blouberg.

24 participants will go up against each other in the unique ‘flag-out’ competition format. Amongst those vying for the title are 2013’s champ Jesse Richman (USA) and defending champ Kevin Langeree (NED) as well as 5-time world champion Aaron Hadlow (GBR). Two wildcard entrants in the form of Alexandre Neto (BRA) and Antonin Rangin (FRA) also join the throng.

Due to injury 2015 South African Champion Oswald Smith is unable to take part and compatriot Luke McGillewie has been called up to will take Oswald’s spot in the lineup.

As with previous editions of Red Bull King of the Air, a very talented and experienced judging panel will take into account each kiter’s energy, height and creativity to establish who will take the crown. Alex Vliege (NED), Greg Tjisse (RSA), Vitezslav Adamicek (CZE), Arek Jerzelkowski (POL), Reinier Korstanje (NED) and Chris Bull (GBR) will  be watching to see who gets the most height and airtime while performing the biggest tricks.

Contest Director Olaf van Tol (NED) rounds up the sportive team on the ground.

Robby Naish (USA), godfather of wind-based watersports, is pleased to be heading to Cape Town to check out the competition himself.

“This will be the 3rd Red Bull King of the Air held at Big Bay in Cape Town and the event has become the defining competition for the sport of kiteboarding. No other competition or even the world tour carries the prestige and impacts the sport like the Red Bull King of the Air does. I am really happy to still be involved with the sport and connected to the event more than a decade after the first one held on Maui. I am really looking forward to riding in Cape Town!”

Keep your eyes peeled on for more the most up-to-date information.

If you’re not able to make it down to Big Bay make sure you watch it live on the Red Bull King of the Air website or catch the semi-finals & finals on Red Bull TV.

Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit

Red Bull King of the Air is a one-day event and will run on the windiest day in the 14-day window period.  


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.