It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for! Red Bull has confirmed the dates for the 2021 King of the Air for later this year. The most popular event on the kitesurfing calendar is CONFIRMED with a window period from 13 November to 3 December 2021. Will you be on the beach in Cape Town for the epic return of the King of the Air?!


The riders list remains the same as it was when confirmed in December 2020. With Jesse Richman on the mend after an injury that would have taken him out of the originally scheduled February event, we’re hoping he’ll be back in top condition to defend his title!

With 3 of the 4 ‘Fly To’ events cancelled this year, there are only 4 riders that are pre-qualified for KOTA 2021.

Jesse Richman (2020 Winner)
Nick Jacobsen (2nd Place)
Aaron Hadlow (3rd Place)
Kevin Langeree (Winner of Cold Hawaii Games)

The 14 riders joining the lineup that scored the highest in the Video Entry competition and received Wildcard invitations are:

Steven Akkersdijk (NED)
Angely Bouillot (FRA)
Tom Bridge (GBR)
Airton Cozzolino (Cape Verde)
Ulrich Edgar (FRA)
Joshua Emanuel (RSA)
Val Garat (FRA)
Janek Grzegorzewski (POL)
Arthur Guillebert (FRA)
Stig Hoefnagel (NED)
Marc Jacobs (NZ)
Giel Vlugt (NED)
Lasse Walker (NED)
Liam Whaley (ESP)

For more information on the Red Bull King of the Air 2021, check out the Red Bull announcement here:

Tue 22nd Jun, 2021 @ 1:37 pm

By Crystal Veness
Editor at IKSURFMAG, Crystal Veness hails from Canada but is based in South Africa. When she isn't busy kitesurfing or reporting on the latest industry news for the mag, she is kicking back somewhere at a windy kite beach or working on creative media projects.

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