Video entries are now closed for the most badass, big-air Kiteboarding contest in the world. From January 26th – February 10th, 2019 at Kite Beach – Blouberg, Cape Town, we will see the top nine from last year, go up against nine riders chosen from the video entries contest and wildcards.

Riders will have to master the elements in an attempt to rule the skies – leaving a wake in the atmosphere with the ultimate goal of being crowned King of the Air 2019.

The Top Nine (From last year)

“The ‘oh sh*t’ moment – that is what it’s all about,” says Richman. “The most interesting side of kiteboarding is the big and extreme side if you ask me. It’s crazy what we can do with a kite. I want to see this sport soar to new heights and what the King of the Air has done for the sport is like nothing else.”

“I’m really looking forward to this event because it really shows what kiteboarding is all about. Jumping as high as you can and pulling out some impossible tricks at those hights really pushes us a riders to the max. I just love that feeling and I know all the other riders love that as well.”

“The crowd and fans make this event, 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.”

Video Entries and Wild Cards

Nick Jacobsen is everyone’s favourite Dane. The man with the big smile is always up for anything and is known for going big. Not big, huge! Among his crazy feats is jumping off the 163-floored Burj Khalifa building in Dubai.

Jacobsen outgunned Aaron Hadlow (GBR) and Ruben Lenten (NED) in the final of the 2017 event in front of a big crowd at Big Bay “That was actually my first international win and was pretty unbelievable at the time,” Jacobsen said.

The final provided a fitting climax to a day of close-fought battles where every heat produced highlights and upsets. He was unfortunately injured shortly before the 2018 event and was unable to campaign for a title defence.

Good luck to all the riders, we’re all looking forward to this one!

For the Red Bull King Of The Air event countdown and more information, please click here.

Mon 10th Dec, 2018 @ 11:00 am

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