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RED BULL KING OF THE AIR 2020
Counting Down To The Main Event In Cape Town, South Africa
Make sure you’re following @northkiteboarding to find out exactly what day the competition is called within the two week window, so you can watch the livestream at redbull.com. Want to tune into the world’s most jaw-dropping big-air contest?
The Red Bull King of the Air competition, proudly sponsored by North Kiteboarding will be returning to Kite Beach, Cape Town on the February 1st through the 16th. It’s all about the amplitude as contestants go head-to-head in a “flag out” competition format. During the two week weather window riders will only face-off in the perfect conditions – wind speeds of over 30 knots are ideal for providing the perfect swell from which to boost some extreme maneuvers.
The field for 2020’s Red Bull King of the Air will be made up of top six riders from the 2019 edition as well as 14 wildcards and four satellite entrants. 24 total kite boarders will take to the air between February 1st and 16th for a shot at the big prize.
Confirmed for the 2020 event is three-time defending champion and winner last year, Kevin Langeree, as well as North athlete and winner of the 2017 edition, Nick Jacobsen. He is currently the only person in the world with a set of North prototype kites. Unfortunately Nick missed out on a chance to defend his title in 2019 due to injury.
This year in particular is the first year a woman will have the opportunity to compete for the overall crown. Angely Bouillot will make her debut and is very excited for the chance to compete. “It’s a real honour”, says Angely. “I am excited to prove that women have a place in these extreme events and my mission is to inspire young women to participate in more events like this.”
Red Bull King of the Air is everchanging, and this year brings a new format for competition. Four winners, along with the 14 video/satellite entries will compete in round one and two. Both rounds will take place at a different venue that offers the best conditions; Witsand/Misty Cliffs or Kite Beach, Blouberg. From there, competitors will advance to challenge the top six from the 2019 event at Kite Beach for the big showdown in round three.
Video highlights of 2019: