LEN10 MegaLoop Challenge: Lewis Crathern Wins

Lewis Crathern (UK) pulls out all the stops and is Crowned Champion at the first ever LEN10 MegaLoop Challenge in Big Bay, Cape Town.

LEN10 MegaLoop Challenge - Winner with Trophy - Lewis Crathern

The wind was pumping and kites were flying high as Lewis Crathern wowed the judges to win this Mega’ kiteboarding event in Cape Town!

Lewis Crathern

Crathern, from Worthing in the UK, went up against Sam Light (UK) and Gianni Aragno (ESP) in the final. “I was just stoked to have been in the final with two of my best friends. A megaloop isn’t the easiest trick because you have to try and get height while trying to get your kite as horizontal as possible. I’ve been coming to Cape Town to kiteboard for the last six years and I love it here. The people are friendly and the weather and wind conditions are perfect here,” he commented.

LEN10 MegaLoop Challenge Podium

LEN10 MegaLoop Challenge Podium | © Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull Content Pool

Brainchild of Red Bull Athlete and ‘King of the Megaloop’ Ruben Lenten (NED), the LEN10 Megaloop Challenge saw 24 participants compete in a format new to kiteboarding competitions. Ruben remarked: “All the riders and spectators were excited about the format which gives the guys time to pull their best moves and score high. I’m happy that such a big crowd came down to see the guys pull some gnarly tricks and see some pretty epic wipe-outs too – which is just as much part of kiteboarding as landing the trick.”

Participants were scored on the height, technique and the style with which they executed the megaloop.

Ruben Lenten demo at LEN10 Megaloop Challenge - Big-Bay

Ruben Lenten Demo | © Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull Content Pool

LEN10 Megaloop Challenge winner, Crathern and the other finalists had decided before they went out for the final to split the prize money – it wasn’t about the prize but rather spending a good day out doing what they love. He does, however, walk away with a one-of-a-kind trophy and a photo shoot with renowned South African action sports photographer, Craig Kolesky.

Ruben Lenten is keen to bring the competition back even bigger in 2013 and throw himself into the mix. “We’re going to push the limits of kiteboarding even more.”

Ruben Lenten demo at LEN10 Megaloop Challenge - Big-Bay

Ruben Lenten Demo | © Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull Content Pool

You can read more about the “King of the MegaLoop”, Ruben Lenten and the MegaLoop Challenge here.

If you were lucky enough to be at the competition in Big Bay, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below…

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