Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town

Eight years after the last King of the Air was held in Maui’s magic waters, the contest is back to push kiteboarding to its limits and, for the first time, comes to the southern-most tip of Africa.

Susi Mai Red Bull King of the Air

CAPE TOWN (South Africa) – The new concept, a big air format, proposes a “mega airtime” contest with radically high jumps, various tricks and kite-loops combined with style, height, and speed. Sixteen of the world’s best plus eight wildcards, selected from video entries at, will descend on Cape Town.

Big Bay, part of the pristine Cape Peninsula, is probably the best spot in the world for holding an event with these criteria. The legendary ‘Cape Doctor’ will certainly play its part – the South Easterly wind guarantees big airs and even bigger moves! Judges Jim Gaunt, Susi Mai and Greg Thijsse will have their work cut out for them.

Video: Red Bull King of the Air 2013 Teaser

Ruben Lenten (NED), a formidable name in kiteboarding is stoked Red Bull King of the Air is back: “It’s going make a big impact on kiteboarding once again! Normally I don’t compete as most contests are aimed at really technical tricks but the format of the Red Bull King of the Air is right up my street. This contest is all about big airs and I think I am just as stoked as I was back in 2005 when I won the last event in Hawaii. With the Red Bull King of the Air we’ll have the world’s best riders come out to battle it out in Cape Town’s extreme winds.”

Ruben Lenten Red Bull King of the Air

The window period for the event starts on the 1st of February and will extend to the 15th of February 2013. For more updates on contest conditions visit or #RedBullKingoftheAir on Twitter.

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