The Red Bull King of the Air 2013 Sees the World’s Top Kiteboarders in Cape Town

Sixteen of the world’s best kiteboarders and eight wildcards have been selected to compete in the highly anticipated Red Bull King of the Air 2013. The announcement of the return of the competition has seen kiteboarders around the world doing everything they can to get their hands on an entry.

Ruben Lenten

After an eight year hiatus since the last running of the Red Bull King of the Air in Maui, USA, the event finally returns to kiteboarding, this time in Cape Town, South Africa. Wind patterns are currently looking favourable for the window period of 1 – 15 February at Big Bay, Blouberg on Cape Town’s sunny coastline.

Sixteen invited kiteboarders from around the world will be joined by eight wildcards who secured their entry by sending in a video of themselves in action on the water.

Included in the lineup are extreme kiteboarder Ruben Lenten (NED), compatriot and world number 1 in 2012 Youri Zoon and local wildcard Oswald Smith who goes into the competition having just won SA Champs.

The judging panel consisting of fearless female kiteboarder Susi Mai, editor of Kiteworld Magazine and presenter of ‘The Kite Show’ Jim Gaunt and South African original Red Bull King of the Air alumnus Greg Tijsse will be watching the water to gauge the height, style and creativity each kiteboarder executes their movement with.

Susi Mai

The newly developed ‘flag out’ competition format is unlike any others – it gives each kiteboarder the opportunity to pull their best moves and score high. Four riders hit the water wearing different colour rash vests that match a corresponding flag on the beach. After an allocated time, the rider with the lowest score will be flagged out (flag will be lowered) and must leave the water. The last man standing is the winner.

The event will also feature the godfather of wind-based watersports, Robby Naish, who will be in Cape Town to put the title hopefuls through their paces in the lead up to the event. Robby has multiple World Titles across windsurfing and kiteboarding disciplines and still competes internationally, at the tender age of 49.

Robby Naish

Invited Kiteboarders

  • Ruben Lenten (NED)
  • Kevin Langeree (NED)
  • Youri Zoon (NED)
  • Nick Jacobsen (DEN)
  • Billy Parker (USA)
  • Sam Light (GBR)
  • Lewis Crathern (GBR)
  • Kevin de Smidt (NED)
  • Steven Akkersijk (NED)
  • Jesse Richman (USA)
  • Tom Court (GBR)
  • Luke Whiteside (GBR)
  • Gianni Aragno (ESP)
  • Shawn Richman (USA)
  • Luke McGillewie (RSA)
  • Reno Romeu (BRA)


  • Sam Medysky (CAN)
  • Oswald Smith (RSA)
  • Johnno Sholte (NED)
  • Andries Fourie (RSA)
  • Graham Howes (RSA)
  • Jandre Fraser (RSA)
  • Alan Steele (RSA)
  • Nicolas Falcou (FRA)

For more updates on contest conditions visit or #RedBullKingoftheAir on Twitter.

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  1. Green Hat Kiteboarding says:

    Ruben Lenten is one insane guy. I love to read and watch the competitions.