More than 6,000 people crammed onto Kite Beach in Cape Town to witness the conclusion of one of the world’s best big-air kiteboarding competitions.
With the wind speeds swirling at over 30 knots the riders battled it out on the water for the title. Here is all the information you need to know:
- Dutchman Kevin Langeree won his second Red Bull King of the Air title by outclassing Spanish young gun Liam Whaley and British rider Lewis Crathern.
- Langeree, 29, adds another title to his 2014 triumph. He is only the second rider ever to have won two Red Bull King of the Air titles.
- Langeree said: “Today everything just came together and it’s like a dream come true. To win it again is just a magical feeling. The move to Kite Beach was the best thing ever. It gave us as riders the opportunity to show our moves and it was definitely a day I won’t easily forget.”
- Liam Whaley was only called up as a late replacement for the injured 2017 defending champion Nick Jacobsen.
- 2018 was a new location for Red Bull King of the Air, moving 5km down the road from Big Bay to Kite Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
- The competition format sees the 18 contestants go head-to-head.
- The riders have to overcome consistent gusting winds of more than 30 knots.
- A panel of judges score the riders, taking into account the style, technique and fearlessness of their manoeuvres.
- The riders compete over five rounds with the top three then proceeding to the final.
- Rounds One and Two took place on Saturday 27 January, the final rounds completed on Wednesday January 31 when the ‘Cape Doctor’ south-easterly wind coupled with a good south-westerly groundswell.
1. Kevin Langeree; 2. Liam Whaley; 3. Lewis Crathern; 4. Jesse Richman; 4. Aaron Hadlow; 4. Steven Akkersdijk; 7. Lasse Walker; 7. Sam Light; 7. Gijs Wassenaar; 10. Joshua Emanuel; 10. Marc Jacobs; 10. Antonin Rangin; 13. Oswald Smith; 13. Ross Dillon Player; 13. Reno Romeu; 16. Jerrie Van De Kop; 16. Tom Bridge; 16. Ruben Lenten