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Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby Toby » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:07 am

Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

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The world’s kiteboarding elite and spectators alike gathered at Cape Town’s Big Bay where Kevin Langeree kited his heart out to take the title of Red Bull King of the Air 2014.

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CAPE TOWN (South Africa) – For the second year in a row Cape Town’s Big Bay played host to 24 of the world’s best kiteboarders as they went head-to-head in a unique ‘flag out’ competition format. It all came down to the final in which Dutchman Kevin Langeree managed to edge out his compatriots Ruben Lenten (second) and Steven Akkersdijk (third) to become Red Bull King of the Air 2014 champion in front of a 12 000-strong crowd.
“The conditions picked up during the day and I couldn’t have hoped for anything better! The final was definitely tough and everyone of us was so close to winning. I definitely had my best heat of the day in the final. This is the third Red Bull King of the Air I’ve competed in and was a title I that I didn’t have yet so I was hungry for it. I’m so stoked!”

Judged on height, creativity and style, the participants’ manoeuvres were judged by Alex Vliege (NED), William Bogaards (NED), Greg Thijsse (RSA), Arkadiusz Jerzelkowski (POL), Reinier Korstanje (NED), Ralf Bachsuster (GER) who had their work cut out for them.

An innovative tool available to the judges was Xensr technology. The application measures the height, speed, airtime, gravity loading, location and the 3D motion of athlete with all data captured at 400 times a second and is accurate to within 3mm, as soon as they land a jump. All jump data is immediately relayed to judges and live stream. Frenchman Tom Herbert recorded the highest jump of the day – a lofty 25.04m.

Head judge Alex Vliege was pleased about how the event played out in the end: “What an epic day! We had the best riders in the world here today with Cape Town and mother nature delivering great conditions. We finally got what we were waiting for. Kevin was completely deserving of the title – he did the same moves as the others plus more, with variation and went higher than the others.“

Blouberg local Andries Fourie was the highest placed South African in 4th place and landed the second highest jump of the day of 23.37m.

Final Results:
1. Kevin Langeree (NED)
2. Ruben Lenten (NED)
3. Steven Akkersdijk (NED)
4. Andries Fourie (RSA)
5. Aaron Hadlow (GBR)
5. Jesse Richman (USA)
7. Tom Herbert (FRA)
7. Billy Parker (USA)

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Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby plummet » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:42 am

It would be great to know the wind speed, what kites/sizes flown by each guy and boards used.

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Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby tautologies » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:52 am

Man that is some gnarly riding from all and especially Langeree


FB Update from Jesse Richman: "Funny when you find yourself in those situations when all you can do is clinch and brace for impact.... Today that did not work out so well for me. After awesome help from an amazing support crew I got one broken leg and some pretty messed up ligaments... Will know more soon but doing good now. Thanks everyone for all the support!!! And good job to the new King of the Air @Kevin Langeree...... Shawn you are the man!!!"

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Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby heinzbush » Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:29 am

plummet wrote:It would be great to know the wind speed, what kites/sizes flown by each guy and boards used.



Most guys were on 11s and 12s initially... it was about 25knots when they started and it picked up to about 35...then most were on 9s and 10s... obviously some gusts pushed those numbers...

Right when they were finished with the final I was out on a 7 (it's my homespot) and I was pretty overpowered :)

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Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby Toby » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:09 am

See several awesome pictures here:

http://forum.oase.com/showthread.php?t=143963

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Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby poldo » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:35 am

:o great ACTION pics there! :thumb:

PS: a helmet should be mandatory in every competition like this!

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Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby mikeysfl » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:58 am

Nice spot. Those are some serious mountains in the background.

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Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby eldadgold » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:02 pm

Three kiters from NED are placed #1 #2 and #3 !
Is it something they eat overthere ? :lol:

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Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby poldo » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:13 pm

eldadgold wrote:Three kiters from NED are placed #1 #2 and #3 !
Is it something they eat overthere ? :lol:


seems they eat a lot of strong wind there... :P

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Re: Kevin Langeree crowned Red Bull King of the Air

Postby Toby » Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:18 pm

The Dutchies have many good riders.
They have the highest ratio of kiters per population!


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