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Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby Toby » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:50 am

Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Ruben Lenten is stoked to be putting on a competition vest again.jpg

Host of past champions and a local favourite will all vie for the title

(Cape Town, 22 December 2017) - Every year Cape Town and her prolific South-Easter plays host the world’s best kiteboarders. For the past five years, they have competed in what is largely considered to be the pinnacle of big air kiteboarding, Red Bull King of the Air.

With the competition – due to take place on the windiest day between the 27th of January and 11th of February – an all-star list of riders has been announced to compete for the 2018 title. The rider list is made up of the top nine riders from the 2017 event, plus the top nine from the ranking of the online video competition as well as wildcards.

Defending champion Nick Jacobsen is eager to reclaim his title and will go into the event as top seed. “It’s like a gladiator arena when you’re in the water,” says the popular Danish rider. “The beach is full of people and the pressure is high from your sponsors and audience.”

Jacobsen outgunned Aaron Hadlow (GBR) and Ruben Lenten (NED) in the final of the 2017 event in front of a big crowd at Big Bay “That was actually my first international win and was pretty unbelievable at the time,” Jacobsen said. The final provided a fitting climax to a day of close-fought battles where every heat produced highlights and upsets and 2018 promises to be no different.

“I’ll do my very best to defend my title, but who knows - there are a lot of upcoming guys who rip. I’m just happy to take part to be honest.”

Hadlow is as eager to return to the top step and will be gunning for an unprecedented third title, but he and Jacobsen will have their work cut out for them with the likes of past champs Jesse Richman (USA) and Kevin Langeree (NED). Both missed out on 2017 due to injury and will be back again thanks to wildcard invites.

Another newsworthy inclusion is local favourite Joshua Emanuel who has been on a tear of late, taking the win at Red Bull Megaloop Challenge in Holland and setting a new Woo height world record.

“The Red Bull Megaloop Challenge was a huge success for me and has motivated me and pushed me a lot further. It has always been a dream for me to win a competition like that, especially on an international level,” he commented.

“The atmosphere at Red Bull King of the Air is just something else - when you look back at the beach and you see five to ten thousand people standing there, it’s pretty amazing. I’m looking forward to compete against the best in the world and see where I fit in. To win it this year you’re going to have to go super high, get your kite super low and just fly on the extreme.”

Other riders to look out for are video entrants Sam Light (UK) and Marc Jacobs (NZ), both of who have competed before.

The 2018 event will run on the ‘compact’ format introduced in 2017.

Perhaps the biggest news however, is the change of venue. For the first time in the South African history of Red Bull King of the Air, the event will take place at Kite Beach, Blouberg, Cape Town. Organisers feel this will give riders an even better chance to perform at the highest level in the best conditions.

Aaron Hadlow (UK)
Ruben Lenten (NL)
Lewis Crathern (UK)
Steven Akkersdijk (NL)
Lasse Walker (NL)
Oswald Smith (RSA)
Reno Romeu (BRA)
Liam Whaley (ES)
Jerrie Van De Kop (NL)
Jessie Richman (USA)
Kevin Langeree (NL)
Aurelien Petreau (FRA)
Joshua Emanuel (RSA)
Marc Jacobs (NZ)
Ross-Dillon Player (RSA)
Antonin Rangin (FRA)
Sam Light (UK)
Gijs Wassenaar (NL)

For more event information, head over to http://redbullkingoftheair.com/


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Re: Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby DWX » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:07 pm

Let’s get ready to rumble!

What an impressive lineup!

Nick, Steven, Josh, Aurelien, Kevin, and all the rest, GOOD LUCK, GOOD WIND, AND PLAY SAFE!

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Re: Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby Pemba » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:32 pm

Apart from Joshua Emanuel no new names I think ? That is bit of a pity.

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Re: Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby Bill C » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:38 pm

I was hoping Dimitri Maramenides would be on the list.

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Re: Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby H2Oaltitude » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:54 pm

Bill C wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:38 pm
I was hoping Dimitri Maramenides would be on the list.
I know , right? What's up with that? Not from the Netherlands... or no Greeks allowed. :nono: Is there a backstory w/Redbull & Dimitri?

*Looking forward to the event/not the plane ride

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Re: Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby DWX » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:52 am

This is the biggest league in KB! You have to earn your spot and keep it! That’s why the lineup changes slowly. Slow changes also ensure they are no gladiators and stay alive! Every single one of these guys deserves endless respect for what they’ve achieved. Of course it’s hard to join this league. These guys are just amazing!

Merry Christmas, KOTA riders & thanks for making it a more joyful planet!

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Re: Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby Toby » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:03 pm

Pemba wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:32 pm
Apart from Joshua Emanuel no new names I think ? That is bit of a pity.
Player, 18 from South Africa.

The riders list is impressive...new names need to show they can compete with these guys...now that's tuff.

Just mega loops don't do anymore. And that's good

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Re: Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby Toby » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:05 pm

H2Oaltitude wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:54 pm
Bill C wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:38 pm
I was hoping Dimitri Maramenides would be on the list.
I know , right? What's up with that? Not from the Netherlands... or no Greeks allowed. :nono: Is there a backstory w/Redbull & Dimitri?

*Looking forward to the event/not the plane ride
Did he apply ?

And yes, there is a story with RB and Dimitri.
They f***** him few years ago, and he wasn't nice to the guys. Too bad. But there will be other events where Dimitri will be more than welcome...

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Re: Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby Bill C » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:03 pm

I don't know if Dimitri applied...probably not.

Part of my post was 'tongue in cheek', but also serious. I remember reading a few years ago there was some flak over Dimitri not getting selected, but I figured its Red Bull's contest so they can have whoever they want.

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Re: Riders announced for Red Bull King of the Air 2018

Postby fat blokes can fly » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:42 pm

Let's face it. As good as Dimitri is, he doesn't fit into Red Bull's demographic as it appears to be predominantly <30yrs old.

He doesn't need it. Produces great content himself. 😎

Looking forward to KOTA.


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