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Image courtesy of Craig Kolesky

The Red Bull King of the Air contest returns to Cape Town

The two-week weather window for the world’s biggest kiteboarding contest has now opened.

The Red Bull King of the Air c

Image courtesy of Craig Kolesky

The 18 contestants now wait for the legendary Cape Doctor to arrive, before facing off in conditions with around 30 knots of wind and the perfect swell to boost some extreme moves.

Last year the coveted trophy was taken home by Kevin Langeree for the second time. This year, the competition has gone up a notch with GKA Kiteboarding ‘Air Games’ World Champion, Carlos Mario making his debut.

He’ll be joined by familiar names including Aaron Hadlow, Ruben Lenten, Lewis Crathern, Jesse Richman, Sam Light, Lasse Walker and Nick Jacobsen, a previous King of the Air champion who missed out on competing last year due to an injury.

Two South Africans who competed last year, Joshua Emmanuel and Ross Dillon Player will be going head to head with these legends for the chance to keep the trophy on home soil. The complete list of riders for 2019 includes:

• Aaron Hadlow (UK) (2015, 2016 winner)
• Aurelien Petreau (France)
• Carlos Mario (Brazil)
• Gijs Wassenaar (Netherlands)
• Janek Grzegorzewski (Poland) – as a replacement for Steven Akkersdijk who is injured
• Jerrie Van De Kop (Netherlands)
• Jesse Richman (USA) (2013 winner)
• Joshua Emanuel (South Africa)
• Kevin Langeree (Netherlands) (2014, 2018 winner)
• Lasse Walker (Netherlands)
• Lewis Crathern (UK)
• Liam Whaley (Spain)
• Marc Jacobs (New Zealand)
• Nick Jacobsen (Denmark) (2017 winner)
• Posito Martinez (Dominican Republic)
• Ross Dillon Player (South Africa)
• Ruben Lenten (Netherlands)
• Sam Light (UK)

Lasse Walker – image courtesy of Craig Kolesky

This promises to be another pulse-racing event and if you’re in Cape Town, you can watch the action unfold at Kite Beach in Blouberg.

To find out when the competition will take place during the two-week weather window, keep an eye on the Red Bull website, where you can also watch a live stream of the event.