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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby Toby » Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:17 pm

Baptiste_FR wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:54 am

There is another example with the first GKA Foil freestyle competition in Brazil last November. As said in the title, it was a freestyle competition and in my opinion, I thought Charles Brodel won this event because he was sending handle passes, foil-board-off and technical freestyle tricks. But the judges decided that Fred Hope won. He is a very good rider with lots of style but on this one I disagree with the judges.

I think there will always be controversy when several great athletes are ranked by a complete subjective decision.
However, rules for the Kota have not changed and height is still the most important scoring factor.
In the skippers meeting it was agreed that handle passes don't count.

But judging just sux, too often personal choices...luckily I compete only with myself now. Way more fun and I always win 😉

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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby Blackened » Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:59 pm

nothing2seehere wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:07 am
Is your point that the Asian qualifier shouldn't have been a KOTA ticket in the first place?
Yes.

If the competition isn't good enough, then don't have the entry as a prize. If it is good enough and the point is to create interest in kiting and get someone unknown on the world stage, don't allow pros to compete. Have them put on exhibitions instead.

If they want to make it part of a world Big Air World Tour (I'm 100% behind) with a lot of the big names coming, great. You could reserve a few spots for locals to help with kiting interest and give them a chance to show their capability. Have 4 or so feeders for the big event, KOTA, in CT.

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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby Blackened » Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:13 pm

ConstantinKite wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:42 pm
Kerplow wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:28 pm
I wonder, why e.g. Woo do not invest and develop proper system, that could stream height live. Best marketing ever.
www.thesurfr.app has that function already implemented and I know the developer is working hard to update other features regarding that.

I was at the Cold Hawaii comp and Jamie Overbeek was using it. Pretty interesting to follow that and the live scoring at the same time.

If every KOTA competitor would have a phone on themselves (wetsuit mode) or on the board (boardmount) the judges could focus more on the extremity and style and not the height, that would already be available for them.
I actually quite like this. It would give some hard data for the judges and be more transparent in the judging. If it was into the later rounds, the real-time jump data would be useful for the competitors. They could see if they were getting the height required vs how the judges were scoring the previous rounds.

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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby Baptiste_FR » Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:11 am

On the RedBull website :
The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2020 with the final announcement to be made by December 10.
It should have been yesterday

Anybody knows where and when the list of selected riders will be announced ?

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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby longwhitecloud » Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:28 am

Handle passes dont count...

In FREE style. You couldnt make it all up! Lololol

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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby happytrees » Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:59 am


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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby Dutchman » Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:08 pm

Good selection I think, but also 2 strange names. Steven Akkersdijk in it, although no video seen of him. Tom Bridge in there, probably because he is sponsored by Red Bull. I assume Angely and Airton are in there because of of female rider and a strapless rider.

All-in-all, quite a nice lineup with big name riders.

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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby Baptiste_FR » Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:20 pm

Thanks for the link. I put the list in the thread :

Jesse Richman (2020 Winner) (USA)
Nick Jacobsen (2nd Place) (DAN)
Aaron Hadlow (3rd Place) (UK)
Kevin Langeree (Winner of Cold Hawaii Games) (NED)
Steven Akkersdijk (NED)
Angely Bouillot (FRA)
Tom Bridge (GBR)
Airton Cozzolino (Cape Verde)
Ulrich Edgar (FRA)
Joshua Emanuel (RSA)
Val Garat (FRA)
Janek Grzegorzewski (POL)
Arthur Guillebert (FRA)
Stig Hoefnagel (NED)
Marc Jacobs (NZ)
Giel Vlugt (NED)
Lasse Walker (NED)
Liam Whaley (ESP)

Toby was right, no Lewis this year. But strange to see Tom Bridge knowing the importance of board-off in the competition.
And only 1 South African rider.
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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby Constakite » Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:52 pm

Official article here:

https://www.redbull.com/za-en/red-bull- ... 021-riders

It will be good to see the new names. :allbegood: to all the talent that did not make it and I wonder who the 1st sub is in case Liam W. will not make it.

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Re: 2021: King of the Air predictions

Postby Werito » Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:05 pm

Baptiste_FR wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:20 pm
Thanks for the link. I put the list in the thread :

Jesse Richman (2020 Winner) (USA)
Nick Jacobsen (2nd Place) (DAN)
Aaron Hadlow (3rd Place) (UK)
Kevin Langeree (Winner of Cold Hawaii Games) (NED)
Steven Akkersdijk (NED)
Angely Bouillot (FRA)
Tom Bridge (GBR)
Airton Cozzolino (Cape Verde)
Ulrich Edgar (FRA)
Joshua Emanuel (RSA)
Val Garat (FRA)
Janek Grzegorzewski (POL)
Arthur Guillebert (FRA)
Stig Hoefnagel (NED)
Marc Jacobs (NZ)
Giel Vlugt (NED)
Lasse Walker (NED)
Liam Whaley (ESP)

Toby was right, no Lewis this year. But strange to see Tom Bridge knowing the importance of board-off in the competition.
And only 1 South African rider.

Thanks for the list... Red Bull site really sucks, seems impossible to find anything from there.

Imo it's great to have Tom in, since he has potential to do something different (awesome style + blind/wrapped landings + high passes). Maybe board-off is not the thing anymore since it seems that now everyone can do it... :?:


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