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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby Kitemenn » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:25 am

Pemba wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:45 am
Somehow I'm a bit disappointed. Only two people (PM and CM) that weren't there last year ?
This smells...don't think there was a fair chance for the other people who enterred the competition. Also taking into account most of the other 9 did not perform at such a level it is interesting to add them again and variety would def step it up.

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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby Toby » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:28 am

FINAL NINE PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED FOR RED BULL KING OF THE AIR 2019

(Cape Town, South Africa) – Video entries are now closed for the most prolific big-air Kiteboarding contest in the world. After much deliberation the last nine participants have been chosen and they now secure their place for the final showdown with the hope of taking the title of Red Bull King of the Air 2019 Champion.

Confirmed for the 2019 event are Kevin Langeree, Liam Whaley and Lewis Crathern along with past champions Jesse Richman, Aaron Hadlow and 2017’s winner Nick Jacobsen who missed out on a chance to defend his title due to injury.
Amongst some of the familiar faces like Ruben Lenten, Jerrie Van De Kop and South Africans Josh Emanuel and Ross Dillon Player in the mix, there are also a couple of new names to join the field. GKA Kiteboarding 'Air Games' World Champion, Carlos Mario will make his debut at the event.

“I wanted to compete in the event but I was nervous about it. I had a fear and I didn't like doing freestyle in stronger winds. But after this GKA Air Games season and competing in stronger winds and doing big kite loops, I feel much more ready to compete in Red Bull King of the Air,” says the Brazilian. Mario is joined by Posito Martinez fellow first-timer of the Dominican Republic.

The renowned kiteboarding competition will return to Kite Beach, Cape Town – arguably the Cape’s Mecca for Kitesurfing – for the second time early next year and will have a window period of two weeks in late January and early February 2019 with the competition being run on the windiest day.
Fans are encouraged to keep an eye on the Red Bull King of the Air 2019 website to stay up to date on the final competition days and get ready for the action - Save the date and get ready for some of the most epic airs!

The 18 confirmed participants, in alphabetical order are:
Aaron Hadlow (UK) (2015, 2016 winner)
Aurelien Petreau (France)
Carlos Mario (Brazil)
Gijs Wassenaar (Netherlands)
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)
Steven Akkersdijk (Netherlands)

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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby Toby » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:32 am

great list of riders!

Happy Carlos Mario is in...he has a high chance of winning.

Imagine he wins KOTA as well...

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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby briansuntrax » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:59 am

james wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:57 am
longwhitecloud wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:06 am
I don't get it, what could be more extreme than dangling, board handles and even a possible foil kite?

Follow colin_colin_carroll on insta for coming insider information I guess.

https://www.instagram.com/colin_colin_carroll/
So you get your fully clear and open judging criteria spelt out in advance and you are still not happy? Wtf do you want now? A cost cap on gear so it’s “fair”for the unknown grom?
Preasumably Longwhitecloud is being sarcastic - as these are exactly the things we do not want to see.....

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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby ARK » Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:22 am

Toby wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:32 am
great list of riders!

Happy Carlos Mario is in...he has a high chance of winning.

Imagine he wins KOTA as well...
I feel sorry for Oswald Smith.... i wonder what kite carlos will ride? I believe last year sam rode a SST...

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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby a99 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:10 am

Very academical apporach of Kota, only 1-2 new names every year. So, we need about 15 years to have in general new list of riders comparing from what we see now. It think its to strickly, at least 22-24 number of participats must be in Kota to develop enough fast this sport. And please do finally real time height data of jumps!! Also Queen of the air event please !!

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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby Faxie » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:41 am

Please no Queen of the Air. That would be boring as hell. If the women can loop it hard and with style, just as well let them compete with the guys.

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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby Leon van Bergen » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:07 pm

Nice list! Looking forward to it. I also agree with Faxie!

Gijs Wassenaar is on top of the Woo ranking list with a 29.6 a couple of weeks ago, think we will see a 30+ soon!
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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby Toby » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:07 pm

Faxie wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:41 am
Please no Queen of the Air. That would be boring as hell. If the women can loop it hard and with style, just as well let them compete with the guys.
As much as I would love to have a queen of the air, I must agree that women are not there yet...and if a woman makes it by comparison with guys, she is more than welcome and I sure would support it big time.

Someone should organize a private queen of the air...but with the GKA Air Games we pretty much have events for the ladies too, which the same judging criterias.

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Re: King of the Air 2019 - all info here

Postby Toby » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:09 pm

Leon van Bergen wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:07 pm
Nice list! Looking forward to it.

Gijs Wassenaar is on top of the Woo ranking list with a 29.6 a couple of weeks ago, think we will see a 30+ soon!
I don't like to take credits away for outstanding performance, but....
http://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=2401084

Anyway, he jumps incredible high...but Woo numbers are doubtfully...


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