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Red Bull King of the Air 2017

Red Bull King of the Air 2017

Period: Jan 21 - Feb 5, 2017
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

The world’s best kiteboarding aerialists will again converge in South Africa for Red Bull King of the Air 2017. For the fifth year running the event returns to Big Bay in Cape Town with the window period extending from 21 January to 5 February - the competition being run on the windiest day in that period.

Cape Town and its prolific summer South-Easter will once again play host to the world’s most progressive kiteboarders as they go head-to-head to see who rules the sky. Only the finest are selected to ride. Some of the planet's most progressive kiteboarders make up the field - these are the top 12 from Red Bull King of the Air 2016 (with the exception of crowd-favourite Ruben Lenten, due to illness); with the remainder of the field made up from video contest entries (selected by the judging panel) and two wildcards.

The contest will be run on a 18-man, single-elimination “FLAG-OUT” format.  “FLAG-OUT” format schedule of heats – All riders will have a different coloured lycra vest on when they hit the water. Each rider/colour is related to the same colour flag on the beach. As a rider gets flagged- out, that colour flag will come down. The colour flags are placed on the beach, (next to the Beach Marshal’s check-in spot) situated straight from or slightly down from the launching area. The "FLAG- OUT" system will be used on each heat of the contest.

The best kiteboarders in the world pushing the limits of altitude and flight distance in high winds. Big Bay beach, with Eden On The Bay constructed craftily around it, forms the perfect amphitheater to witness the most extreme kiteboarding competition. Then there’s iconic Table Mountain as the backdrop…even if watching guys with kites fly impossibly high is not your thing, it’s an idyllic place to spend the afternoon.

For more details, please visit the official website.