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Kevin Langeree Is the 2014 Red Bull King of the Air

Cape Town’s Big Bay became the scene of an amazing kiteboarding event over the past weekend: the prestigious Red Bull King of the Air. 24 of the world’s elite riders descended upon the amazing waters of South Africa to compete head-to-head in a unique ‘flag out’ competition.

You can imagine that all riders staged a stunning performance, but it all came down to the final in which Dutchman Kevin Langeree faced his compatriots Ruben Lenten and Steven Akkersdijk in the battle for the King of the Air title.

Based on height, creativity and style, the participants’ maneuvers were judged by Alex Vliege (NED), William Bogaards (NED), Greg Thijsse (RSA), Arkadiusz Jerzelkowski (POL), Reinier Korstanje (NED), Ralf Bachsuster (GER) who had their work cut out for them. Kevin proved to be the more determined rider, edging out his fellow compatriots and claiming the supreme title. In front of over 10000 people that gathered on the beach. Ruben Lenten won the second place and Steven Akkersdijk the third one.

At the end he said: “The conditions picked up during the day and I couldn’t have hoped for anything better! The final was definitely tough and every one of us was so close to winning. I definitely had my best heat of the day in the final. This is the third Red Bull King of the Air I’ve competed in and was a title that I didn’t have yet so I was hungry for it. I’m so stoked!”

2014 Red Bull King of the Air results:

1. Kevin Langeree (NED)
2. Ruben Lenten (NED)
3. Steven Akkersdijk (NED)
4. Andries Fourie (RSA)
5. Aaron Hadlow (GBR)
6. Jesse Richman (USA)
7. Tom Herbert (FRA)
8. Billy Parker (GBR)