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Marc Jacobs Is the 2021 Red Bull King of the Air

Marc Jacobs has taken out the 2021 Red Bull King of the Air (RBKOTA) in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Kiwi kitesurfer celebrated his 32nd birthday in grand fashion after beating three-time champion RBKOTA Kevin Langeree and rookie Stig Hoefnagel in an action-packed final.

Traditionally run in a weather window from late January to early February, the big air kiteboarding event took place at Kite Beach conditions in the new waiting period from late November to early December.

With non-elimination Round 1 completed on Saturday, the forecast looked ideal to finish the event on Sunday, with winds predicted to reach around 30 knots (55 km/h) south-southeast from 14 pm.

Heralded by the iconic "table cloth" of cloud being pulled over Table Mountain, the infamous Cape Doctor wind showed up fashionably late, just before 15 pm.

But the wind conditions didn't disappoint and stayed constant throughout the afternoon, giving athletes enough of an opportunity to perform.

Some of the top early performances came from the new guard with young guns Janek Grzegorzewski, Giel Vlugt, and eventual finalist Hoefnagel providing huge airs, big scores, and heavy upsets.

2021 Red Bull King of the Air final:
1. Marc Jacobs (NZL) 32.28
2. Kevin Langeree (NED) 27.70
3. Stig Hoefnagel (NED) 26.10