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Red Bull King of the Air 2016
January 30, 2016 1:00 PM Until February 14, 2016 7:00 PM
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30th Jan - 14th Feb 2016
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. The competition – due to take place at Big Bay on the windiest day between the 30 of January and 14 February – will see 24 riders trying to out-fly each other in a unique format.
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 2015 (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. History
The concept started in 2000 at Ho’okipa on Maui and for five years Red Bull King of The Air staged the biggest one-off annual event at the most epic spots. Then it took an eight-year hiatus, to be reborn in 2013 at Big Bay, in Cape Town. Since then, there have been three epic events with a new king crowned each time, Jesse Richman (2013), Kevin Langeree (2014) and Aaron Hadlow (2015). Event Format
The contest will be run on a 24-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.
To get to the venue, head north by west out of Cape Town on Otto du Plessis and follow the signs to Blouberg/Big Bay Parking is extremely limited. Share lifts or take the MyCiti Bus Take the MyCiti bus all the way to Big Bay. Arrive early as space is limited on the Grand Stand. Bring sunscreen, a hat and warm gear as the chills can set in with the wind toward sunset. Expect to leave in the dark. Stay tuned to @RedBullZA for the latest updates. We'll keep you updated on the date and possible start time, but it will run until sunset, so come out after work if it happens on a weekday.
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