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    • By Martin Lark
      Red Bull King of the Air is back – the most prestigious big air kiteboarding contest in the world – is undergoing a revamp for 2020 and now is your chance to get your entry in.

      1). Aurélien Pétreau performs during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on February 6, 2019
      Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool
       
      “All the changes are aimed at giving a wider range of riders – both pro and amateur – a shot at competing,” explained Sportive Director, Sergio Cantagalli. “Extreme Big Air Kiteboarding has grown into a fully fledged discipline globally, which, after seven editions, gives us the opportunity to offer something fresh in terms of format,” he said.
       
      The new format will see an increased number of participants in the event through a qualification round, and there will be no gender preferences.
       
      Kiteboarders who think they have what it takes to compete in with the world’d best aerialists in an extreme air contest, are invited to submit a one-minute video of their biggest airs to redbullkingoftheair.com. Entries are open to any riders, male or female, from anywhere in the world.
       

      2).Red Bull King of The Air Event Format
      © Red Bull
       
      The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2019. From these, the event committee will select the top 14 clips. These riders will then earn a spot in the official qualification round. This will take place at a floating Cape Town venue that providing the best conditions somewhere between 24 and 31 January 2020.
       
      Four wildcards will join the 14 invitees in a Dingle format (repecharge) event. The top six riders from this event will then go on to compete against the six top finishers from 2019 in the Red Bull King of the Air main event at Kite Beach, Cape Town. The weather window for the main event will be 1 to 16 February 2020
       
      “Reducing the Main Fleet from 18 to 12 riders will allow us to concentrate the core part of the event in for a pure-adrenaline, extreme kiteboarding showcase,” said Cantagalli.
       
      “This event is unique in that it is in continued evolution with the input of the riders and the judges it is always our aim at improving it,” he added.
       
      According to Cantagalli, the judging panel are looking for video clips featuring big, completed, aerials. “The judges must clearly be able to see the potential of the rider".
       
      EVENT DATES AND CONTEST WINDOWS
       
      23 Jan: Qualifier’s registration day 24 - 31 Jan: Qualifying rounds open window 31 Jan: Finalist’s registration day + opening ceremony 01 - 16 Feb: Main event open window (16 days / 3 weekends)  
      REDBULL.COM/RED-BULL-KING-OF-THE-AIR-2020
       
      Words: RedBull
      Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool
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