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  • Martin Lark
    Martin Lark

    2020 Red Bull King of The Air - New Event Format


    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".




    • 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)




    Words: RedBull

    Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool

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