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  1. Ross-Dillon Player rides the storm to triumph at Red Bull Megaloop. Zandvoort, Netherlands - June 8 2019 1). Participants in action during the Red Bull Megaloop in Zandvoort, The Netherlands on june 8 2019. Photographer Credit: Jarno Schurgers/Red Bull Content Pool After a two-year wait, wind and waves finally aligned to create perfect conditions for extreme kitesurfing competition Red Bull Megaloop, with young South African Ross-Dillon Player claiming the 2019 crown. The event was only confirmed on Thursday, when the weekend weather forecasts predicted winds of over 40 knots would hit the Dutch coast at Zandvoort. This gave the invited field of 16 international kiteboarders just 48 hours to make their way to the venue. 2). Participants in action during the Red Bull Megaloop in Zandvoort, The Netherlands on june 8 2019. Photographer Credit: Jarno Schurgers/Red Bull Content Pool The 16 participating athletes this year came from France, South Africa, Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands. Over 8,000 fans defied force-nine gale conditions to turn out to watch the action from the beach at Zandvoort's The Spot watersport club. The competition format pits riders against each other in heats of four, with each trying to perform the biggest tricks using the megaloop technique. Judges award points based on height, distance, style and performance of the megaloops, so one perfect jump within the heat’s time limit could see a rider progress to the next round. 3). Lasse Walker in action during the Red Bull Megaloop in Zandvoort, The Netherlands on june 8 2019. Photographer Credit: Jarno Schurgers/Red Bull Content Pool Conditions were initially difficult for the riders, with wave selection key on the choppy waters, but we were soon seeing them boosting up to 15m vertically and 50m in distance. The final heat saw two South Africans, Ross-Dillon Player and Oswald Smith, pitted against local favourite Lasse Walker and Spain-based Liam Whaley. Player laid down a strong early marker and held on to top spot throughout what was an extremely close finale. He eventually finished with a 7.90, just 0.3 points ahead of compatriot Smith. Walker’s 7.47 was enough to claim the final podium spot. Speaking after the event, a clearly emotional Player said: “Coming from the first round I thought I was going home, but after that I won every heat. That's four heats. I can't believe it, it just went so well.” 4). Price giving of the Red Bull Megaloop in Zandvoort, The Netherlands on Saturday 8 June, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool Red Bull Megaloop 2019 1. Ross-Dillon Player 7.90 2. Oswald Smith 7.60 3. Lasse Walker 7.47 4. Liam Whaley 6.83 2019 Red Bull Megaloop - Highlights Red Bull Megaloop has now been held four times since 2013. Previous winners are Jerrie van de Kop in 2013, Lasse Walker in 2015 and Joshua Emanuel in 2017. by: Red Bull Content Pool
  2. Two pro Dutch kitesurfers, Lasse Walker and Steven Akkersdijk, go snowkiting for the first time during the world's most extreme snowkite event.
  3. 2019 Red Bull Ragnarok

    World’s toughest snowkiting race fills frozen plateau with colour. Red Bull Ragnarok returns to Norway’s stunning Hardangervidda for a 10th time. 1). Participants at the start during the Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on Saturday 6 April, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool The skies above the starkly beautiful wilderness of Hardangervidda were once again filled with hundreds of kites as 250 participants from 30 different nations tackled the gruelling five-lap course. Competitors took on the challenge on either skis or snowboards, with only the very hardiest managing to overcome the changeable wind conditions to go the full distance. 2). Participant performs during the Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on Saturday 6 April, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool The world’s biggest snowkite race, Red Bull Ragnarok is held in Hardangervidda, the largest mainland national park in Scandinavia. Participants attempt to use kite power alone to complete five laps of the course in the shortest possible time. The race format is a mass start and the kiters then have a five-hour time limit to finish the course. 3). Bruce Kessler performs during the Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on Saturday 5 April, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool Winner of the men’s ski category was Felix Kersten of Germany, who crossed the line in 3h 10m to claim his third title and his first since 2017. Speaking after the race, Kersten said: “This year's race was quite tough, because after the first round the wind died completely and we had to walk a little bit. I was in front, but I saw everyone was catching up to me and I lost a little bit. In the second lap I overtook them again, and from this point I was in the lead and I took it o the end!” 4). Participant performs during the Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on Friday 5 April, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool There was a familiar face at the top of the women’s ski podium: Steph Bridge of the UK won her fifth consecutive title and crossed the finish line for the very first time. She completed the course in 4h 45m. Bruce Kessler took the men’s snowboard win with a time of 3h 23m. The 19-year-old from Switzerland had previously won silver here on skis, but this was his first title. The women’s snowboard was won by Aija Ambrasa from Latvia. She came close to finishing four laps and claimed the gold ahead of Norwegians Kirsti Henriksen and Sigrid K. Gaup Aamot. 5). Participants perform during the Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on Saturday 5 April, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool The event name is inspired by Norse mythology, where Ragnarök is the final battle between good and evil. In 2016 only 25 out of 350 kiters completed all five laps (100 km). In 2017 only eight out of 350 kiters completed all five laps (130 km). In 2018 only three out of 350 completed all five laps (105 km). This year saw 13 of out of 250 complete all five laps (105km). 6). Participants perform at Red Bull Ragnarok in Haugastol, Norway on April 6, 2019. Photographer Credit: Mats Grimsæth / Red Bull Content Pool Red Bull Ragnarok 2019 results: Men’s ski Felix Kersten (GER) Dmytro Yasnolobov (UKR) Daniel Riegler (AUT) Men’s snowboard Bruce Kessler (SUI) Peter Martel (CAN) Christian Labbe (CAN) Women’s ski Steph Bridge (GBR) Jennie Milton (AUS) Lorenza Malaguti (CAN) Women’s snowboard Ajja Ambrasa (LAT) Kirsti Henriksen (NOR) Sigrid K. Gaup Aamot (NOR) 7). Kersten Felix celebrate after winning the Red Bull Ragnarok in Haugastol, Norway on April 6, 2019. Photographer Credit: Mats Grimsæth / Red Bull Content Pool by: redbullcontentpool
  4. We invite you to watch one more and possibly the last video from this year's Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town. This time we focus on the finale which took place between Jesse Richman, Liam Whaley and Kevin Langeree.
  5. Kevin Langeree rotated brilliantly through the air in high winds on Wednesday in South Africa to become the first person to win kiteboarding spectacular Red Bull King of the Air three times. 1). Trophy detail at Red Bull King Of The Air at Kitebeach, Cape Town on January 26, 2018. Photographer Credit: Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool This year's action started on January 31 with two-time winner Aaron Hadlow (UK) crashing out in round two with a rib injury, while South Africans Joshua Emanuel and Ross-Dillon Player also exited in round four. 2). Kevin Langeree performs during Red Bull King Of The Air, Kite Beach, Cape Town on February 6, 2019. Photographer Credit: Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool The famous 'Cape Doctor' wind then rolled into Cape Town's Kite Beach on February 6 to hand the world's best kiteboarders the chance to unleash big air tricks. 3). Liam Whaley perform during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool Only six remained out of 18 for the last two rounds with Dutchman Langeree drawing on his two titles in 2014 and 2018 to triumph - thanks to breathtaking rotations in ferocious high winds - with American Jesse Richman second and Spain's Liam Whaley third. 4). Kevin Langere perform during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool Langeree, 30, said: "This feels amazing! I put so much time into training and coming out on top is just magical as there was a lot of pressure on me as defending champ. Jesse and Liam were on fire and went big. I had to pull everything out of the bag. I couldn't be happier!" 5). Keving Langeree perform during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool Head judge Alex Vliege added: "The action was mind blowing. You can see this is the best big air event of the year – it shows in the combinations. They're innovating tricks and combos year-on-year, evolving the sport." 6). Aurélien Pétreau perform during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool The Mystic ‘Most Extreme Move’ award went to 2013 champion Richman for his powered ‘kung fu 1080 handlepass’ on the first day and he took home $1000. 7). Nick Jacobsen perform during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool 8). Lasse Walker perform during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool 9). Jesse Richman perform during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool 10). Marc Jacobsen perform during the Red Bull King of the Air Super Session in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool 11). Keving langeree seen during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool 12). Price giving during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 Photographer Credit: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool Red Bull King of the Air fact file. The very first Red Bull King of the Air ran at the hallowed windsurfing spot, Ho’okipa, on the Hawaiian islands of Maui in 2000 with the event evolving into how high and far competitors could go in storm force winds. Riders like Ruben Lenten began throwing ‘mega loops’ up to 40 feet high, which saw the event move to Cape Town in 2013 where it has stayed ever since. Crowds up to 13,000 pack the shoreline to see riders hit speeds of around 30 knots, often aided by a south-easterly wind known as the ‘Cape Doctor’. Judges look at Extreme Big Air and Overall Impression with height (70%) favoured over extremity (30%) and the three best tricks of a run counted. A fourth unique score for overall impression is determined by considering technical difficulty, style, variety, execution, risk, show and innovation. by: redbullcontentpool.com
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