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  1. 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
  2. 2018 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton

    European champion Guy Bridge breaks Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton record 1). 2018 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton Fremantle, Western Australia: A convincing win by 19-year-old Guy Bridge from Devon, UK saw a new race record set at today’s Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race from Rottnest Island. Within five minutes of the race start there was already a clear winner. The Current European Champion flew in front of the field from the start on his hydrofoil board and grew his lead as he crossed the Indian Ocean from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach in Fremantle in just 18 minutes, 49 seconds. In a solid 20kn winds and under clear blue skies, Guy shaved 45 seconds off the race record set in 2016. Guy said the conditions were perfect for the 19km crossing. “I’m pretty stoked. There was no seaweed and plenty of wind, there wasn’t too much swell so it was really perfect,” Guy said. “I went a lot faster than last year, it’s pretty incredible to have managed to get the extra distance ahead in the race to beat the record,” he said. First woman across the line was Twin Tip rider Rachael Hughes, who is from New Zealand but currently living in Safety Bay in Western Australia. Rachael said she was surprised to win. “It was a great race, really fun. I wasn’t expecting to win. It’s always a toss-up which kite you’re going to race with so there is some luck involved too. The wind was pretty good the whole way across, I got in the shadow of one of the ships out there for a bit but then was ok the rest of the race.” 2). 2018 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton Winner of the Mens Twin Tip category was Dan Anderson from Coolbellup in WA in a time of 26 minutes 45 seconds. Rachael won the Twin Tip division, and Claire May won the open category. This year’s Marc Sprod Memorial Trophy, awarded to the fastest West Australian, was presented to Alty Frisby from Samson, Western Australia. Alty is a past winner of this award, winning it in 2016. He placed second overall with a time of 21 minutes 14 seconds. He said despite his board giving him some initial issues, he managed to catch up some time lost at the start and was stoked finishing in second. “It’s fantastic to win the Marc Sprod Trophy for a second time. I knew Marc before he died because he was part of the crew. I’m very happy. “My hydrofoil was misbehaving, sort of kicking as though I was dragging some seaweed, but there was none there. There was nothing to do but just ride through it. I was quite unstable for a lot of the time but I kept pushing, going consistent rather than trying to go too fast. I watched other people crash and kept going and pushed it towards the end because I didn’t have much to lose. “I was probably 5th or 6th til about half way, then people started dropping. Then I was 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd and about a kilometre before the end I thought oh my goodness I can do this! “The wind wasn’t as strong as it was predicted so I was very comfortable I had the right sized kite and good equipment for the day,” he said. Current National Kitefoil Champion Mani Bisschops placed third overall in a time of 21 minutes, 17 seconds. 135 local, interstate and international kiteboarders took on the open ocean race this afternoon. Winners shared more than $5000 in prizemoney. 3). Guy Bridge, Alty Frisby, Mani Bisschops Mens Overall and Mens Foil 1 Guy Bridge 18:49 2 Alty Frisby 21:14 3 Mani Bisschops 21:17 4). Dan Anderson, Ben Field, Jonathan Steel Mens Twintip 1 Dan Anderson 26:45 2 Ben Field 29:00 3 Jonathan Steel 29:15 5). Claire May, Kate Reynolds, Natalie Broughton Womens Foil 1 Claire May 36:50 2 Kate Reynolds 37:43 3 Natalie Broughton 38:50 6). Rachael Hughes, Cristina Gaudieri, Kathryn Davies Womens Twintip 1 Rachael Hughes (fastest woman) 31:10 2 Cristina Gaudieri 32:56 3 Kathryn Davies 33:00 Photos and text by: facebook.com/Lighthouse2Leighton
  3. Kevin Langeree, the winner of this year's Red Bull King of the Air made us wait 8 months for the video from this event – but it was worth waiting! Photographer Credit: Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool
  4. Florian Gruber Wins Red Bull Ragnarok 2018

    Florian Gruber wins Red Bull Ragnarok, the hardest snowkiting race in the world. Venue at Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on April 6, 2018. Photographer Credit: Daniel Tengs/Red Bull Content Pool The ninth edition of Red Bull Ragnarok took place once again in the wilderness of Hardangervidda with racers facing one of the hardest editions to date. More than 350 participants from 30 nations travelled to the famous plateau in Norway with the aim of snowkiting five laps of a brutal course on either skis or snowboard. Red Bull Ragnarok is the biggest snowkiting event in the world, with 2018 seeing 350 competitors from 30 nations take on the challenge. The race format is a mass start, with the skiers and snowboarders then attempting to complete five full laps (a total of 105km) in the five-hour time limit. The ultimate objective is to see who can complete the course in the shortest possible time using kite power alone. Participants compete at Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on April 6, 2018. Photographer Credit: Kyle Meyr / Red Bull Content Pool This year's course was cut by 25km due to only eight participants being able to finish all five rounds in 2017. The wind died down at the end of the day however, and only three people made it across the finish line in time. Venue at Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on April 6, 2018. Photographer Credit: Daniel Tengs/Red Bull Content Pool Florian Gruber from Germany beat last year's winner Felix Kersten by only two minutes after four hours of racing with Jonas Lengwiler clinching the third place in the men's ski category. Gruber, who also won in 2016, said: “This is my third time competing in this race, and this is the toughest Red Bull Ragnarok I have done for sure! At first we had good wind and smaller kites, but then we had to rig bigger. I always saw people in front of me, and managed to catch up with Felix and Jonas right before the last lap. It was a tough fight and the wind was up and down, so I am super happy to win this battle.” Steph Bridge competes at Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on April 6, 2018. Photographer Credit: Kyle Meyr / Red Bull Content Pool On the women's side of the skiing competition, British Ragnarok veteran Steph Bridge claimed her fourth title in front of the two Norwegians Frøydis Sjøvold and Camilla Ringvold. No snowboarders made it across the finish line in time this year due to the wind dying down during the last hour of the race. Valeria Garashenko of Russia and Peter Martel of Canada came closest, so took home the victories. In 2016 only 25 out of 350 kiters completed all five laps (100 km). In 2017 only 8 out of 350 kiters completed all five laps (130 km). In 2018 only 3 out of 350 completed all five laps (105 km). Florian Gruber wins at Red Bull Ragnarok in Hardangervidda, Norway on April 6, 2018. Photographer Credit: Kyle Meyr / Red Bull Content Pool Men’s Ski Florian Gruber (GER) Felix Kersten (GER) Jonas Lengwiler (SUI) Men’s Snowboard Peter Martel (CAN) Ronny Bollhalder (SUI) Nikita Solokov (AUT) Women’s Ski Steph Bridge (GBR) Camilla Ringvold (NOR) Frøydis Sjøvold (NOR) Women’s Snowboard Valeria Garaschenko (RUS) Marie-Eve Mayland (CAN) Aija Ambrasa (LAT) Full Results Highlights of the 2018 Red Bull Ragnarok
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