Red Bull King of the Air Kitesurfing Competition


Some 653 days after Cape Town’s Kite Beach saw the extreme Big Air kitesurfing action, the world’s best Big Air kiters have taken to the skies again.

Saturday, November 20 saw near ideal conditions for Round 1 of the Red Bull King of the Air 2021. Southeasterly winds 25 to 30 knots and waves 2 to 4 feet (1 m) off Kite Beach at Blouberg provided the perfect curtain raiser for what promises to be an epic Sunday of big air kiting action.

Janek Grzegorzewski

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Streamed to fans around the world, those who were glued to the action were rewarded with an epic action-packed non-elimination first round.


  • Young Pole Janek Grzegorzewski stood out from the round, pulling off the very first Frontroll Contraloop Board Off (which included four spins) which earned him a score of 9.4, the highest movement score on record.

  • A very focused Marc Jacobs ran calculated heat, producing a massive boogie loop and Contraloop Board-off to secure a comfortable victory.

  • Two-time champion Aaron Hadlow won his round professionally, doing enough to secure a victory in the round but without showing all his cards.

Marc Jacobs

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The forecast looks very promising to crown a King on Sunday, November 21, with the first possible start being at 1:00 p.m. CAT.