A posse of female chargers took to the skies last week in CPT to showcase women’s big-air riding
And they sent it!
There were a number of female athletes entered in to the King of the Air this year with some impressive wildcard videos drawing a lot of attention and debate. Whether or not any women would get into the event was a controversial topic, and it hasn’t happened this year, but the riders took matters into their own hands last week and ran their own event – The Queen is Born – with French shredder Angely Bouillot leading the charge both on and off the water.
Little to no budget, no sponsors, no prize money and run by volunteers – the day was all about the love of the sport and pushing women’s kiteboarding forward. KOTA riders Steven Akkersdijk, Aurelien Petreau, Antonin Rangin and Joshua Emanuel were judging and the competitors were absolutely sending it. If anybody was in any doubt about the level of female big-air riding then some of the performances that went down at Queen is Born will have changed that. The top three were going huge and Angely’s mega loops and her massive one-footed loop, frankly, insane.
Here’s a selection of images from the event by photographer Danas Macijauskas.
1: Angely Bouillot – FRA
2: Pippa Van Iersel – NL
3: Gabby Pioraite – LT
The King of the Air waiting period is now open and there’s potential for a first day of competition later on this week. Some of the riders who competed at Queen is Born along with female freestylers like Hannah Whiteley will be throwing down in a women’s only expression session during the event. Don’t miss it!