Media release from Red Bull ZA
10 December 2018 (Cape Town, South Africa)
FINAL RIDERS ANNOUNCED:
CARLOS MARIO TO MAKE HIS RED BULL KING OF THE AIR DEBUT AS A WILDCARD
Video entries are now closed for the most prolific big-air kiteboarding contest in the world. After much deliberation the last nine participants have been chosen and they now secure their place for the final showdown with the hope of taking the title of Red Bull King of the Air 2019 Champion.
Confirmed for the 2019 event are Kevin Langeree, Liam Whaley and Lewis Crathern along with past champions Jesse Richman, Aaron Hadlow and 2017’s winner Nick Jacobsen who missed out on a chance to defend his title in 2018 due to injury.
Amongst some of the familiar faces like Ruben Lenten, Jerrie Van De Kop and South Africans Josh Emanuel and Ross Dillon Player in the mix, there are also a couple of new names to join the field. GKA Kiteboarding ‘Air Games’ World Champion, Carlos Mario will make his debut at the event.
“I wanted to compete in the event but I was nervous about it. I had a fear and I didn’t like doing freestyle in stronger winds. But after this GKA Air Games season and competing in stronger winds and doing big kite loops, I feel much more ready to compete in Red Bull King of the Air,” says the Brazilian. Mario is joined by Posito Martinez fellow first-timer of the Dominican Republic.
The renowned kiteboarding competition will return to Kite Beach, Cape Town – arguably the Cape’s Mecca for Kitesurfing – for the second time early next year and will have a window period of two weeks in late January and early February 2019 with the competition being run on the windiest day.
Fans are encouraged to keep an eye on the Red Bull King of the Air 2019 website to stay up to date on the final competition days and get ready for the action – Save the date and get ready for some of the most epic airs!
The 18 confirmed Red Bull King of the Air 2019 participants, in alphabetical order are:
Aaron Hadlow (UK) (2015, 2016 winner)
Aurelien Petreau (France)
Carlos Mario (Brazil)
Gijs Wassenaar (Netherlands)
Janek Grzegorzewski (Poland) – Replacement for Steven Akkersdijk who’s withdrawn from this year’s event due to an ankle injury
Jerrie Van De Kop (Netherlands)
Jesse Richman (USA) (2013 winner)
Joshua Emanuel (South Africa)
Kevin Langeree (Netherlands) (2014, 2018 winner)
Lasse Walker (Netherlands)
Lewis Crathern (UK)
Liam Whaley (Spain)
Marc Jacobs (New Zealand)
Nick Jacobsen (Denmark) (2017 winner)
Posito Martinez (Dominican Republic)
Ross Dillon Player (South Africa)
Ruben Lenten (Netherlands)
Sam Light (UK)
Jesse Richman was King of the Air in 2013. Watch the interview he did this year with Kiteworld editor and KOTA commentator Jim Gaunt on the subject of fear: