Red Bull King of the Air: Day 2

26 Feb 2016 /
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Powerful winds and enormous waves have been hitting Big Bay and finally, it appears like the "Red Bull King Of The Air" will have the settings it needs. The wind is over 30 knots, the waves are getting huge, and the contenders are eager for action. They have been patiently waiting since Wednesday for the competition to kick off once again!

After finishing the 1st round and several heats of Round 2 on Wednesday, Sunday’s finals will start off with Heat 9. This particular heat was delayed last Wednesday because of insufficient wind; obviously the moment the green flag was raised the contestants were eager to jump in the water! It was a sudden death round; a single rider will be flagged out after 9 minutes of the 15 heats, and the 2 contenders left will fight it out to get a place in round 3.

Round 2 began with Sam Light getting a few massive unhooked airs as well as mega loops. Marc Jacobs began with an enormous dangle pass and a few intense mega loops to get his first score on the board. Youri Zoon actually entered into the game a bit late but kicked of with a great mega loop straight away and jumped onto the scoreboard! At the end, the judges granted Heat 9 to Marc Jacobs. Heat 10 was given to Willem, flagging out Steven Akkersidjk. Oli Sweeney who pulled off a huge mega loop and got the opportunity to prove himself in the third round.

Round 3 includes 4 riders in every heat, one will get flagged out right after 9 minutes, 3 remain on however only 2 riders move through. In heat 11, Lasse Walker had taken the win launching off some humungous airs with huge mega loops while Andries Fourie, the local South African, placed 2nd, giving the crowd a great mega loop right on the inside. Heat 12 was truly one to watch. Tom Hebert together with his New Calidonian Style – “Keeping It Stlyish” comes up against local favourite Oswald Smith, Brazilian Reno Romeu and former champion and all round hangtime and board off expert Kevin Langeree. Oswald Smith kicked off with a few huge mega loops right in the beginning, however he’s is up against the technical assault of Kevin Langeree and his 10 metre kite. At the end the judges score it having Kevin Langeree in the first place while Reno sneaked into second place with a las tminute move.

Heat 13 was opened up by Lewis, who's recently been training hard especially for this event. There was clearly a close battle in between Nick Jacobsen and Aaron Hadlow as well as, however Aaron has the draw card of his well-known mega loop KGB that he can only do. It is a good thing as Nick Jacobsen’s moves are huge and stylish like his big one-footed mega loop. In the end, Lewis takes the sought after first place while Aaron in second place. This could have basically been a final. Heat 14 was a great fight between Jesse Richman, the hot favorite for this particular heat, however you can’t be certain when Marc Jacobs and Alex Pastor are in the water too. Let’s not underestimate the newbie to the event Gijs Wassenaar who had a fantastic heat on the first round to advance directly to Round 3! Heat 14 concluded having Jesse in the number one spot, Jacobs in 2nd and advancing towards the semi-finals with Gijs banished to the beach for the rest of the day.

SEMI FINALS

Heat 15 was really a fight in between Lasse Walker, Aaron Hadlow, Kevin Langaree and Marc Jacobs. Kevin opened up early on having a solid kite loop and that landed extremely smoothly. Lasse takes action having a huge mega loop however Aaron Hadlow retorted with a massive stalled mega loop which happens to be the highest kite loop for that heat! Kevin Langeree took the heat, and Aaron just does enough to get into 2nd place. Lasse Walker had a huge crash and had to be saved by the rescue boat and taken to hospital to make sure he was ok. Everyone was wondering why Marc Jacobs was using a North Vegas during the heat, but it turned out that his kite burst right before his.

Heat 16 started with Jesse showed going for broke with having a massive triple back roll spanning a the entire distance of Big Bay while his kite helicoptered above his head, while Reno hits a massive kite loop and lands it ellegantly. A moment later, Lewis opts for a massive kite loop however lands a huge crash.

Lewis was in serious trouble, but luckily his fellow contestants came to his rescue. Andries Fourie played a big part, and actually ended up body dragging Lewis into the beach. Eventually the life gaurds made it to Lewis and got him on a stretcher to get him off the beach.

Lewis had to head to the hospital. The competition was then delayed for more than one hour while everyone waited for the ambulances to return so that a full safety contingent could be present on the beach. Once the heat started again, Jesse launched a massive double back roll, Reno opened up his efforts having an unbelievably high kite loop while Andries gets on the board having a high mega loop along with a tail grab. The outcome was that Jesse did enough to win the judges over, Reno advanced into the final while Andries had to accept third, and fifth overall once again.

FINALS

With the wind still pumping, and several big wave kickers rolling into the bay the audience was going going insane! This is what everyone had been waiting for. 3 King Of The Air champions (Aaron Hadlow, Kevin Langeree and Jesse Richman) in the very same heat and a keen Brazilian (Reno Romeu) out to take some heads. The final battle was obviously a hard one to decide, Jesse made some great kite loop handle passes that would score well, Aaron used his trademark kite loop KGB, that nobody else has been able to do despite Mark Jacobs and Oswald trying, and Kevin as always busting huge.

Finally we had our results. Kevin received the Mystic Move Of The Event with his mega loop front roll 1 footer and 3rd palce. Aaron Hadlow once who is named the "2016 Red Bull King Of The Air winner" and defends his title and is the first person to win two titles or two in a row!

Results are as follows:

1st: Aaron Hadlow

2nd: Jesse Richman

3rd: Kevin Lanagree

4th: Reno Romeu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D-V3NNtR-s




Red Bull King of the Air: Day 1

11 Feb 2016 /
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Cape Town’s Big Bay is ready to host the world’s finest Big Air kiteboarding professionals. Within the last 3 years, they have taken part in what is essentially thought to be the epitome of big air kiteboarding, the “Red Bull King of the Air“. Previous champions such as Aaron Hadlow, Kevin Langeree, Jesse Richman as well as others are the invitees which will take part in the iconic South African competition. The event will happen at Big Bay on Cape Town’s West Coast, on the windiest day between the 30th of January and the 14th of February. A legendary list of the best big air kiteboarding riders has been reported to attend for the 2016 championship title which includes the defending champion himself, Aaron Hadlow. Just like last year, the event expects 24 of the world’s leading aerobatic riders – the top 12 competitors in the 2015 exhibition, 4 wild card competitors as well as 8 newcomers chosen from web video competition entries. Be ready to go toe-to-toe in an exhilarating showdown of gravity-defying maneuvers and big air tricks.

On Wednesday (February 3), the “Cape Doctor” covered the iconic Table Mountain in its ‘table cloth’. The wind only came through quite late around 16:30 local time. When the waves also showed up, the best big-air kiters around the world immediately released their kites, hitting the 3-4 foot ramps at Big Bay and entertaining the devoted viewers with the tricks they had been waiting for. Finally, the Red Bull King of the Air 2016 commences!

It started out with a bang from the former South African freestyle champion Ozzy Smith, who was only outdone by pro big air rider, Lasse Walker. The two of them would progress to round 3 straight away, while those in 3rd and 4th place being religated into the Round Two elimination heats.

It’s always a challenge for riders to start in the opening heat of the event and they proved that the riders could handle the conditions and come out with something extraordinary. One of the greatest highlights of the day was Tom Herbert and his big air style. He won his heat beating Jerry van de Kop. Kevin Langeree, the former champion in 2014 and runner-up in 2015, was soaring and threw the highest air at that time which measured around 15.9 meters, according to the Woo Sports device the riders were wearing. However, he was beaten by Antonin Rangin who got the better of him due to the incredible variety on his tricks.

Other riders also stoodout in the round including the 2013 champion, Jesse Richman. The Hawaiian, known to ride using straps instead of bindings, lost his board at the onset on his signature ‘go-for-broke’ technique and needed to acquire another one from his kite caddy.

Another impressive trick was from Reno Romeo. He pulled a huge triple front roll with a number of kite loops. Remeo showed the way he was concentrating on variety in his heat in order to please all of the judges.

The ultimate heat of Round 1 included the 2015 defending champion Aaron Hadlow. The five-time world champion easily went on from where he ended a year ago by giving an incredible Megaloop KGB – a thing nobody anticipated that early. This asks the question, ‘just what else does he have up his sleeve?’

As the sun starting to set on the horizon there was just enough light to do the first 2 heats of Round 2. In round two if you do not progress to round 3 your competition is over.

The downfall of Sam Medysky was one of the greatest disappointments of the day. Day 2 will continue once the wind comes through again.

Make sure to check back for our report on Day 2 of the Red Bull King of the Air. We will leave you with a clip of Lewis Crathern’s Huge Crash. We hope he gets better soon.

 




The Top Ten Kite Shapes for Fun Flying

09 Dec 2015 /
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If you have a kid or are a kid at heart, you owe it to yourself to enjoy some fun outside by flying a kite. There are a lot of different types of kites that you can choose between in order to enjoy and experience this. These kites have such fun shapes that you will be able to take advantage of in order to watch them soar high. If you want to buy a kite and take it for a fly far up above, consider these top ten kite shapes for fun flying.

1: Wing Shaped Kite

This kind of kite is majestic and beautiful to look at simply because of its winged shape. There are a lot of colors and designs that you can purchase to match the shape.

2: Flexible Shaped Kite

There are some kites that are free form and do not adhere to any particular state. This way, they will switch shape depending on the movement of the wind.

3: Diamond Shaped Kite

There are a few shapes more aerodynamic than the diamond shaped kite. This kite will fly high and will be fun to try out.

4: Triangle Shaped Kite

This type takes it back to basics, but has plenty of aerodynamic lift.

5: Arc Shaped Kite

If you really want your kind to soar high, this shape will flow and bounce for hours, catching the lift of the wind.

6: Pirate Ship Shaped Kite

Everybody loves a good pirate story. You get to live out that story using one of these kites.

7: Plane Shaped Kite

There are many kites that our shaped this way and come complete with decks and propellers.

8: Bird Shaped Kite

If you can’t fly like a bird, at least your kite can. This provides a great visual as your kite soars above the clouds.

9: Square And Rectangle Shaped Kite

There are many types with stacked squares and rectangles, creating an interesting double-decker effect. Find out more here

10: Traditional Shaped Kite

When in doubt, go with Old Faithful and fly high.

As you can see, there are a lot of different kite shapes that you can choose between each possessing its own merit. If you want to buy a kite, you should be sure that you reach out to a hobby shop that can sell you a great one. This way, you will enjoy your afternoon flying a kite on a beautiful day.




Quality Kitesurfing Lessons in Cape Town

27 Nov 2015 /
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Do you want to learn how to go kitesurfing? There are so many people in Cape Town who want to be able to do this but just can’t seem to find the right program to join. It is not hard when you go with the best in town as that is the best option for you. Let’s take a look at the finest kitesurfing lessons Cape Town has to offer and the value you are going to get out of them as soon as you begin. It simply does not get better than this for you.

Professional

Don’t you want to go with those who are going to understand the importance of time management and doing things the right way? Don’t you want those who are going to customize the lessons in order to ensure you are getting full value out of each tip that is being given? This is what you will appreciate the most at the end of the day and what you should be going for. Those who don’t do this are the ones who are not going to learn kitesurfing the way it should be learned.

Focus on going with those who are highly professional and will put in the time for you.

Proven

Always go with those who are proven because you are not going to want an instructor who is not able to pinpoint this and get the job done. It will simply get in the way and you are not going to be content at all. You should always be looking at this whenever you get a chance because the moment you don’t, it is going to have an impact on your confidence and that is the last thing you will desire. Go with a proven instructor and watch as you learn the intricacies immediately.

Safe

You should always be going with those who are safe with the methods they are using because it will make a difference. You will feel confident when you start kitesurfing and that alone is reason enough to make sure this is being considered.

Don’t go with those who are going to be in a rush and are not going to focus in on what you want right away. This is not worth it and is the last thing you should be looking at as time goes on.

Modern Techniques

Kitesurfing lessons Cape Town has to offer is something you are going to love, but only if you are learning all of the modern techniques that are on offer. What is the point of going with a program that is not going to be modern? You are just not going to like it and that is the last thing you will crave.

Always be patient in this regard because the value is going to go through the roof right away.

You are going to truly appreciate the lessons you are getting when you go with the finest in Cape Town. The professionalism will shine through.

Wonderful Locations

Kitesurfing has to be about the locations as those are going to have a role to play as well. This is a wonderful part of South Africa and you will be able to enjoy the sport to its fullest in these waters. It does not matter where you are, Cape Town is the place to be for kitesurfing. So, why not take your lessons in this beautiful locale? It is going to simply add to the experience and that is never a bad thing. It is going to bring a smile to your face.

Kitesurfing lessons Cape Town has to offer begin and end with the level of knowledge the instructor has because there are so many nuances you are going to need to learn. It does not simply come easily and many people assume this at first when that is not the case at all. The goal has to be to learn the ins and outs of this process before going into the water and truly getting a look into what you are doing. This is when you will realize the power of a great kitesurfing program that will guide you through the sport and how it works.




How to Construct Your Own Personal Kite

26 Nov 2015 /
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Creating kites dates back to many years ago for various people from various backgrounds and culture. Besides for flying a homemade kite, creating one is a fantastic method to display your innovative and individual talent in relation to arts-and-crafts. For children who are in search of a fun holiday activity, making your own kite and then been able to fly it in the right weather conditions is ideal.

However, the pre-constructed kites are generally more popular nowadays and their prices are normally inexpensive. Even though many parents or individuals prefer to purchase these pre-arranged kites, making your own kite and the efforts utilized is far more exciting and rewarding. One of the main advantages in making your own kite is that you can choose from a variety of colors and construct the kite to your own personal size or shape. With just a few simple items these steps can support you in making a kite you can be proud of.

The Items You Will Need

•A ruler

•Scissors

•A sharp and clean knife

•A razor

•Plastic bags

•Strings

•A strong and thick fishing line

•Bamboo sticks

Steps To Making Your Own Kite

Step 1

Use your knife for cutting your bamboo into 2 pieces. The longest length of the bamboo will be used for the backbone of your kite and will be placed in a vertical position. The shorter bamboo stick will be placed crossways on the vertical stick. Use your string to tie the sticks together where they meet at the midpoint. To ensure that the lengths that divide this cross section are equal, use your ruler in order to calculate the correct measurements.

Step 2

Use your razor or ask your mom or dad help you to form a tiny incision on the end part of every bamboo stick. This incision will need to be deep enough to ensure the fishing line can easily be placed in them without falling out. Then take your fishing string and insert it into each incision along the length of the kite. Continue by pulling this string around the entire kite until you are able to make a loop on the top part of your kite. Make sure you wrap your string around a couple of times to ensure that your structure is stable.

Step 3

Take your plastic bag and place it under the structure of your kite. Then cut around the shape of your kite with your scissors ensuring you leave enough plastic to wrap around each edge of the triangular shape. Once you have cut out the shape use your glue on the plastic around the borders and wrap the plastic around each border tightly. Make sure you cover the areas where the string is enclosed.

Step 4

Use another length of string and connect the string at each end. Once you have completed this step fasten the string at the point where the sticks cross over in the center. This is the point where your string will enable you to fly your kite.

Step 5

The last step involves tying a string to the bottom end of your kite to create the tail for your kite.

Warnings And Tips

•In order to re-enforce your frame on your kite use spray glue at the center where the two bamboo sticks meet.

•When you fly your kite, stay away from power lines. If your kite gets tangled in a power line you will not be able to retrieve it.

•You can use these same steps with a few minor adjustments to create different shapes for your kite such as octagons or a squares.

If you would like your kite to have more strength, when constructing your frame, make sure it has a slight bend.

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Are You Searching for the Best Power Kite Brands Today?

26 Nov 2015 /
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Have you been thinking about taking up the hobby of flying kites, and heard that power ones are the best way to go? Are you uncertain about which of the choices out there are really the best power kite brands, and which are not a good value for the money that you are investing in the product? If so, then you need to find the best options that are available to you, and make your choice based upon the criteria that you have deemed important.

Go online and begin your research by searching for power kites and noting what the top selling brands are on the list. You can even visit some of the websites, and filter the search results so that best sellers show at the top of the list, which will likely present the best ones in their price ranges. However, things such as holiday sales can sometimes slant these figures as those who do not know anything about flying kites attempt to make gift purchases for loved ones who are interested or may become interested in this traditional form of play for all ages.

Once you have determined the brands that sell the most, you can start researching each of them to find out the history of the company and the general reputation they have among the public. You can visit the company websites of the kite manufacturers, and read their about us page in order to find out more of the stuff that they are going to share with the public.

Then, you can also visit consumer review websites and read what people like you have to say regarding their experiences with various brands. You will also want to find out which of the models are most successful for the company. Keep in mind that there are many different types of kites out there, and a company may perform better at constructing one type than another. You can refine your searches by power kites in order to make certain that you are focusing upon brands that have a good reputation in this particular area of kite making.

This research will help you to decide which brand and model you wish to choose because you will have looked at the best power kite brands on the market today. Enjoy your time and adventures with your brand new kite!