Aaron Hadlow

I hope to make kitesurfing extreme and stylish!

Aaron Hadlow performs during the opening day of the Red Bull King of the Air at Big Bay, Cape Town, South Africa on February 11th 2015.
© Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Aaron Hadlow. My discipline is kitesurfing freestyle. My friends call me Azza. I was born on 4 October 1988 in England, United Kingdom. My special talent is wake/cable boarding, surfing, football. My philosophy of life is experience as much as you can while having the most fun possible. The most important person in my life is my family. My favourite food is English food. My favourite music is hip-hop/rap, minimal, new rock.


Kitesurfing is all about sun-kissed beaches in tropical locations, right? Not if you’re a kid from the UK it isn’t! Which is why Aaron Hadlow's almost complete domination of the sport is so amazing.

Aaron’s first kiting encounter was at age 10, spurred on by his father’s participation in the fledgling sport. Despite the unlikely training ground of England’s south coast, Aaron quickly mastered the skills he needed to compete at the highest level. Honing those skills with winters spent in South Africa, he’s since taken an astonishing five world titles and continues to set the bar for his competitors with a complete repertoire of tricks.

Aaron has always been sports-mad. He was into football as a child but was fascinated by the possibilities available from the relatively new sport of kitesurfing. His motivation stems from his thirst to learn. After three years of riding from the age of 14, Aaron found himself competing with the best in the business.

He won the championship in 2004 aged just 17. He knew to stay at the top he had to continue to innovate and learn new tricks that no one else knew how to do. This kept him at the top for five years on the trot. After being on tour for seven years, Aaron decided to take some time out to build his brand, image and fan base by releasing videos and doing demos to inspire others to get involved in the sport.

After the release of his Aspire film – a collaboration with Andy Gordon – Aaron made a return to competition, once again finding himself on the podium at a number of PKRA events. He won Red Bull King of the Air at Big Bay in Cape Town with massive airs in both 2015 and 2016.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Red Bull King of the Air

      Big Bay, Blouberg, Cape Town, South Africa

  2. 2015
    1. 1st Place: Pringles Kitesurf World Cup 2015

      Sankt Peter-Ording, Germany

    2. 1st Place: Red Bull King of the Air

      Big Bay, Blouberg, Cape Town, South Africa

  3. 2014
    1. 2nd Place Overall: Panama Kiteboard World Cup

      Punta Chame, Panama

  4. 2013
    1. 2nd Place: PKRA World Tour - Freestyle

      Pingtan Island, China

  5. 2009
    1. 1st Place: PKRA World Tour - Freestyle

      Leucate, France

    2. 1st Place: PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Freestyle

      Fuerteventura, Spain

  6. 2008
    1. 1st Place: PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam

      Fuerteventura, Spain