Touch the sky: Red Bull King of the Air

In February 2013, Red Bull King of the Air returns after a seven-year hiatus to Cape Town.

Shawn Richman at Red Bull King of the Air© Erik Aeder/Red Bull Content Pool

The world's best kiteboarders are coming to South Africa for an extreme big air competition that's back for the first time since 2005.

With a spectacular new format focused on big airs, riders will try and take extreme kiteboarding to new heights.

In 1999, an event was held on Ho’okipa Beach, Maui, that gave wings to the fledgling sport of kitesurfing and that over the next seven years became the annual playground for some of the world’s most dynamic kitersurfers.

16 of the world's best kiteboarders have been invited by the Red Bull King of the Air committee and they along with eight wildcards will be divided into international and national kiteboarders all aiming to hit the biggest tricks.

The event which will include appearances from Robby Naish and Susi Mai is scheduled to take place on the windiest day in the first two weeks of February.

Marc Ramseier at Red Bull King of the Air© Erik Aeder/Red Bull Content Pool