Catching up with the King

2014 King of the Air champ, Kevin Langeree, is back and amped to defend his crown in 2015.
2014 King of the Air Kevin Langeree © Craig Kolesky / Red Bull Content Pool
By Jazz Kuschke

On the rest of your 2014, following the Red Bull King of the Air
Winning the King of the Air was such a great start of the year for me. 2014 was the first year in 11 years where I didn’t compete in any freestyle competitions. The reason for that was because I wanted to focus on some other things kiteboarding has to offer. I’ve been waveriding, SUPing and doing a lot of training for the Red Bull King of the Air. Of course still doing quite a bit of freestyle here and there... 2014 was a really good year for me and I can’t believe how fast it went by. I'm really looking forward what 2015 has to offer.

Dirty Habits went behind the scenes and caught up with the reigning king. Check out more from Dirty Habits on their Facebook page.

On the South African summer
I’ve been in SA now for almost two months already. I just love this place, it windy almost every day the waves are great and the people are very welcoming. I’ve been coming here for the past 10 years to prepare myself for the upcoming seasons. This year I’ve been training really specifically for the event. Super stoked to have some new tricks in the bag and can’t wait to show them during the event.

On equipment
To jump so big you want to trust your gear a 100%. Together with Naish I’ve been doing some very important changes on the torch to make it more stable in high winds. The profile is a lot stiffer which makes the kite a lot more controllable in strong wind, having more control gives me a lot more confidence to jump high and take that little extra risk.

Equipment choice is crucial for this event © Nick Muzik/Red Bull Content Pool

On what he's expecting from the 2015 event
I’m really looking forward to this event because it really shows what kiteboarding is all about. Jumping as high as you can and pulling out some impossible tricks at those hights really pushes us a riders to the max. I just love that feeling and I know all the other riders love that as well. The guys you need to keep an eye on are Jesse Richman, Nick Jacobsen, Ruben Lenten, Stefan Akkersdijk and Tom Herbert.

2014 top3: Steven Akkersdijk, Kevin, Ruben Lenten © Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull Content Pool

On what makes this event so special
This event is so special because it’s a real crowd pleaser but at the same time we as riders are pushing the limits of ourselfs and the sport. Who doesn’t want to see someone jump as high a 24 m on a kite?!

The waiting period for this extreme kiteboarding contest starts on 31 January. Check out redbullkingoftheair.com for more details and join the conversation on Twitter with #kingoftheair.

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