Red Bull King of the Air: Riding high in Cape Town

Winds (and emotions) were riding high in 2013 as the kiteboarders grabbed some huge air in CT.
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Sam Light performs at Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town's Big Bay on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
Sam Light at Red Bull King of the Air
The country's famed Table Mountain was the perfect backdrop for the 16 invited kiteboarders and eight wildcards to face-off in the unique ‘flag out’ competition format.
At the end of an exciting day, it was American Jesse Richman who edged out Sam Light and Nick Jacobsen to emerge victorious in front of 5,000 spectators.
“I never expected this and I’m so amazingly pumped! Red Bull King of the Air has been the biggest event in the world since the very beginning - I competed in it when I was a little kid and it was the coolest thing ever. To come here and win this event is unbelievable! The best riders in the world were throwing down in the best conditions!”
Jesse Richman at Red Bull King Of The Air at Big Bay, Cape Town, on February 3, 2013.
Winner Jesse Richman in action
Scored by the judging panel of kiteboarder Susi Mai, editor of Kiteworld Magazine and presenter of The Kite Show Jim Gaunt and South African original Red Bull King of the Air alumnus Greg Thijsse, they were judged on the height, creativity and style with which they executed their manoeuvres with airs reaching up to 25 metres.
Godfather of wind-based watersports Robby Naish was in Cape Town to check out the event first hand.
“We’ve been talking about resurrecting Red Bull King of the Air for a while and today we had some of the best conditions - this was best exhibition of high performance kitesurfing I’ve ever seen," he said. "Big Bay was the perfect venue for this event. If this place wasn’t on the map before today, it’s definitely going to be after. I don’t think I've ever seen this many people at a kiteboarding event.”
The venue for Red Bull King of the Air which took place at Big Bay, Cape Town on February 3, 2013.
Cape Town's Big Bay hosted the competition
Final Results
1. Jesse Richman (USA)
2. Nick Jacobsen (DEN)
3. Sam Light (GBR)
4. Youri Zoon (NED)
5= Andries Fourie (RSA)
5= Lewis Crathern (GBR)
7= Gianni Aragno (ESP)
7= Kevin Langeree (NED)