Scenes from the round one of Red Bull King of the Air at Big Bay.
In true Cape Town style the Cape Doctor (southeaster wind) showed up fashionably late and round one of Red Bull King of the Air got underway at 17:45 on Wednesday 11 February.
Six heats made for two hours of high-flying ‘flag-out’ action for the capacity crowd on the beach and those glued to the webcast all round the world.
Let’s do this
Local favourite Andries Fourie prepares his gear.
Soundtrack to the action
Richard Marshall on the decks.
The brains trust
Ruben Lenten in front of the capacity crowd.
The brains trust
Sportive Director Sergio Cantagalli leads a discussion on when to start round one.
Sam Light prepares to hit the water for his round one heat. He fell to Billy Parker and Jesse Richman but will have another chance in round two.
2013 King of the Air Jesse Richman opted to ride with straps instead of the boots he’s been riding in for years.
Billy Parker on his way to winning heat one of round one.
Despite having eight stitches in his hand from an accident in training earlier in the day, defending champion Kevin Langeree won his heat.
A capacity crowd watched round one go down.
2014 finalist Steven Akkersdijk flying his way into second place in his round one heat behind Jerrie van de Kop. They will advance directly into round three while third and fourth place have another chance in round two.
2014 runner-up Ruben Lenten mixed technical kite loops and bar spins with stylish big airs to throw down one of the performances of round one and advance into round three.
Thursday’s action is cancelled due to unfavourable weather! It is hoped action will resume on Friday, February 13. Stay tuned for the latest updates.