- 03 February 2014 | Kiteboarding
Kevin Langeree has been crowned the Red Bull King of the Air 2014, at Cape Town, South Africa.
Twenty-four of the world's best kiteboarders were seen up in the skies of the Big Bay, as they went head-to-head in a unique "flag out" competition format. The rules are simple: pull the best, biggest, longest air.
In the Red Bull King of the Air 2014 final, Kevin Langeree managed to edge out his compatriots Ruben Lenten and Steven Akkersdijk to become a champion in front of a 12 000-strong crowd.
"The conditions picked up during the day and I couldn't have hoped for anything better! The final was tough, and every one of us was so close to winning. I definitely had my best heat of the day in the final," says Langeree.
"This is the third Red Bull King of the Air I've competed in and was a title I that I didn't have yet, so I was hungry for it. I'm so stoked!"
An innovative tool available to the judges was Xensr technology. The application measures the height, speed, airtime, gravity loading, location and the 3D motion of the athlete with all data captured at 400 times a second and is accurate to within 3mm, as soon as they land a jump.
All jump data is immediately relayed to judges and live stream. Frenchman Tom Herbert recorded the highest jump of the day - a lofty 25.04 meters.
Red Bull King of the Air 2014 Results:
1. Kevin Langeree (NED)
2. Ruben Lenten (NED)
3. Steven Akkersdijk (NED)
4. Andries Fourie (RSA)
5. Aaron Hadlow (GBR)
5. Jesse Richman (USA)
7. Tom Herbert (FRA)
7. Billy Parker (GBR)