Nitro City: a kiteboarding paradise

The 2014 PKRA World Tour is on. The first stage of the season will showcase the best Freestyle kiteboarders in Nitro City, Panama.

In an unfortunate turn of events, current world champion Alex Pastor dislocated his shoulder while training and will not be able to compete here to defend his title.

Liam Whaley is out this event with a rib injury, and former world champion Youri Zoon is not present either. For the women, Bruna Kajiya returns after suffering a knee injury last season and will almost certainly be battling against the top females to regain her title run.


Kari Schibevaag: Norwegian power

Kari Schibevaag will be riding for the RRD International kiteboarding team.

Whether she's in the big waves or the snowy slopes, Kari Schibevaag is a multiple time world champion. Now, the freestyle and wave kiteboarder will join RRD in this new stage of her life.

"I am really happy to be in the team and I'm enjoying riding the gear in South Africa now. It's a great team, with great equipment and a lot of nice people. I am really happy to be in RRD," says the Norwegian kite rider.


Kevin Langeree: frequent flyer in Cape Town's Big Bay

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.