Red Bull King of the Air: the sky is the limit in Cape Town | Photo: Red Bull

The Red Bull King of the Air has announced the names of the kiteboarders invited for the event scheduled to be run between 31st January and 15th February, 2015, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kevin Langeree, Ruben Lenten, Steven Akkersdijk, Andries Fourie, Aaron Hadlow, Jesse Richman, Tom Herbert, Billy Parker, Nick Jacobsen, Reno Romeu, Gianni Aragno, and Jerrie van de Kop will try to boost the biggest airs in a flag-out competition format.

"I just can't wait for the KOTA 2015 to kick off! To me this event is the most extreme, fun and the best way to show what kiteboarding is all about. The vibe around the event is just magical," explains Kevin Langeree.


Wind Window: know what the Edge, Intermediate and Power zones mean | Illustration: ISAF Beginners Guide to Kiteboarding

The wind window is the fundamental theory behind kiteboarding. Kites fly within the wind window, so you must learn how to manage the edge/neutral zone, the intermediate/soft zone, and the power zone.

What is the wind window? How do kiteboarders use the wind window to speed up and change directions? Understanding the concept of the wind window is critical if you want to progress in the sport of kiteboarding.

Basically, the wind window is the name given to the three-dimensional area downwind of the pilot that the kite can fly in. The length of the kite lines will determine the radius of that a particular wind window.


Liam Whaley: he is ready to claim the world title | Photo: PKRA/Toby Bromwich

Liam Whaley and Gisela Pulido have ignited the PKRA World Tour 2014 by conquering Barra Grande Kiteboarding Grand Slam, in Brazil.

The last day of competition saw riders taking out their largest kites in the first heats. The Women's division would have a Bruna Kajiya versus Gisela Pulido final clash, a rare confrontation in the current season.

Kajiya failed to land many tricks and crashes took place. Pulido, who also wasn't having a fantastic final managed to show enough to take the overall victory. Her world title hopes are alive, but she must win the next two stops in China in order to open champagne.