Entries open for the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air

The most extreme big-air kiteboarding contest on African soil is back in 2018. The Red Bull King of the Air will return for the sixth time in 2018 and entries are open now.

Kiteboarders who have what it takes to compete with the world's best aerialists in the most epic conditions Cape Town has to offer need to drop a one-minute edit of their biggest airs on the official website.  

Entries are open to riders from anywhere in the world, but there are only five spots available. The 2018 rider list will be made up of the top 9 from the 2017 event, four invited wildcards, and the top five from the ranking of the online video competition.

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What is kiteboarding?

Kiteboarding, also known as kitesurfing, is a water sport that blends elements and characteristics of wakeboarding, surfing, windsurfing, snowboarding, paragliding, and skateboarding.

Harnessed to a large hand-controlled kite, and powered by the wind, the kiteboarder uses a board (similar to a snowboard, wakeboard or skateboard) to ride and glide across the water.

Kiteboarders are only able to fly their kites through an imaginary wind window. Unlike in windsurfing and other sailing disciplines, kiteboarders need minimum wind speed to get their wings up in the sky.

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Alex Neto and Susi Mai win the 2017 Red Bull Rally dos Ventos

Alex Neto mastered the strong winds blowing across the striking blue lagoons and immense sand dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park to win the second edition of kitesurfing's Red Bull Rally dos Ventos.

The Brazilian star excelled on home soil to defend his title and upset world champion Carlos Mario Bebê in a thrilling finish at the end of a tough competition.

Forty-five competitors battled their way through 65 kilometers of picturesque blue lagoons and huge sand dunes in one of South America's most breathtaking settings.

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The International Surfing Association (ISA) submitted a declaration of intent to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the inclusion of adaptive surfing on the 2024 Summer Paralympics program.

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