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KTA News:Hadlow takes Red Bull KOTA

Aaron Hadlow is back on top once again as this time the 5 times PKRA World Freestyle Champion takes the Red Bull KOTA title in South Africa.


If you want to know the details and results it’s best said by  Rou Chater in his event summary for IKSURF Mag – 


Red Bull King of the Air (KOTA) is South Africa’s biggest and most extreme kiteboarding competition. 24 of the world’s greatest rider’s face-off in a bid to command the elements and rule the sky, ultimately being crowned king of the air.

The very first red bull king of the air ran at the hallowed windsurfing spot, Ho’okipa, on the Hawaiian islands of Maui in 2000. Back then the kites were raw, powerful, and relatively dangerous and the riders were all about throwing the biggest airs. As the equipment developed and became readily available to the public, kiteboarding was excitedly hailed as the ‘fastest growing watersport in the world’.

For five years Red Bull KOTA staged the biggest one-off annual event at the most epic spots.

As technology improved and equipment advanced, the sport’s elite started to move away from big air and shift their focus toward the cutting edge of style and technicality, which ironically saw them performing tricks closer and closer to the water, resulting in the end of KOTA.

Things began to get interesting again in 2007/8 when riders like Ruben Lenten started to experiment by heading out in ‘storm force’ winds and seeing how high and how far they could go. These previously un-ridden winds resulted in the birth of the ‘mega loop’.

With the mega loop KOTA was back, bigger and wilder than ever creating new names and new champions as the bar creeps ever higher and this time in 2015 the glory belongs to Hadlow!

Source: Red Bull 

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