Yesterday was windy. At the moment windy days in Cape Town leads to the chargers that call it home heading out to try and break the kitesurfing height world record.

Earlier in January it was broken twice by Joshua Emanuel, first at 26.8m and then at 27.5m in one week.

Not to be out done and not quite happy just to be the Red Bull King Of The Air Champion for 2017. Nick Jacobsen set out to put his name at the top of the height leader board and hold the mantle as the true King Of The Air.

Witsands Cape Town Nick Jacobsen Kitesurfing Record World Cabrinha

Nick headed out to Witsands on Sunday morning looking for that extra bit of wind in an already nuking forecast. Witsands is close to Cape Town and tends to pick up even more wind than blouberg and kite beach. It also catches a lot more swell. Basically the prefect destination to try and crack a new record.

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It paid off as Nick blasted through the record to an astounding 28.6m.

We done Nick. You continue to impress and make us proud to call you one of our own. Both a Cabrinha team rider and a lover of Cape Town.

We are still waiting to confirm but Nick has been loving his Cabrinha Switchblade kite and Ace board as these are what he won the RBKOTA with. So we presume this is what he was riding at the time.

Nick Jacobsen Red Bull King Of The Air Kites

 

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Nick Jacobsen is the new Red Bull King of the Air for 2017.

As a proud sponsor of the King Of The Air event held in Cape Town, South Africa we watched in awe as the biggest names of the sport met for the final heat of the event. We couldn’t be more stoked at the result!  Nick rode his 2017 Switchblade & Ace all the way to the podium. A huge congratulations to Nick Jacobsen for being crowned the RedBull King of the air.

Cabrinha would like to congratulate Nick on this epic achievement.

If you are wondering which kites Nick was using to accomplish this feat, see below:

Kite: Switchblade

Board: Ace

Nick Jacobsen Red Bull King Of The Air Kites

 

The Red Bull King Of The Air 2017 is over and we are having serious withdrawals. So we thought we would put together some of the best Instagram shots from the competition and the weeks leading up to the final.

From @cabrinhakites

The build up

Win a board!

Its on 31st Jan 2017!

The prize giving with Cabrinha champion Nick Jacobsen.

From @cabrinha_southafrica

Our riders

Nick and Andries making it through

Graham Howes Cabrinha Team Rider

From @redbullza

The Trohpy

The crowds

The final

The champion Nick Jacobsen

The Red Bull King Of The Air 2017 has been given the green light for Tuesday 31st January. The first heats of the competition will likely be held in the late afternoon/evening in Big Bay Cape Town.

The wind is not looking very strong for today, but the forecast is not promising either, and the organizers probably want to get some heats out of the way before the real wind arrives of Thursday. Expect the organizers to try and finish all the heat of round 1 so that they can start on an even keel on Thursday 2nd of February.

Cabrinha is the official kite sponsor for the 2017 Red Bull King of The Air  and we are running two fantastic competitions where you could wind a Cabrinha Kiteboarding board. Come down to the Cabrinha shop in Big Bay to check out our awesome specials and enter the competitions, while you soak up the energy of the competition in the natural amphitheater of Big Bay.

 

Team rider Matthew Petter-Bowyer @mattevis
Photographer Christine Petter-Bowyer @christine.petterbowyer
Trick: Board off
Equipment: 9FX and Tronic board

 

 

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With season upon us, Brandon Snider, is warming up nicely with some Megaloops.

Armed with his 2017 10m FX and Xcaliber 135cm board, he reaches massive heights in Big Bay.
Follow Brandon Snider on Facebook and Instagram: @brandonsnider01.
Photographer: Steve Snider
Freestyle / Crossover

Rider Profile:

For riders that mix hooked and unhooked freestyle tricks, love huge jumps & kite loops.

Design Profile:

3 Strut, Modified C shape arc, Box wing tip design, Lean entry profile

Features & Benefits:

  • Explosive pop and great hang time
  • Great line slack for unhooked riding
  • Forward pull for kiteloops
  • Excellent for vertical boosts
  • Highly responsive & direct steering
  • Smooth power delivery
  • More drive than a traditional C-shaped kite
  • Predictable handling
  • Quick recovery
  • Good upwind performance

Xcaliber 135cm board

Competition Freestyle

Rider Profile:

Our premium competition freestyle board designed for the high end competitor.

Features & Benefits:

  • Extensive use of structural cabron
  • Stiff flex pattern for a rapid response and explosive pop
  • Amazing relex
  • Excellent upwind drive
  • Stable high speed landings
  • Includes 40mm fins, handle & mounting hardware

A quick kitesurfing weekend get away for Kyle Norton to the beautiful warm waters of Langebaan, Cape Town.

From backrolls to raileys on his FX 2017 and the Ace Board with bindings, Kyle had an amazing time and the photos show it.

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Follow Kyle on Instagram: @kylekiter

Facebook: Kyle James Norton

FX 2017

Freestyle / Crossover

Rider Profile:

For riders that mix hooked and unhooked freestyle tricks, love huge jumps & kite loops.

Design Profile:

3 Strut, Modified C shape arc, Box wing tip design, Lean entry profile

Features & Benefits:

  • Explosive pop and great hang time
  • Great line slack for unhooked riding
  • Forward pull for kiteloops
  • Excellent for vertical boosts
  • Highly responsive & direct steering
  • Smooth power delivery
  • More drive than a traditional C-shaped kite
  • Predictable handling
  • Quick recovery
  • Good upwind performance

Ace Board

Competition Freestyle

Rider Profile:

The dream machine: a Performance freestyle board that doubles down equally well in any riding category.

Features & Benefits:

  • Tough, lightweight and responsive Volcanic Basalt construction
  • Flex patterns tuned for a smooth ride
  • Dynamic pop and low spin weight
  • Early planing lift and reliable edge hold
  • Maximum upwind drive
  • Smooth predictable landings
  • Includes 40mm fins & mounting hardware

Matthew getting some fins free in an awesome session at Melkbos.

Rider: Matthew Petter-Bowyer

Instagram: @mattevis

Facebook: Matthew Petter-Bowyer

Photographer: Bruce Weatherspoon @dr.stoke

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