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Andrea Principi Triumphs at Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town

December 5 – Cape Town, South Africa – In an electrifying display of kiteboarding prowess, 19-year-old Italian Andrea Principi has been crowned the champion of the prestigious Red Bull King of the Air competition, held in Cape Town, South Africa. The young kiteboarding prodigy demonstrated exceptional skill and innovation, winning the hearts of thousands of spectators and viewers worldwide.

Spectators seen during prize giving at Red Bull King Of The Air in Cape Town, South Africa on December 5, 2023. // Craig Kolesky / Red Bull Content Pool

Quick Highlights

  1. Andrea Principi’s Historic Win: 19-year-old Italian Andrea Principi triumphed at the prestigious Red Bull King of the Air competition in Cape Town.
  2. Record-Breaking Performance: Principi set a historic first by scoring three 9s from the judges for his exceptional tricks in the final.
  3. Dream Turned Reality: Principi, expressing his elation, said, “I made that dream a reality,” reflecting on his long-held aspiration to win this title.
  4. Rising Star in Kiteboarding: His victory in Cape Town, along with his earlier win at the Red Bull Megaloop in the Netherlands, solidified his status as a leading figure in Big Air kiteboarding.
  5. Finalists’ Showcase: The final featured a thrilling contest between Principi and his friends/training partners, Lorenzo Casati of Italy and Jeremy Burlando of Spain.
  6. Mystic Move Of The Day: Lorenzo Casati, the runner-up, earned acclaim for his double kite loop, double-board off.
  7. Event Significance: The Red Bull King of the Air was known for pushing the limits of kiteboarding, emphasizing amplitude, variety, execution, and difficulty in judging criteria.
(L-R) Jeremy Burlando, Andrea Principi & Lorenzo Casati seen during Red Bull King Of The Air in Cape Town, South Africa on December 5, 2023. // Nick Muzik / Red Bull Content Pool // Nick Muzik / Red Bull Content Pool


Deep Dive

Amidst the challenging gale-force winds off the Cape Town coast, Principi delivered a performance that will be etched in the annals of the sport. Notably, he achieved a historic first in the competition’s final, executing three tricks that each scored a perfect 9 from the judges. This remarkable feat underscores the teenager’s rising dominance in the world of Big Air kiteboarding.

Andrea Principi performs during the Red Bull King Of The Air in Cape Town, South Africa on December 5, 2023 // Craig Kolesky / Red Bull Content Pool //

“I’m at a loss for words. This has been my dream for so long. Today, I made that dream a reality,” said an ecstatic Principi after his win. His victory at Cape Town, coupled with his triumph earlier this year at the Red Bull Megaloop in the Netherlands, cements his status as a formidable force in the kiteboarding scene.

The final showdown was a gripping contest of skill and creativity, with Principi pitted against his friends and training partners, Lorenzo Casati of Italy and Jeremy Burlando of Spain. While Principi stole the show, Casati, the defending champion and eventual runner-up, wowed the crowd with a double kite loop, double-board off, earning him the Mystic Move Of The Day accolade.

Luca Ceruti performs during the Red Bull King Of The Air in Cape Town, South Africa on December 5, 2023. // Craig Kolesky / Red Bull Content Pool

The Red Bull King of the Air event remains a cornerstone in the kiteboarding calendar, known for pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the sport. The competition’s unique judging criteria, focusing on amplitude, variety, execution, and difficulty, along with an overall impression score, are tailored to highlight the most spectacular and innovative aspects of Big Air kiteboarding.

“This year’s performances, especially by the younger riders, were nothing short of phenomenal. Their ability to adapt to the challenging conditions was impressive and showed a level of maturity beyond their years,” observed Sergio Cantagalli, the Sportive Director of the event.

Andrea Principi wins Red Bull King Of The Air in Cape Town, South Africa on December 5, 2023. // Nick Muzik / Red Bull Content Pool // Nick Muzik / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202312053082 // Usage for editorial use only //

Marking its 11th edition this year, the Red Bull King of the Air has become synonymous with the evolution and progression of Big Air kiteboarding. The event, which operates within a 16-day weather window to ensure optimal conditions, saw 18 of the world’s best Big Air riders showcase their skills in an intense competition.

Andrea Principi seen after winning the Red Bull King Of The Air in Cape Town, South Africa on December 5, 2023 // Paul Ganse / Red Bull Content Pool

Andrea Principi’s victory at the Red Bull King of the Air is a testament to his extraordinary talent and dedication. As the kiteboarding community celebrates his success, the focus now shifts to the future of this thrilling sport, with enthusiasts and competitors alike eagerly awaiting the next chapter in its ever-evolving narrative.

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