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Kevin Langeree – Three time King of the Air Champion

Dutchman delights 9,000 fans in South Africa with stellar kiteboarding tricks.

Kevin Langeree rotated brilliantly through the air in high winds on Wednesday in South Africa to become the first person to win kiteboarding spectacular Red Bull King of the Air three times.

This year’s action started on January 31 with two-time winner Aaron Hadlow (UK) crashing out in round two with a rib injury, while South Africans Joshua Emanuel and Ross-Dillon Player also exited in round four.

The famous ‘Cape Doctor’ wind then rolled into Cape Town’s Kite Beach on February 6 to hand the world’s best kiteboarders the chance to unleash big air tricks.

Only six remained out of 18 for the last two rounds with Dutchman Langeree drawing on his two titles in 2014 and 2018 to triumph – thanks to breathtaking rotations in ferocious high winds – with American Jesse Richman second and Spain’s Liam Whaley third.

Langeree, 30, said: “This feels amazing! I put so much time into training and coming out on top is just magical as there was a lot of pressure on me as defending champ. Jesse and Liam were on fire and went big. I had to pull everything out of the bag. I couldn’t be happier!”

Head judge Alex Vliege added: “The action was mind blowing. You can see this is the best big air event of the year – it shows in the combinations. They’re innovating tricks and combos year-on-year, evolving the sport.”

The Mystic ‘Most Extreme Move’ award went to 2013 champion Richman for his powered ‘kung fu 1080 handlepass’ on the first day and he took home $1000.

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