The true hero of kiteboarding, Hadlow takes the 2015 Red Bull King Of The Air Title
Red Bull King Of The Air 2015, is one of the most exhilarating kiteboarding events on the calendar. And we're proud to announce that Team Rider Aaron Hadlow took to the podium and claimed the throne!
The Red Bull King Of The Air kicked off once again in Cape Town, and following its huge success in attracting the world's most extreme riders and action – think Ruben Lenten, Gianni Aragno, Tom Herbert, Kevin Langaree and Jesse Richman – there's no doubt that it gains massive media attention, big sponsors, not to mention a mind blowing 17,000 excited spectators over the course of the three days.
For the third year, the King Of The Air competition was not blessed with the extreme conditions Cape Town usually provides, and are needed to run the competition. After all, a steady 20-25 knts isn't the ideal platform for mega loops and huge hang time, in fact it become dangerous in marginal conditions. So, the two week holding period was used to wait for the 'Cape Doctor' to deliver the optimum and trademark 30knts+ for the show stopping action to get started.
North Kiteboarding had a fantastic presence in this prestigious event, with the Vegas, Evo, Team Series and Gamblers being the products of choice. International rider's Gianni Aragno, Reno Romeu, Aaron Hadlow and 'New Cal style' Tom Herbert wowed the crowds with individual flare and style, however is was Hadlow that shone bright.
Aaron Hadlow doesn't need an introduction. Whether you've heard of him, met him, followed him online, celebrated his wins or empathised with his losses, this guy oozes professionalism and talent. Over the last 6 weeks in Cape Town, we've seen many sides of Hadlow and watched him draw on everything he has learnt throughout his kiteboarding career that lead him to take the title of 2015 Red Bull King Of The Air. In addition to winning the 2015 Red Bull King Of The Air title, Hadlow was also awarded the ‘Mystic Move of the Day’ for his legit Megaloop KGB! King Of The Air Runner-up Langeree, claimed the ‘biggest air of the day’ with 13,5metres recorded by WOO Sports.
For a rider who admits that the Big Air is a discipline is not his main focus, it’s something that he always has in the back of his mind. His performance was solid and consistent throughout the competition and he certainly put in the performance of the day in the semi finals and finals. Having had the pleasure of catching up with him numerous times at the water's edge prior to his heat, he said “I know this event will grow the sport of kiteboarding. The atmosphere here at Big Bay is like nothing else - the crowd loves it. It's the one event in kiteboarding that really is for kiteboarding and I’m so happy to be part of it, and on top!”
Upon collecting his trophy, spraying champagne, revelling in the cheers from the crowds and dealing with the press, Aaron had half an hour to get to Cape Town airport to catch his flight. Now that's a true professional...Congratulations Aaron!
1. Aaron Hadlow (GBR), 2. Kevin Langeree (NED), 3. Jerrie van de Kop (NED), 4. Jesse Richman (USA), 5. Nick Jacobsen (DEN), 5. Steven Akkersdijk (NED), 7. Ruben Lenten (NED), 7. Sam Light (GBR), 9. Antonin Rangin (FRA), 9. Billy Parker (USA), 9. Lewis Crathern (GBR), 9. Tom Hebert (FRA).
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