Quite literally the biggest event that kiteboarding will have ever seen gets underway this week. The Red Bull King of the Air is being staged in Big Bay, Cape Town and the forecast looks good for the weekend for around 40 knots.
After an eight year hiatus, the sport's biggest names in going huge and bringing an element of extreme risk to their manoeuvres are assembled and Robby Naish has even flown in to over see the event. Always an ambassador for big air, he told the riders last night at the opening ceremony that he had to come to witness what would probably be the most important event in kiteboarding's recent history.
He, as we all our, are looking forward to seeing what the world's most fearless riders can do when let loose in huge winds with big ramps and waves over six hours to see who will emerge as the most extreme rider at the moment.
KW editor Jim is in the privileged position to be involved in the Red Bull committee for the event and as a judge. Kiteworld are the only mag there, so this issue is going to be a special commemorative issue, documenting all the behind-the-scenes action, intrigue and blow-by-blow descriptions.
Elsewhere, the theme of 'huge' continues with shots from the rad Jaws session that went down a couple of weeks ago, we hear from Youri Zoon, take a look at Slingshot's amazing board production facilities and present a massive feature with the UK Crew from The Freeride Project as they explain some of the key skills they still use when dropping the fattest wake-style tricks – skills that you're trying to figure out in the tricks you're currently learning.
In other words, we unravel the freestyle trick web right in front of your eyes.
Oh and if that's not enough, the test team have been thrashing the latest wave gear around in Cape Town too, so expect in-depth analysis and reports on that.