Red Bull King of the Air reaches new heights celebrating a decade of the extreme water sport event hosted in the Mother City. The City of Cape Town is thrilled to welcome back the premier big air kiteboarding competition returning to Kite Beach.
The air bending competition has become a staple event in the kitesurfing world and a signature event on Cape Town’s shores since it was first held in 2013.
This year, 18 riders will take flight in their fight for the reigns as King of the Air on 25 November or on any day after, depending on the wind conditions. The weather window for the kitesurfing competition is 25 November to 14 December 2023.
This year, the talent is young and fresh with all eyes on Italian teenager Lorenzo Casati who returns to defend the King of the Air title. Local athletes Luca Ceruti, Jason Van Der Spuy, and Joshua Emanuel will also take flight in the competition along with other international kiteboarders from Brazil, Columbia, England, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and New Zealand
‘Red Bull King of the Air is known for its breathtaking jumps, exhilarating flips, and high-flying action. The event’s annual return to Cape Town over the last 10 years is a testament to the Mother City’s reputation as a leading events destination. The City is thrilled to support this event, bringing together some of the world's top kitesurfers, who showcase their athleticism, creativity, and the sheer joy of being out on the water. And of course, the city itself plays a key role in the event's success with its stunning coastline, steady winds, and vibrant atmosphere. It's the perfect backdrop for such a high-energy, adrenaline-fueled event,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
The uniqueness of this event lies in the reliance on optimal wind conditions and a good swell for participants to boost off.
Around 8 000 spectators line the beach every year, cheering on the athletes as they take to the waves with their colourful kites soaring above them.
The event's weather window spans over a three-week period while awaiting the best swell conditions to kick start the action.
The three highest-scoring tricks of a kiteboarder will make up the kiteboarder’s final heat score and determine the result of the heat.
WHAT: Red Bull King of the Air
WHERE: Kite Beach - Dolphin Beach, Table View, Cape Town, 7441
WHEN: 25 November to 14 December 2023
INFO: Visit for updates on event day details. See also MapMyWay and Cape Town Green COASTAL Map
Photo credit: Red Bull Content Pool