WATCH: The death-defying megaloops of the world's best kitesurfers at King of the Air in Table Bay

2019-02-02 06:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Capetonians might love to complain about the wind - but there's one group of people that can't get enough of the Cape Doctor.

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Red Bull King of the Air has taken over Bloubergstrand's Kite Beach for another round of stupendous and insane stunts performed by the best kitesurfers in the world - and this spectacle is definitely worth hauling yourself to the other side of Cape Town.

The wind gods gave the nod for the first four rounds of the event to take place on Thursday during the 2-week window period, as riders battled it out for the title.

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Lasse Walker competing in his first heat. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

There were a few upsets with the crowd - as two-time winner Aaron Hadlow and local superstar Joshua Emmanuel had to fall out after sustaining injuries in rounds two and four respectively. 

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Other local favourite Ross-Dillon Player did extremely well in his first heat, and went all the way to the fourth round where he lucked out against Liam Whaley from Spain and Nick Jacobsen from Denmark.

Other superstars to watch out for in Round 5 and the final are Lasse Walker from the Netherlands, Jesse Richman from the US, Aurelien Petreau from France and last year's winner Kevin Langeree.

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(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

The fifth round and final still has to take place, with Sportive Director Sergio Cantagalli checking the weather forecasts for when the next two rounds will take place. The window period will be open until 10 February.

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Joshua Emanuel being cheered on. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

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Angely Bouillot during the Women's Expression Session. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

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