Massive jumps and brutal mega loops, it’s almost time for the most bad-ass kiteboarding contest of the year: The Red Bull King of the Air!

The window is between the 1st until the 16th of February. The event will take place at Blouberg Beach in Cape Town. Red Bull will give the final GO for the event, so we have to wait what the exact date of the event will be.

Our teamrider Josh Emanuel is one of the competing riders. Last year, our big air style master had to pull back during the event, because of a rib injury. This year, Josh is more than ready and will do everything in his power to grab the coveted King of the Air trophy! We can’t wait to see him fly, good luck Josh!

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Check the event page of the Red Bull King of the Air for live updates about the event.

We asked Joshua about his preparations for the Red Bull King of the Air. Check his answers below!

How do you prepare for the KOTA? Did you do something else this year? 

‘’Every year I follow the same training program. I focus a lot on gym training to ensure strength is kept at its best. Of course, I spend a lot of time on the water, riding all possible conditions to make sure that I am ready for anything. Lastly, practicing new tricks is an important one, that one is done by riding with your best friends, who always push you on the water!’’

What are your expectations of the event?
‘’My expectations are high, I feel this year we are going to get some good wind and conditions. The level of the riding is very high, so I have to bring my A-game.’’

What are your chances to become King of the Air 2020? 

‘’I think I stand a good chance, if I bring the heat and stick to all my tricks.’’

How does it feel to compete at your home spot? Does it give you any advantages? 

‘’It feels amazing to compete at home, as the crowds will have your back. I believe we have a small advantage, but a lot of riders spend a lot of time training in Cape Town.’’

How hard will the competition be? Who is your biggest competitor? 

‘’I think this year it is getting harder and harder, as the progression has been huge in one year. Nick, Janek and Jessie are my biggest worries, but it’s anyone’s game out there.’’

What can we expect from you after the KOTA? 

‘’I will be in Cape Town until the end of March, then I’m heading to Egypt to run a kite camp on a boat. After that, Europe will be next with a few clinics on selected locations.’’