Red Bull King of the Air 2021 Trophy North Kiteboarding Team Riders representing 2021 Contest

Who are the North Team at Red Bull King of the Air?

19 November 2021

2017 Champion and 2020 Runner-up Nick Jacobsen (Denmark). 2020 Highest Jump Score and Semifinalist Marc Jacobs (NZ). British Boots and Loops legend Tom Bridge. Will one of them take home the 2021 Red Bull King's Crown? Check out their stats in this Q&A.

 

Red Bull King of the Air 2017 Champion Nick Jacobsen, North Kiteboarding

 RIDER NAME  NICK JACOBSEN
 DOB  10 JANUARY 1987 (AGE 34)
 COUNTRY OF ORIGIN  DENMARK
 KOTA CONTESTS  MANY
 BEST RESULT  WINNER 2017
 MEMORABLE MOMENTS  MEGALOOP BOARD-OFF MYSTIC MOST EXTREME MOVE 2020
 EQUIPMENT / SIZE RIDDEN  ORBIT 9M, NAVIGATOR 45-50, ATMOS 138, FLEX
 GO TO TRICKS  2x NEW TRICKS UP HIS SLEEVE - SAVING FOR THE RIGHT MOMENT

Q&A:

What wind conditions are you hoping for this year? Serious wind

What advantage will that give you? I don’t unhook, so I want it big! 

So, we hear you’re about to become a Dad – is that distracting you at all from your gameplan here at KOTA? It’s allowed me to focus as I’m here on my own and I know that I should be at home in Denmark, so I need to perform well to make it all worth it 

How has training been for the event? Was even training my caddy today - practicing kite changeovers.. 

What gear are you planning to ride in KOTA? Ideally a 9m Orbit, Atmos Carbon and the Navigator. 

What’s so great about the Atmos? The carbon means it’s stiff so great for big air, you can hold an edge in really high winds

 

Red Bull King of the Air 2021 Contestant, NZ Marc Jacobs, North Kiteboarding

 RIDER NAME  MARC JACOBS
 DOB  AGE 31
 COUNTRY OF ORIGIN  NEW ZEALAND
 KOTA CONTESTS  5
 BEST RESULT  SEMI-FINALS 2020
 MEMORABLE MOMENTS  FIRST TO LAND A BACKROLL BOARD-OFF
 EQUIPMENT / SIZE RIDDEN  ORBIT 9M OR 10M, NAVIGATOR 45-50, ATMOS 138, FLEX
 GO TO TRICKS  BOARD OFF ROTATIONS AND KUNG FU
 WINNING TRICK   DOUBLE BOARD OFF

Q&A:

What wind conditions are you hoping for this year? 35knots 

What advantage will that give you? I can still go big but not so windy that I can’t kung fu 

Has anyone trained harder or longer than you? Probably not 

How much weight have you dropped for KOTA (or was it the wedding suit)? 10kg 

How has training been in NZ? Auckland is a perfect kite playground, beaches to serve all wind directions and Muriwai provides conditions that are similar to cape town. 

During Auckland lockdown you drove south chasing storms for two months and staying at the top of the Woo leaderboards, for 2 whole weeks - only Cold Hawaii changed it 

Newly-wed? – not here with Sophie, she’s at home with her mother who is sadly terminally ill. 

What’s the bigger challenge – a wedding in lockdown or getting to Cape Town? Getting back will be harder (2 weeks in quarantine hotel)! 

 

Red Bull King of the Air Contestant, UK Tom Bridge, North Kiteboarding

RIDER NAME  TOM BRIDGE
 DOB  29 MARCH 2001 (AGE 20)
 COUNTRY OF ORIGIN  UNITED KINGDOM
 KOTA CONTESTS  2
 BEST RESULT  ROUND 2 
 MEMORABLE MOMENTS  FLYING IN ON DAY ONE
 EQUIPMENT / SIZE RIDDEN  ORBIT 9M, 22 LINES, FLARE, NAVIGATOR
 GO TO TRICKS  THE STEEZIEST LOOPS ALIVE
 WINNING TRICK   ANYTHING INTO BLIND

Q&A

How has training been in Brazil? I took off toeside all day long 

We hear you lost your luggage coming home from Brazil – did you manage to get it back in time for KOTA? No, I’m only here with 1 kite and 1 board, lol 

Do you consider yourself a competition rider? God no, I like video parts 

How do you feel about being the only boots rider in the event? Proud. #bootsandloops 

What gear are you planning to ride in KOTA – what’s so great about the Flare? Flare has got a lot of rocker with is good for soft landings 

What wind conditions are you hoping for this year? Less than Cold Hawaii please! 

What advantage will that give you? I might be able to unhook…