7th and final year of „Red Bull King of the Air“ finishes today in Maui

Susi Mai pulls a hat trick with 3 „Queen of the Air“ titles.Newcomer, Ruben Lenten defeats wind god, Robby Naish.Ruben Lenten
Oct. 15, 2005 – Maui, Hawaii – Today marked the end of an era as the 7th and final Red Bull King of the Air, kiteboarding’s premier event, came to a close after a dramatic week of waves, wind and high flying action. Women’s champion, Susi Mai of the Dominican Republic, defeated current PKRA Champion Kristin Boese of Germany, making this Susi’s third back-to-back Queen of the Air title, an unprecedented feat.In the men’s division, newcomer Rueben Lenten of the Netherlands cinched an astounding victory over one of kiteboarding’s greats: Maui’s own Robby Naish.On the beach after a long day of kiting, Susi Mai said, „I got really nervous cause I had to go up against Kristin (Boese). I spaced out and took the wrong kite, so I lost early and was like 7th or something. But with the double elimination I still had a chance, but a long ways to go back up the ladder. I did like five heats today and I am just really tired right now. Happy, but really tired.“Rueben Lenten on the other hand, was full of energy after his win over Robby Naish, „Robby’s the man, he kicks ass, he rips, he charges, he takes big airs. To beat him at this special event, I’m stoked.“ Both skill and luck were in Rueben’s favor today. Halfway through the men’s final round, Robby Naish’s kite went down for a few precious moments giving Rueben a real and psychological advantage over the established master. „The wind kind of dropped and I was a little bit underpowered, but then I saw Robby’s kite go down and I was smiling, yeah I was lucky.“ ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKSThis week’s action got underway at Kanaha Beach on Monday and Tuesday where an international field of 44 men and 17 women attempted to advance to the main event at Ho’okipa. 32 men and 6 women made the cut and met pre-seeded athletes; Antoine Jaubert, Charles Delaeu, Robby Naish, Aaron Hadlow, Susi Mai and Julie Simsar. On Thursday, the first day of the main event, the action picked up considerably as the first solid northwest swell coincided with event. 15-20 foot waves (faces) and strong 20 knot winds challenged all the competitors. As the field dwindled, the conditions remained excellent for Friday; huge surf and even stronger winds kept the competitors on their toes as some prospered and others were shut down with the sneaker sets of waves. WORLD WIDE WINDAn aptly named “Fly To… King of the Air” qualifier series took place around the world, bringing together kiteboarding’s growing global community. Individual competitions took place in such locations as Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland and the Czech Republic to allow for worldwide participation in the Maui trials and main event. The winner of each regional event was given airfare, accommodations and a spot in the Red Bull King of the Air trial rounds at Kanaha Beach this past week.AIR APPARENTThere are few sports which rival the height and flight time of kiteboarding, and even fewer areas of the world where the sport can be practiced year round. Reaching 40-60 feet high and flying more than 100 feet in distance, kiteboarders pull off spectacular moves such as kite loops, handle passes, board off’s and huge grab’s all propelled by Mother Nature’s breath. As such, Maui is considered the birthplace of kiteboarding and its older cousin, windsurfing. Hundreds come to this “Wind Mecca” to experience the consistent side-shore trade winds, warm water and designated kiteboarding areas. Ho’okipa Beach, on the other hand, is a designated windsurfing area that is only open to kiters during this event.When the first Red Bull King of the Air went airborne in 1999, kiteboarding was known only to a lucky few, and the concept of an international kiting event was revolutionary. Over the intervening years, the matchless conditions of Maui’s Ho’okipa Beach Point – and the innovations of the incredible athletes who are drawn to compete there – have helped to make kiteboarding one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Red Bull King of the Air has been a driving force in kiteboarding’s progression. With the end of the King of the Air era, the question now is, “What’s next?”2005 RED BULL KING OF THE AIR FINAL STANDINGS1st – Rueben Lenten (Netherlands) – $4,5002nd – Robby Naish (Maui, Hawaii) – $3,0003rd – Clinton Bolton (South Africa) – $1,7004th – Leeshai Miller (Israel)5th – Marc Ramseier (Maui, Hawaii)5th – Kevin Langeree (Netherlands)7th – Greg Thijsse (South Africa)7th – Jan Korycki (Poland)9th – Aaron Hadlow (UK)9th – Antoine Jaubert (Puerto Rico)9th – Luciano Gonzales (Dominican Republic)9th – Patri McLaughlin (Maui, Hawaii)13th – Andy Hurdman (Florida) 13th – Sylvain Sadorge (Bora Bora)13th – Damien Girardin (France)13th – Shawn Richman (Maui, Hawaii)17th – Andrea Lombardo (Italy)17th – Jesse Richman (Maui, Hawaii)17th – Garfield King (Maui, Hawaii)17th – Daniel Nolasco (Italy)17th – Charles Deleau (France)17th – Adam Koch (Torrance, California)17th – Ben Meyer (Maui, Hawaii)17th – Abel Lago (Spain)Women’s1st – Susi Mai (Dominican Republic) – $1,7502nd – Kristin Boese (Germany) – $9003rd – Julie Simsar (Dominican Republic) – $6004th – Jalou Langeree (Netherlands)5th – Morgan Skiperdene (Hatteras, North Carolina)5th – Angela Peral (Spain)For more information, go to www.redbullkingoftheair.com

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