Ruben Lenten chasing the ultimate storm

CHASING THE ULTIMATE STORM TO FLY HARD

Images:  Erwin Polanc and Ydwer.com)

In 2005, Dutch kiteboarder Ruben Lenten participated in Red Bull King of the Air, the most extreme kiteboarding event in the world. “Since the inception of this event in 1999, the jumps became bigger and bigger” says Ruben Lenten. He traveled to Hawaii where he competed with the best riders in the world. “The final was between sports legend Robby Naish and myself. A dream come true”. Ruben Lenten won. Since then, the event had a break of a few years, but early February Red Bull King of the Air is back. This time in South Africa, where Ruben Lenten and 23 other riders will push themselves to the max. He has not been idle in recent years. The clip Ruben Lenten produced together with Red Bull and Eyeforce shows his most important goal in life: ‘fly hard’.

 

Extreme Kiteboarding in Ireland & Holland – Ruben Lenten 2013

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“The clip was created when I had the idea to capture my signature style of extreme kiteboarding. This is only possible when the conditions are perfect. In the clip we have been monitoring the wind forecasts at different spots to get the ultimate storm. The predictions for Ireland looked perfect, but unfortunately the storm lost all its power over night and it was impossible to fly high enough. Miraculously an even better storm appeared on the radar for the Netherlands. I could not believe my eyes, exactly what we needed. A real Dutch autumn storm. It was the perfect playground for me. ”

 

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“Throughout the year I am always searching for the best conditions and projects to keep on pushing the sport. In the time coming up I will mainly focus on the Red Bull King of the Air event and the development of even better products to go higher and harder. I will also be shooting new sick footage and work on organizing national events to get extreme kiteboarding to a higher level.”

 

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“2012 has been a great year and I am satisfied with my achieved successes and personal development. Together with Mystic and Red Bull I have done some extraordinary projects that have pushed kiteboarding and myself to new hights. In South Africa and in the Netherlands we organized two extreme kiteboarding events to help young talented riders get better and prepare themselves for the Red Bull King of the Air. My snowkite cliff jump in Norway also pushed my boundaries and gave me an adrenaline boost. The last months I have put all my effort in getting as fit as possible, mentally and physically and I enjoy it to the maximum. Every year a step higher, I love it!”

 

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Red Bull athlete Ruben Lenten is an extreme kiteboarder, always searching for the biggest storms around the world.
After a disappointing trip to Ireland, Ruben heads back to the homeland where one of the year’s fiercest storms is about to hit the coast of Holland, and Ruben is more than ready for it.

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Len10 Megaloop Challenge, Video, Pics & Results

The wind was pumping and kites were flying high as Lewis Crathern wowed the judges to win the first ever LEN10 Megaloop Challenge in Cape Town.

Crathern, from Worthing in the UK, went up against Sam Light (UK) and Gianni Aragno (ESP) in the final. “I was just stoked to have been in the final with two of my best friends. A megaloop isn’t the easiest trick because you have to try and get height while trying to get your kite as horizontal as possible. I’ve been coming to Cape Town to kiteboard for the last six years and I love it here. The people are friendly and the weather and wind conditions are perfect here,” he commented.

 

A megaloop isn’t the easiest trick because you have to try and get height while trying to get your kite as horizontal as possible

Brainchild of Red Bull Athlete and ‘King of the Megaloop’ Ruben Lenten, the LEN10 Megaloop Challenge saw 24 participants compete in a format new to kiteboarding competitions.  Ruben remarked: “All the riders and spectators were excited about the format which gives the guys time to pull their best moves and score high. I’m happy that such a big crowd came down to see the guys  pull some gnarly tricks and see some pretty epic wipeouts too – which is just as much part of kiteboarding as landing the trick.”

Participants were scored on the height, technique and the style in which they executed the megaloop with.
Len10 Megaloop Challenge
LEN10 Megaloop Challenge winner, Crathern and the other finalists had decided before they went out for the final to split the prize money – it wasn’t about the prize but rather spending a good day out doing what they love.  He does, however, walk away with a one-of-a-kind trophy and a photo shoot with renowned South African action sports photographer, Craig Kolesky.

Ruben Lenten is keen to bring the competition back in 2013 and throw himself into the mix. “We’re going to push the limits of kiteboarding even more.”

 


A slow start but after the wind finally made an appearance the riders were able to hit the waves


The riders were pulling out all the stops, holding nothing back for the imagination


Pushing themselves to the limit, the riders pulled off some massive Megaloops to see them into the next round


Big Bay was the perfect backdrop, playing tribute to the perfect day for the riders


Late into the evening the riders kept the pace going, eager to enter the final rounds of the day


A great turnout and loads of support throughout the day and a very exciting finish


Congrats to Lewis Crathern for the win, but an extended congratulations to all the riders who took part in a stunning display of bravery and talent

 

Thanks to Craig Kolesky & Redbull for these sick images

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