CORE and WOO find the next
big air superstars.
For many of us, the jump was the first kiteboarding trick we learned. It’s hard to forget that feeling of flying high above the water.
CORE Kiteboarding and WOO Sports teamed up to capture these moments with the XR5 Big Air Challenge,
a global contest open to kiteboarders of all abilities.
Over 600 kiters signed up for the first XR5 Challenge to see who can go really, really big.
And the best part?
Five talented kiters flew to Cape Town on us to battle our very own Joshua Emanuel
with brand new XR5s for the XR5 Big Air Challenge trophy.
Sound fun? Well, it was!
After four months of fierce competition, stage one of the XR5 Challenge wrapped up, and five contest winners punched their ticket to Cape Town from the Netherlands, United States, and Taiwan! In January 2018, the crew rigged up their XR5s on Blouberg beach and attempted to dethrone world champ, Josh Emanuel. And they almost did! Josh squeaked out a win with 10cm to spare. Ben Van Der Burg ended up jumping 99.6% of Josh’s 24.3m! So Ben, how difficult is jumping an extra 11cm? Inquiring minds want to know!
Watch the wrap up
Stage one Winners
Winners were selected from WOO users who registered in the contest.
From the get-go, impressive scores came in from Germany, Netherlands, the Canary Islands, USA, Canada, and Brazil.
The largest contingent of boosters hailed from the Netherlands.
It appears mother nature blesses the Netherlands with serious winds and talented athletes
as this small nation topped most of the categories.
Stage two Winners
Stage two winners were selected from the monthly Stage One winners (above) and were flown to Cape Town to battle Joshua Emanuel for the XR5 Challenge trophy.
Biggest Booster (F): Karen Hou, Taiwan
Biggest Booster (M): Ben van der Burg, NL
Biggest Mth/ Boosting: Peter Nieuwenhuizen, USA
Wildcard: Maarten Haeger, NL
Wildcard: Erik Blokker, NL
The XR5 Challengers left Cape Town with big smiles and everlasting memories.
We hope everyone who competed in the XR5 Challenge had as much fun as we did.
Thank you all for participating!