Pushing Freestyle with Alberto Rondina- G-spot. A toeside back roll with a wrapped/handle-pass backside 180.
Lake takes 1St place on the PKRA World Tour Racing Circuit. From Mexico to Germany, with podium finishes at nearly every stop, Bryan Lake (AKA Bernie) weathered the dramatic Olympic whirlwind, and came out as the 2012 PKRA World Tour Racing Champion.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA Bryan Lake started racing on the water at a young age. With a solid background racing sailboats, he was recruited by the University of Hawaii’s sailing program. He says “It was a good move for me! There was big waves, good wind and we had a kick ass sailing team. We ripped up the college circuit and won the nationals.”
As fate would have it his UH sailing coaches were kiting and gave him a shot at it one day. He was instantly hooked. In 2004 he hit the Gorge games coming in 3rd and graced the cover of Kiteboarding Magazine in 2006. Highly competitive in nature the laid back surf scene wasn’t doing it for him. He had the need for speed, and pushing the limits of high performance kite racing was right up his alley.
Bryan went back to his roots in San Diego to race kites, we recently saw him up against the America’s Cup 45’s while they were training. Bryan’s latest focus is sailing in light winds while assisting Cabrinha’s kite designer Pat Goodman in the development of the latest race gear. The goal of launching in light wind (as little as 5 knots) to be the first on the water with the fastest kite on the market is now in his grasp. Next up, Winning the World Championship.
This year we hooked up with Saba Rock Island Resort for one of the best trips the team has ever been on. Nestled in the middle of the Caribbean with a ton of island flavor and recognized as one of the top sailing destinations in the world, this beautiful back drop was the perfect place for our annual photo shoot. A place where people walk with a swagger and the pace is slow, you can find one crystal clear, turquoise set up after another in smooth flat water or nice easy waves.
We are all super stoked and proud of Alby! Ranked #3 on the PKRA world tour!
Alberto Rondina just 23 has succeeded, after a total of eight meetings in taking his place on the podium of PKRA World ProKite Tour 2012 behind the winner Youri Zoon and Alex Pastor. A true milestone in his career.
The Cabrinha Quest- a seafaring expedition to seek out the world’s most remote and dynamic kitesurfing and surfing locations. A quest to experience native cultures in their natural state. To consciously explore the Oceans of the world with passion, integrity, and sensitivity to the cultures and ecosystems we inhabit. To build awareness, global concern, and inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. We are the world’s foremost experts in remote ocean-going travel. And now we’re operating with a greatly reduced impact. If you’ve been dreaming of sailing, kitesurfing, and surfing the world and have been waiting for the right opportunity this is IT!
Team riders Tobias Holter and Caroline Adrien have the spotlight in the 2nd edit done from the L'Almanarre an Grussian France trip. With Lucas Tozzi behind the camera they came back with an action packed adventure.
Following the Virgin Kite Jam Maui’s monumental success in October, the Virgin Kite Jam is please to release the video recap from its inaugural event.
Bringing together amateur and professional kiteboarders from all over the world, the four-day-long Maui-based event delivered first-class kiteboarding conditions, clinics, gear demos, incredible parties, great food, world-class music (including a performance from Taimane), a “jam-style” competition, luxurious accommodations at the Hotel Wailea Maui, a swimwear fashion show by Letarte, and much more.
“Our events showcase the fun, social side of the sport and show that it's something that's accessible to people from all walks of life,” said Charlie Smith, Virgin Kite Jam co-founder. “Our amateur Kite Jammers get to kite with and learn from their idols as well as making new friends and acquaintances,” he added.
Pete Cabrinha, Susi Mai, Andre Phillip, Niccolo Porcella, Lou Wainman, Jesse Richman, Annabel van Westerop, Kris Kinn and Jeremy Lund were a few of the legendary kiteboarders to attend.
Virgin Kite Jam Maui sponsors include: Billabong, XPERIA Sony Smartphone, Cabrinha, REBOOTizer, Hotel Wailea Maui, Kona Brewing Company, and Kurtis USA.
Don’t miss the next jam, in the kiteboarding utopia of the British Virgin Islands. Scheduled for July 7 to 12, the Virgin Kite Jam BVIs will take place on the legendary island of Anegada, as well as Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island and the surrounding areas. Updates with more info will be available at www.VirginKiteJam.com.