Noronha is the Brazillian Hawaii!

Noronha Brazil is one of the most beautiful places in the world, 400 km away from the continent, it can only be reached by plane or boat. The island is very quiet and safe, the locals are very friendly, the food is great and the pousadas are local homes who rent their rooms! Beyond the surf, Noronha is one of the best places to scuba dive and snorkel in the world! The water is incredibly clear!

Preservation of the island is a big concern of the local administration, the number of visitors is controlled and a daily fee is chaged during your stay. Once you get in though, the many waves to explore specially around Cacimba do Padre and Boldró are worth the effort. The waves are strong and tubular. The warm clean water, great waves and pristine nature are the recipe to paradise.  
SUP is new here. I took my Cabrinha SUP 8.8 board and a Cabrinha paddle which is extremely light and makes a lot of difference when maneuvering! I was impressed with the peformance of the board, really safe in drops and loose on maneuvers!  Very few people on the beach thought that someone could SUP on those waves.
I spent a week with some friends and was able to get many perfect waves from 4 to 6 feet. Cacimba is the postcard wave of the island, site of the ASP 6 stars event. Sandy bottom and very tubular this wave is very challenging for SUPing! The highlights were on the biggest day at Boldró with a shallow reef and overhead tubes, some captured by the lens of Bruno Veiga. Locals say I was the first one to SUP that spot!
There are many other great waves on the island such as Praia do Cachorro, Abras, Hurus, Conceição, Bode!
Fernando de Noronha is truly a paradise, if you plan a trip there, remember that the wave season is from November to April!
Aloha
Roberto Vieira
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Rems Invitational

 

Rem's Invitational is a social shred workshop that aims to push and document the greatest snowkiting ever seen. Riders from different backgrounds are invited to shred in Norway from April 9th - 13th. Teams will be decided by draw. Each team will have it's own videographer and be tasked with making the best edit over five days. The final three edits will be shown at Red Bull Ragnarok and the winning team will be decided by vote from the two hundred riders participating there. 

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BACK ON TRACK

REMI MEUM's 'Back on Track' snowkiting video shot in Jackson Hole WY, Fairfield ID and Skyline UT.  

Produced and Edited by Eric Ellioth

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Island Time

 

A film shot in Antigua and Barbuda that summarizes the way Andre Phillip and crew spend their time on and around the island.  There is a ton of BUZZ about this film with over 100,000 views in less than a week!!   It's not just kiteboarding, it's a lifestyle and it's FUN!

Check it out Here or on Kitescoop.com.
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Annabel van Westerop joins the Cabrinha Team

 

Cabrinha is pleasd to announce the addition of Annabel van Westerop. Originally from Holland Annabel's parents moved her to beautiful Aruba at age 11.  Discovering kiteboarding at a young age Annabel begged her parents for lessons and finally got her wish at age 14.  After 4 lessons she bought a second hand kite and has been on the water every day since. Annabel is drawn to freestyle riding and started competing in local competitions in Aruba and Venezuela. Even though Annabel is finishing her last year of high school and has a side job as a magicians assistant (yes she gets cut in half and disappears at abracadabra) we are pretty sure you are going to be seeing a lot of this young lady in the future.  Watch her Video and check out her website!  It's great to have you on board Annabel!

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Hendrick Burgers Joins the Team

Hendrick Burgers from Aruba joins the Cabrinha team. Watch his video!

" I have lived on the island my whole life.  I’ve travelled quite often but nothing is better then home sweeeeet home. I started kiting 4 years ago and have been hooked ever since.

In a couple of months I'll graduate from high school and plan to spend my time training and traveling while I figure out what I want to study in the years ahead.  I'm ecstatic to be ripping with the latest and greatest gear out there!" 

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Demo In Jupiter

Join the crew at Juno Beach in Jupiter this weekend to try out the 2012 gear. For more info contact Jupiter Kiteboarding.

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Fiesta Dela Noche

The newest event added to the Boracay International Funboard Cup kicked the 23 year old event up a notch. Cabrinha Night made some noise as everyone waited for the legendary parties of the funboard cup. Hey Jude prepared a great set up at a favorite watering hole, the Exit Bar. Taking the whole beachfront the best DJ on the island faced the crowd and killed it all night.  We had a tattoo artist that did amazing henna tossed in the mix as well.  There were some dares to get real tats but everyone chickened out despite the heckling of the crowd and a new Cabrinha board as a prize. Guess the girl at the KTA wins that gold star. 
We had some problems with the ice luge so we made Cabrinha beer bongs instead. The beer bongs were passed around by two of Boracay's hottie kiter girls and we are now thinking this may be our newest promo item.  A big thanks to Nenette Graf as she helps pull off another fun event!
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Christian and Karine report from their South Africa Clinic

Just back from our clinic in South Africa. Had an amazing time thanks to Grant Ross at Cabrinha ZA for convincing us to come and thanks to John & Kathy at Friday Island for putting us all up. The wind blew, the braais burned, the wine flowed and a rather healthy competition brewed between the boy and girls, resulting in some fast track progress on the water whilst the rest of Europe froze. Already excited about the 2013 trip!!
Stay tuned for more from Christian & Karine Clinic's next up- Cape Verde 5th to 12th March
Soma Bay 25th May to 1st June.
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Jupiter Kite invasion

 

The next generation kiters are taking Jupiter Florida by strom this weekend at the kite invasion.   Staking the deck with Pro riders Damein Leroy, Melissa Gill and Jon Modica we are also adding Anabelle, Hendrick, Matt, Johnny, Brandon and Jan Lucas to the mix.  These young rippers are ready to rock.  

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Once again Jupiter, FL delivered and the 9th Annual Jupiter Kite Invasion was a huge success.  The Jupiter Invasion is the biggest and longest running competition in North America.  On 8 out of the past 9 years Jupiter has delivered wind and waves for this competition.  Competitors from all over the state drive to this event.  Each year the event grows and international riders have gained interest increasing the level of competition and making this event one of its kind.  The Jupiter Kite Invasion attracts many people not only because of the good conditions, but because it is a fun and laid back event with good people on a beautiful beach.  

This year the main event featured an amateur, pro and master freestyle competition, followed by a pro strapless surf competition.  On Friday January 27, 2012, everyone gathered at Kite Beach in Juno Beach for the first day of competition.  The wind picked up for about an hour, but then quickly turned offshore, as forecasted.  Small 2-3 foot waves were rolling in and everyone got to enjoy the surf on the Jimmy Lewis and Cabrinha stand up paddle boards (SUP).  After watching everyone have so much fun, Gary Menk with Jimmy Lewis SUPs decided to run a SUP wave riding competition, the 1st

 

Annual Jupiter Stand Up Paddle Boarding Invasion.  The event was a huge success and everyone had a blast in the small waves.  The stars of the SUP contest included the undefeated SUP champion Packet Casey, switching between his Jimmy Lewis Stricker 9’5” and Kwad 9’1”, riding waves all the way to the beach and even doing head stands as he rode down the line, and local SUP rippers Charles Dasher and Damien LeRoy, on his Cabrinha Hybrid Wood Series 9’8”, who caught waves left and right impressing the crowd and judges with their smooth style and consistent ridding.

 

Sunday came around with wind all day long.  Competition started early and the freestyle heats were run non-stop.  The level of ridding was very impressive, especially amongst the young next generation riders.  Luis Cruz the ripper from Dominican Republic was nothing less than spectacular.  On the semi-final and final heats he had the crowd going off with huge double handle-passes and full powered low mobes.  Without a doubt he won, his riding was on another level.  Behind Luis, another Dominican, Nico Suriel placed 2 

and Tommy Fields placed 3rd. Competition was tough this year for the pros, there were a lot of good riders, and these three showed everyone who is best.  

 

 

On the women’s side I was able to win the final with my faithful all around kite, the Switchblade, because I had all my friends cheering for me on the beach (the benefits of being a local).  My good friend and Miami sensation, Alexandra Menk showed off all her moves for the first time ever in competition landing her in the podium in 2 

place!  I was so proud of her, this girl has drive and motivation to learn any new trick, so there is no wonder why she did so well.  Monica all the way from Charleston, SC pulled through the second chance heat to make it to the finals placing 3rd.


First place amateur division was Sean Buell, who did so well he should compete with the pros next year, in 2nd place Brandon Cordina and 3rd Kai Calder.


The master division was a close battle between Mike Carson and Rich Gardner.  Mike defeated the master division champ Richie Gardner, and Shawn Cole came in 3rd.

After a short break the kitesurfing started.  Since waves were small the judges were looking for an overall impression of riding waves and aerials.  It is not a surprise that Jupiter locals swept the competition taking all the podium places in both the men’s and women’s pro division.  Matt Collins a ripper of many talents showed off his smooth yet aggressive riding style, smacking the waves and doing huge aerial variations on his Switchblade to win 1stplace, he even took the time to help fellow competitors during his heats.  Call it Karma, but Matt’s riding is amazing.  Up and comer Johnny Berger who has progressed at an impressive rate was throwing down to take 2nd place and Jeremy Lund, a favorite amongst the locals for his huge aerials and fast riding style took 3rd. 

 

 On the women’s side Marina Marcelli and myself were the only girls competing since we are two of few girls that ride strapless.  We ran 2 heats, riding both lefts and rights, smacking the waves regular and switch to a final result, myself coming in 1st and Marina coming in 2nd.  


A big thank you to Jeremy at Jupiter Kiteboarding for hosting such an amazing event, Neil Hutchinson and Gary Menk for donating their time and efforts to announce and run all the heats, and of course the volunteer judges and organizers.  A huge congratulations to the Dominican riders who put on a great show for the spectators, the young Florida rippers for taking our sport to higher grounds, the girls for representing and showing off the girl power, and last but not least the masters for showing us we can rip no matter the age and as long as we want.


 

 

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