Susi's All Girls Camp is a Hit!

With the success of last seasons all Girls camp in the Philippines Susi and Nenette Graf co-host an awesome camp this year. The pair of female kiters make a great team putting a strong emphasis on stepping up your kiting and having a great time while doing it.

This year's week long event was held in 3 different locations. The first stop was Kingfisher for 3 days, a small beach resort located in the province of Illocos Norte. Mon Montock, the owner, found this spot a few years ago and has turned it into a little kite/windsurfing paradise. The beach huts that serve as accommodation are basic but comfortable, the showers are hot and the meals are delicious. The spot is a little bit tide dependent because it can get very shallow, but when there's enough water to kite over the reef safely, the spot is epic, with flat water on the inside and waves on the outside.

After 3 days at kingfisher, we moved to Boracay where the Cabrinha kite school Green Yard hosted us for the rest of the camp. We were really lucky with the wind this year and got a kite session almost every day. When there was no wind, we were either getting pedicures (courtesy of body&sole spa), cruising around the little shops on the island and one day we went on a sunset cruise.

The third location we were at was called Union Bay, on the island of Caticlan, which is a more recently discovered spot. It has a big sandbank about 40 meters out which makes the inside super flat and great for learning tricks.

Girls camps are always good fun and even though we had a few stray boys tagging along, it was yet another great adventure and looking forward to the next one!

Here is a sneak peek of some of the photos. Can't give you guys more yet as we don't want to spoil the story for when it hits the magazines.

Photos By Christian Black

 

The entrance to Pagudpud, the region where Kingfisher is located.

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This convenient vehicle is known as a trike and it's basically a little motorbike with a little side car welded on to it. The amazing thing about them is they can actually accommodate up to 7 people and their gear...

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This kitespot is called union bay and is an awesome flaterwater training ground.
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Not a bad place to be! The girls all went for a sunset cruise on a catamaran one afternoon when there was no wind.

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Susi and Laura

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This place makes the world best Chocolate truffles.

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And the girls sure weren't shy about digging into the chocolatey goodness.

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Dre, our special guest at the 2011 Girls Camp :)

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Dre at work!

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This is Bulabog beach, where all the kiting happens. It's a bit tricky because the wind is dead onshore but once you get a little way out its really nice and flat.

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Green Yard is the local Cabrinha School who hosted our camp while on Boracay.

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Special thanks goes out to KITEGIRL magazine for hooking us up. Get your copy at www.kitegirlmag.com

 

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When there's no wind and nothing else to do, there's nothing like a bit of floating to pass the time.

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Pretty much No Wind at the WONW event

 

The WONW is an event where everyone shreds whether or not there is wind.  This year there was absolutely no wind to kiteboard so the days were spent riding the cable and system 2.0.   It's the perfect cross over training for kiteboarding so everyone pushes each other and the level of riding has gone up a notch.  After "training" there is plenty stuff to keep the riders busy.

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Phuket Kings Cup Regatta

Its day three of the Kings Cup Regatta in Thailand and in its 25th Anniversary year the event has invited the KTA to bring kiteboarding to the Kings Cup to join in the action. For its first appearance in the regatta, the largest in Asia and one of the most respected in the world, the kiteboard class is running as an invited exhibition class with race management from the KTA and IKA all under the watchful eye of the Kings Cup Regatta Race Director Simon James.

The King's Cup Regatta  has taken a big step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta and Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Regatta Organising Committee explained, 'ISAF is promoting kiteboarding and it could be an Olympic demonstration event as soon as 2016 in Brazil, so the Committee decided that it is likely to become an Olympic class at some point and the discipline is attracting a younger generation of sailors. We thought it was important for the Kings Cup to be a leader and bring kite boarding into this event as there are opportunities for our lighter weight Asian sailors in that class.

There have been two frustrating days for the kiteboarders that saw the yacht fleets move 8km out to sea to hunt the wind while the kiters were stranded at the beach on day one. Day two was the opposite with wind at the beach for the riders to get away to only find it die completely as they began to gather for the start. However day three has completely gone off with winds of up to 20kts and full on kite racing.

Cabrinha riders have come through it all well with Philippines Ken Nacor and Turley’s Salih Alexander tying for third place by the end of today’s racing, with plenty more to come over the next three days of the event if the forecasts are correct.

For more information the Kings Cup can be followed both on their website www.kingscup.com and the KTA Facebook.

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Hats off to Alby for a great 2011 season

Super proud of our man Alby for his commitment to the PKRA tour this year.  With 3 podium finishes Alby waves the Cabrinha Flag at every stop of the tour like a true champ.  Hats off to you Albinator! 

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Tour of Duty

 Keahi de Aboitiz and crew hit the road in a Jucy Crib caravan across New Zealand. Follow the tour as they make their way up the coast from Christchurch stopping for any adventure the Kiwi’s offer and the boys could squeeze into a day. From flat water to wave sessions, with luge, skydiving, bungee jumping, GoKarts, Agrojet, and the Swoop in between, the only thing the guys missed was an ALL BLACK’s game. Check out Keahi scoring a few points for a soild front fiip on his first bungy jump ever. 

Day 1, http://vimeo.com/32066192

Day 2, http://vimeo.com/32109507

Day 3, http://vimeo.com/32290180

Day 4, http://vimeo.com/32290641

Day 5, http://vimeo.com/32345457

Day 6, http://vimeo.com/32589900

Day 7, http://vimeo.com/32712457

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The Fastest Man on the Planet

The two week 2011 North American Speed Sailing Invitational held in Martha's Vineyard came to a close with Cabrinha's Rob Douglas smoking the competition.  The best speed sailers in the world battled storm force conditions and well exceeded their expectations with speeds over 50 knots. Alex Caizergues and Rob Douglas hit max speeds greater than 55 Knots but in the end Rob Douglas takes home the prize, the bragging rights, and the first national team trophy the" Lynch Cup".  WATCH VIDEO

 

1st: Rob Douglas
2nd: Alex Caizergues
3rd: Jamie Douglas
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Speed Sailing Invitational

With blue skys and 20-25 kts winds the flat water course in Martha's Vinyard hosting the speed sailing invitational saw the 4th day with max speeds of 45 Knots with 42 knot 250 meter average.   

It was a long day for the riders as the skippers meeting was at 8am.  Technical difficulties with the support vessel resulted in the relocation which meant a 45 minute 4x4 drive over the sand to Cape Pogue for a 2:30 red flag.
That evening Bill Lynch of Lynch Associates, a competitor and sponsor of the event, hosted an incredible dinner with perfect Swordfish and Filet minion for everyone.

R. Douglas won the heat and best speed of the day, Sylvain in 2nd and J. Douglas in 3rd.

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2011 Kiteboarding Slalom World Champs

A big high five to team Cabrinha for the excellent results at the Slalmon World's in Spain.  Damien LeRoy taking the top position with Bryan Lake and Bruno Sroka making things interesting coming in 2nd and 3rd along with Caroline Adrien taking 1st in the women's division.  Lots of love for the Crossbow LW at this event.

“It was a great week,” commented LeRoy. “We had light winds, but we got a lot of races in and there was quite a battle between Bryan and myself.  I can’t complain, this is my first world championship win. It is incredible.”  “It is a very good competition,” said Adrien, who is also the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association World Tour winner this year. “The wind was a little bit light but it is technical and I am happy.”

With the success of this event and the steady increase of kiteboarding races being held in all conditions, all over the world, the sport and the athletes are making a strong case for kiteboarding in the Olympics. 

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