2012 Beetle World Cup


From no wind to extreme wind and everything in between the classic German weather with rain and sometimes less rain didn't faze spectators as the stormy weather is to be expected at this important event.  With a great display of participation from vendors and sponsors this event takes the cake for the best PKRA event site on tour with plenty of action to entertain everyone there.  The report back from a happy Bryan Lake, who once again kept in front of the pack inching his way closer to a world title says, " This was a big one for me.  Stoked with the win."  While Lake left Germany stoked Alby and Liam were less stoked with their results and are now gearing up for Fuerteventura.



Get Lifted 2012 Jamaica

Get Lifted in Jamaica with Dre and Susi July 21st Pro Show.  Join the sunset bonfire after party.


Rob Douglas is the New World Speed Champion!

Damien LeRoy reports back from the World Speed Chapmionship.

We sat in France for over a week with no wind.  Finally the forecast we were looking for came. It was going to be all or nothing in the remaining last three days of the event. Race director Pascal Maka had the first start time scheduled for 7am. Pascal who once defeated the Catamaran Crossbow for the outright world speed sailing record certainly knew how to make an event happen.  The hard part however was getting to the event, as riders like us had to get up at 3:45am to get there in enough time.  We had to take a ferry, then a 45 minute ride, then transfer bags onto some trucks and finally a drive out to a private speed run. Then of course we had to set up all our gear in time to be stretched and ready to race.

The first day the winds were shifting in every direction making it tough to catch the right puff to carry you all the way down the course.  Two races in, Rob Douglas the fastest sailor in the world at the moment, was ready for battle and took the early lead with two bullets.  I was switching gear at the wrong time and fell back in the pack ending up with a 7th and a 9th.  We finished racing at 9pm that day and made it back to the house around midnight.  It was only the beginning of the planned races as we had another early start the next morning.  With less than three hours sleep, I was prepared and eager to make my comeback. That day I won two races and finished second on another as I started to crawl back up the ladder.  Rob stayed in the top three positions racing very consistent and keeping himself in winning contention. Team leader Bill Lynch had the 10th fastest time of the event. Coach Mike Gebhardt never missed a step keeping team USA focused; we were a team and on a mission.

 The final results all came down to the last day, the last race and about the last 5 minutes of the heat. I was sitting in first, until Rob Douglas and current Speed World Champion Alex Caizergues came smoking down dropping me into 4th place.  It was an awesome moment to see my great friend and teammate Rob Douglas win and become the 2012 World Champion.

 After all the dust settled I was happy with my performance ending up on the podium in 3rd and only 1.4 points out of taking second position, not bad for my second Speed event ever.

 A sincere thank you to all the French riders and the organizers who pushed the limits to race and host a terrific event. I am honored to have had the opportunity to experience this event and it could not have been done without the support from Bill Lynch, Cabrinha kites, Alex Aguera, Rista Fins, GoPro, Costa sunglasses and The Black Dog.  From the bottom of my heart I thank you all.......Damo


Men Results:

1.Rob Douglas

2.Sylvain Hoceini

3. Damien LeRoy

Women Results:

1. Charlotte Consorti

2. Marie Dessandre Navarre

3. Jessica Winkler

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Lake hot launches into the famous Bosphorus Canal at the PKRA Burn Kiteboard World Cup, in Istanbull Turkey.

While Bryan Lake might not be a house hold name yet he is dominating the racing scene on the PKRA world tour this year. He is currently ranked number 1 on the PKRA World championship tour, for Kiteboard Racing. After the Burn Kiteboard World Cup in Turkey, Lake recaps on what he calls " The Coolest day of the Event", which turned out to be a very special day for the PKRA Istanbul racing and kite master competitors, hosted by Burn Energy. Event organizers took all of the PKRA TOUR RIDERS  to the Bosphorus Canal (the waterway that connects Europe and Asia from the Black sea to the MEd Sea). The busy shipping channel is off limits to kiting and sailing so special permissions were granted for competitors to kite the famous channel along side the Burn Games Snowboard Challenge (a pro snowboarding event) where the competitors launch themselves into the Boshporus Channel.  "With a tricky launching area most riders made it to the water enjoying the waters of the channel." says Salih Cakir Trukish Cabrinha rider.
" I was happy to pull off the sketchy parking lot hot launch and go out and rip it. It turns out I was on Turkish Live TV ripping the Cabrinha Car during the Snowboard Challenge" This event just went off! Lake said.
The PKRA course racing and kite masters event took place at Burc beach Istanbul. The event started windy and ended windy, completing 8 races altogether with the special show event in the Bosphorus in between. Istanbul proved to be challenging while conditions were choppy, with shifting winds and crazy currents that made all competitors think twice about their tactics on the water. 
PKRA ISTANBUL Results for Team Cabrinha:
Mens 2nd Brian LAKE
Mens 6th Salih Alexander CAKIR
Womans 4th Bilge OZTURK
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4th Annual King of the Lagoon

 Egypt, Ras Sudr, south Sinai-14TH – 16TH JUNE 2012

by  Morgan Fahey

This year has to be the most exciting year Egypt has given us.  The political situation is making history.  From protesters in Tahrir Square, Cairo, to Bedouin tribes in the sinai, blocking the roads and kidnapping tourists (all whom have been returned unharmed to fully enjoy their experiences... only in Egypt!) to foreign organizations’ placing restrictions on foreign staff traveling throughout the Sinai.  People believe in a better way of life, and want to voice their own free opinions.

The local demand for this years King of the Lagoon was essential to bring a bit of normality to Ras Sudr, the competitors and the public. Even if it was for only for 3 days.  I am always up for a challenge and the organization this year was just that. Many times I thought I had bitten off more than I can chew, and there were outside forces working against me.

Two weeks before the event was to take place the acting Egyptian parliamentary power announced the final elections to be held on the same dates as the competition, between two major parties racing to be the first democratically elected president in the middle east. I considered postponing the dates until the following weekend but knew the tides would be all wrong and a had gut feeling that the wind would let us down. After a quick ring around we did a poll of our own, asking guests, neighbors, competitors and good mates’ if we should run the competition on the scheduled weekend. To my surprise 90% of the results supported running the competition on the same dates as the elections. The majority of voters were able to vote the following day. At this crucial time of decision making one of my team members came up to me and said “ Morgs, this is our life…this is what we do”. That there, was the nail in the coffin, the green light to do what we got to do.

THURSDAY 14th June 2012

Typically Thursdays’ of the King of the Lagoon are planned for the sponsors to set up their banners and early competitors to come down register for their events and get a feel for the competition area. Over the past 3 years it’s a quiet day, no one turns up as planned, some would say it’s the calm before the storm.  This year was different.  All local sponsors turned up in the morning asking for help to put up banners and flags, the first 20 competitors turned up wanting to register into their events and get on the water as soon as humanly possible. The energy around the soul kitesurfing centre was electric.  Everyone was moving with purpose and had these great big grins spreading from ear to ear that did not leave their faces all weekend.  Registration went right up until 9pm that night, we even had a couple of professional sponsored riders turn up from Safaga, at least 8 hours drive away from Ras Sudr. Respect for that!


7:30am the Soul Kitesurfing Team was on the beach preparing before the 9am briefing. 

The caterers from Helly's Kitchen arrived and made themselves at home behind the bar, with the most food we have ever seen… Bring on lunch time! The P.A system had also turned up and our resident MC Giles Wilkinson was making magic happen with a make shift extension cable and a dodgy power point.

8:30am and the first competitors started to appear on the beach claiming a bean bag or two setting themselves up under the shade of umbrellas with the best views.

9:30am running a bit late as the last competitors were registering I started the briefing. I welcomed all competitors to the fourth King of the Lagoon Competition, Hard to believe this was our fourth event. I explained the days format 10am first heats for the Big air will hit the water, 4 competitors each having a judge timing them. Longest time wins. 

Lunch will be served from Midday until 5pm .

2pm is low tide thank God it wasn’t too low this week. There was enough water to start the first heats of the freestyle event. 4 person heats lasting 10minutes each, competitors scored on a points system. Top two competitors move into the next round.

6pm will be prize giving. 

9pm Taxi van will be leaving for the party at Moonbeach Windsurfing Centre.

Both events Master guru and 20km downwinder will be run on Saturday.

Big Air:

10am: 18knots of wind kicked in and the first groups of competitors hit the water.  The lagoon was pushing up to high tide and was creating some small chop that allowed competitors to get extra height on their jumps. Jumps were only recorded if competitors completed their jumps within the competition area and rode away. For the next 2 hours Competitors were seen flying high, and some crashing hard. The crowds on the beach started to gather in numbers.


2pm: The tide was at it’s lowest and the judges Aldo da silva and Jacques Van Schalkwyk decided to postpone the start of the Freestyle event till 3pm.

By 3pm the first heat was on the water and competitors were not holding back. Big grabs, front and back roations, kiteloops were seen from the judging tent. The second heat was even more explosive, lots of unhooked tricks, bar passes and kiteloops. By the end of round one it was clear that all competitors had pushed the level of riding from last years event. The start of the semi finals saw spectators crowding around the sand bars up wind of the competition area with a new respectful riders point of view. As the end of the second semi final came to completion so did the wind. Judges made the call to delay the final by 30minutes to see what the wind would do. Finally there was a spell of consistent wind that looked like it was going to hang around long enough, so the competitors got out there and fought it out.  The final was a great show and congratulations to the competitors they worked hard for their results.

The results were:

Big Air Winner: Omar Fata: 5.28secs

Freestyle Women:

1ST PLACE: Sjoukje




1ST PLACE: Vincenzo

2nd PLACE: Sherif Soliman

3rd PLACE: Mathieu 

After Prize giving and a quick feed, most competitors were seen rocking out to the live band that was playing down at Moonbeach windsurf centre. Truly a great night of music the band had the beach pumping.


SATURDAY 16TH June 2012

After a sneaky few hours of sleep, I was back at the Soul Kitesurfing Centre. Briefing was held at 9am. The Master Guru event was to take place at 10am, followed by the downwinder from Fun kite surfing Centre.  Taxis were to pick competitors up from the centre at 1pm, the event was scheduled to start at 2pm on the beach at Fun Kite.

The wind was great for the master guru event. This event is designed for all levels of riders. The challenge is to push your own riding. A competitor names a trick they have been trying but not yet can perform and goes out in a competition setting for 15minutes and solely performs the trick. If the competitor performs the trick they get crowned as a master guru. 

1pm: A single taxi Van arrives to take competitors up to the start line of the down winder. I had planned and booked two but those forces working against me were in full force and so was my hangover.

The boys from red bull put there hands up and offered to carry all the equipment and anyone who didn’t mind open transportation to jump on the back of their truck .

Problem solved and away we went. Traveling in the back of a truck at 90km per hour surrounded by a handful of friendly faces and a stack load of kitesurfing equipment made me smile the true spirit of why I kitesurf was showing and it was a great moment I will never forget in my life.

Unfortunately by the time we got to fun kite set up all our kites the wind had dropped and we had to cancel the event. Our taxi van had left so we all traveled back in the pick up back to soul kitesurfing centre.

Once back lunch and prize giving were to follow congratulations to the following 

Master Guru

Hany Soliman

Kareen Ghoneim

Ramy hadad

Amir Allam TBC

Thanks heaps to all the local and international sponsors without your help this event would not of happened. Until next year see you on the water soon.

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Susi and Dre Hit the UK

Rain or Shine...Join Dre and Susi at The Watersports Academy, Sandbanks Poole UK, this weekend.  

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Dre and Annabel head to Belgium

There's a party going on....Join Dre, Annable, Cabrinha and Matos Kite & Surf shop July 13th from 5PM on at Matos in Bruxelles.  

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The Venezuela Report


After a few hiccups on his way to Venezuela Alby finally made it.  WIth his pockets a lot less heavy from the fee's he paid on the way, he was stoked to be done traveling and exchanged some money before heading to the event site.  "Adicora definitely impressed me! It looked like the smallest fishing village on the beach during the week, but for the weekend it got super packed with people from the closest cities coming down to enjoy the beach.  The wind was non-stop from sunrise to sunset and apparently it is like that from December all the way until June. The water is shallow and really hot with little kickers all along the coast! " he said.

"The comp started and I had a good first heat with a local guy from Adicora." said Alby.  For the 2nd heat of the single he was against Kevin Langeree, former 2009 World Champ from Holland.  "I had a solid heat, only crashed once, landing regular and switch backmobes, Grab S-mobe5, FrontblindMobe even landed my first ever G-spot in competition (which is a toeside backmobe) and rode fully powered. " he said.   Unfortunately a few of the judges, not all of them,  gave Kevin more points for more basic high maneuvers.   This comes as a big disappointment to Alby as the riders voted for the Pkra rules to score higher for more technical moves.  Loosing by 0.1 points Alby sucked it up and headed for the doubles.
 "I was against Marc Jacobs, who got 3rd overall last year…I was stoked to have a solid heat and advance!  Everything was allright until the first trick in my heat with Sam Light. I didn’t land my S-mobe and my strap broke so the board hit my knee …the water was quite shallow too, so I hit the bottom.   Sam was riding solid…I changed boards but I could’t come back!  I guess that’s how it goes sometimes!" Alby said.  
Although Alby was sour about taking 6th place AND realizing how he could have doubled his money had he exchanged it on the black market, the new kids on the block Annabel and Liam were both pretty happy placing in the top 10 at this stop.  Bryan Lake is another Cab rider to keep your eyes on... this guy is smoking the comp like a stogie in the racing department. Exciting times ahead as the team heads to Cold Germany for the next stop of the tour.
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Kiteboarding for Cancer

The Columbia Gorge Cabrinha Crew heads up a fundraiser to benefit Kiteboarding for Cancer or KB4C.  Join the festivites in the Beer Garden at the Big Horse Brewpub in Hood RIver OR, July 5th. 


G Spot and special sauce

 Alby lands a G-spot...(his first ever in a competition) but it just wasn't enough to take the heat.  Stay tuned for updates from Venezuela and watch to see how he does in the doubles.


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