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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Position: Graphic Designer / Illustrator

Location: Kahului, Hawaii (Maui)

Type: Full-Time 

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We are seeking an experienced graphic designer with illustration skills to join our Maui team. 

Duties:

- Work with the art department, marketing, and product managers to achieve on-time, on-target projects.

- Create technical diagrams and illustrations highlighting features for various products.

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- Aid in the development of print Catalogs / Advertising / Packaging / Collateral / Displays / Online content

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- Interest and passion for kiteboarding is a plus.

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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

Day 8,http://vimeo.com/32768622

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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Slalom World's update

Cabrinha Boys looking strong at the Slalom World's in Spain. Damien, Bruno and Bryan Lake all taking their heats with no more than 8 kts of wind. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Who will take home the $$$ and bragging rights?

 

Twelve of the fastest guys in the world and one girl, Charlotte Consorti (who has proven to be as fast as the guys) have been invited to Martha's Vineyard, MA, to see who will take home bragging rights as "The fastest sailor in the world".  Watch Video

The two week event will be held October 17, 2011 through the 31st.  It is an all or nothing event where the world's fastest kiters will battle it out on American waters with kiteboarding's biggest prize purse, $27,000 USD up for grabs.

Who will take home the money and bragging rights?

The American challenges the Frenchmen.

 

*OFFICIAL 2011 NASSI EVENT RIDER LIST*

(listed by) sail number....best speed....sponsor’s

1. Rob Douglas US-555 - 55.65kts WR & NR – Lynch Associates, The Black Dog, Cabrinha, NPX, Dakine

2. Alex Caizergues F-21 - 54.93kts - Ouest Provence, AlpEnergie, F ONE, Volkwagen Utilitaires, Placide, Zenith, Orange

3. Seb Selarno F-64 - 54.28kts - GIN Kiteboarding , EDF , ROOTS Shape, Microfins, Momai

4. Sylvain Hoceini F-53 - 52.90kts - optimumkite.fr, Rip Curl, Griffin

5. Charlotte Consorti F-4 - 50.43kts WR &NR - AIRWAVES, EAFIT, FONE

6. Morgan Douglas US-57 - 49.69kts – Lynch Associates, The Black Dog, Cabrinha, West

7. Christophe Prin-Guenon F-9 - 49.54kts - F.ONE, THE BLACKDOG, ROOTS, Prolimit, Le Robinson

8. Jamie Douglas US-56 - 49.49kts – Lynch Associates, The Black Dog, Cabrinha

9. Bill Lynch US-52 - 42.32kts WC – Lynch Associates

10. Jerome Bila F-8 - 49.26kts - GENETRIX / DABENS / BLANKFORCE

11. Manu Taub F-13 - 49.09kts - Fuerteventura / F.one / Line up Fueteventura

12. Patrice Menossi F-40 - 48.74kts - Deska, Ozone , ME

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