Olympic Trials

Our own Damien LeRoy goes to Spain to represent kiteboarding for consideration as a class in the Olympic Sailing Competition and the ISAF Sailing World Cup.  Damien, amongst the 18 riders from 10 nations and 4 continents, demonstrated for the pannel all there is to show about kite racing.  The ISAF evaluation panel consisting of members of the ISAF windsurfing and kiteboarding committee, events committee and equipment committee will collect data and present a report to the ISAF during the mid year meeting.  "It is not a matter of IF we get into the Olympics... it is WHEN!  The impact we made in Spain is big! We don’t need to fight any boat or class for a medal we are so unique and exciting.  It will happen." LeRoy says.

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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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