English Channel Crossing

It has been quite a journey to organize the English channel crossing. The weather has been playing cat and mouse with me and the french coast guards were cruelless in giving the authorization to cross the channel. Quite understandable when you consider the difficulty stopping a big shipping tanker... if you are on its way.  But its all done. Got my approvals and after checking the weather again, I decided that now is the perfect timing. Especially with the approval of kiteboarding in the Olympic games of 2016 in Rio! The synergy between my desire to break the world record by crossing the English Channel and the things that have bee happening around I decided to cross the channel this week.

Its been already a few months that I have been working on discovering the facts of the crossing, checking the channel, the currents, the waves and wind, developing the special equipment and training physically. I had so many chats with an old fisher men that has been out in the ocean for many many years now. There was so much to learn from them. Also the coast guards were giving me even more information about what is going on in the middle of the channel, where the highway of the shipping tankers is. And I believe the the brightest point of the crossing just happened this weekend: kiteboarding in the Olympic games. So motivated to do this.  Stay tuned for more from Bruno.



  I am personally very excited to see that Kiteboarding has been accepted into the Olympics by ISAF. This decision will open many new doors for our sport and we expect it to increase the potential active participants internationally. This is a great milestone in history of our sport.

This decision by ISAF is bittersweet; many of us believe there were many other sailing classes that could have been dropped instead of windsurfing.  RSX windsurfing is a dynamic and exciting sport, with strong base of young aspiring sailors, especially in developing counties that have invested so heavily.  The windsurfing culture has been built up over the years and we hope this decision does not dampen any spirits.

I firmly believe it is time for the Kiteboarding and the Windsurfing classes to be separated within ISAF.  They are clearly two separate sports. If this were to happen, the potential to push for the separate sports inclusion in the Olympics would be far higher.  The current “one-or-the-other” philosophy is not going to encourage a growth in
exciting new sailing sports.

Although very exciting, we also need to be careful what we wish for.  We have a massive challenge on our hands, with only four very short years to accomplish a multitude of hurdles facing our sport.  We need to address such issues as; international security standards, course rules, the logistics of launching and landing at predominantly sailing locations, box-class verses one-design class, light wind performance, water rescue, the list goes on.

I am certain we all look forward to the challenge; I just hope we can collectively acknowledge we have a long way to go.

As the holders of the current World Speed Sailing record, we are extremely excited, because we know how to make fast kites!

Rest assured, the Cabrinha kite development team is running full speed ahead.  We plan to build upon our heritage of producing race winning, high performance, thoroughbred kites. We stay committed to supporting our team of national and international racers.  We are serious about winning.

Best Regards,

Michael Raper


Cabrinha Quest

Cabrinha Kiteboarding is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with Offshore Odysseys

A mutual desire to seek out the world’s most remote and dynamic kitesurfing and surfing locations, while building awareness and inspiring solutions to the environmental crisis has culminated into a five year agreement between Cabrinha and Offshore Odysseys. The expedition is called the Cabrinha Quest. 

Segments of the journey are available exclusively to members of the expedition and limited memberships are still available and can be booked through the www.offshoreodysseys.com website. The schedule and information can be found here.

Offshore Odyssey CEO and Founder Gavin McClurg explains, “Offshore Odysseys began from a simple need to see what was beyond the horizon. Circumnavigating the earth providing remote sailing, kitesufing, and surfing charters provides that opportunity. Exploration remains at the heart of why we continue to wander.  But over the past decade and a half of our travels, sailing every ocean and dozens of the worlds seas, it has become clear that our model is no longer sustainable.  So, we are taking a “cradle to cradle” approach with every decision in our operation.  Our goal to operate at a carbon neutral low impact mandaite is just the beggining of this quest.” 

"I'm very excited to be a part of this journey. Ever since my first trip aboard Gavin's Discovery 3 years ago, I've been intrigued by the idea of seeking out kitesurfing and surfing locations off the beaten path. The Cabrinha Quest will now provide an attainable way to satisfy this curiosity for anyone who has a drop of adventure in their blood. The fact that this can be done in complete luxury with minimal impact to the environment is a huge bonus" says Pete Cabrinha.


The Cabrinha Quest is a seafaring expedition to seek out the world’s most remote and dynamic kitesurfing and surfing locations. A quest to experience native cultures in their natural state. To consciously explore the Oceans of the world with passion, integrity, and sensitivity to the cultures and ecosystems we inhabit.  To build awareness, global concern, and inspire solutions to the environmental crisis.

Remi Takes Victory at Ragnarok

200 of the world’s best kite riders went head to head in the epic Norse battle that is Red Bull Ragnarok. The conditions were much better this year than previous years, with steady wind and plenty of snow.

"I am stoked to take 1st place at Red Bull Ragnarok this weekend. Thanks to the awesome Cabrinha Switchblade 12 and a 180cm LibTech SkunkApe was it possible to beat to 100 other snowboarders in the race!!" says Remi  WATCH VIDEO

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Yes! Indeed this man is fast!

At it once again speed demon Rob Douglas proves he is a force to be reckoned with on a kite.  In addition to hosting the exciting PKRA World Cup the Mondial du Vent also hosts the Orange speed crossing Pro Am.   The live broadcast saw almost as many people checking in from home as were in attendance taking place last weekend with the conclusion over the weekend. Douglas went out the gate charging and won the event with speeds up to 43.32 knots.  We are always stoked to see Rob making a splash at events.


Demo in Isle of Palms SC

Join Damien and Olinah Kiteboarding this weekend if you are near Isle of Palms, South Carolina, USA.  They'll have all the goods down at the beach.


Welcome to the team Liam!

Cabrinha is pleased to announce Liam Whaley of Tarifa Spain has joined our international team.  Whaley at 15 years old is already stirring the pot on the PKRA tour.  It may be a little early to claim too much but we were all impressed to see him take out current world champ Youri Zoon in the singles in France. 

"My focus is on freestyle. I think living in Tarifa (the wind capital of Europe) I have a big advantage.  Most days in Tarifa you'll find good windy conditions to train with plenty of opportunity to ride with and learn from world class champions.  My dream is to become world champion by age 18, or sooner if possible! ;-) I consider myself pretty lucky to have my family and now Cabrinha supporting me on the journey to accomplish my dream!" Whaley said.




PKRA- France upset


A big HI-Five to Liam Whaley and Alby Rondina from all of us at Cabrinha.  15 year old Whaley takes out current world champ Youri Zoon in the single eliminations in some tough conditions. And Alby makes some noise on the live web cast against Langeree with hundereds of viewers checking in on the action.  Stoked to see the boys shaking things up early in the season!

In the heat between current World Champion Youri Zoon and the youngest rider on tour, Liam Whaley, each rider boosted huge air, with failures to stick landings on multiple occasions.  Zoon and Whaley brought some big back mobes and 313s to the table, while the underdog - Whaley - performed exceptionally well, earning a 6.3 for a Front Blind.  Ending in the biggest upset of the day, Whaley beat Zoon in a 2.63 difference in scores. In his heat that followed against local favorite, Sebastian Garat, Whaley performed just as impressively, exhibiting astonishing consistency, coming out on top with the winning position and earning the respect and adoration of everyone on the beach. He later lost to Alberto Rondina but won again in a battle against Carlos Madson, stepping up to the PKRA podium for his first time ever. Looking back on his match-ups, Whaley attributed his wins to an increased level of confidence throughout the day. READ MORE...



2012 Miami Kite Masters

Saturday April 7, 2012- An incredible day of racing and freestyle with blue skies and great breeze at the 2012 Miami Kite Masters. Team Cabrinha was well represented with Henry Connart flying in from Destin, Fl , Annabel Van Westerop “Tinkerbell” from Aruba and local riders Jan Lucas, Rich Gardner, Gary Menk, Leif Gibons, Alexandra Menk, Johnny Berger, Matt Collins, Brandon “The Bull” Bowe and Racing world Champion Damien LeRoy all on hand.

We could have not asked for a better day as the wind was averaging 15 to 20 knots at 10am.  First up was racing! A two-lap figure eight course made for exciting racing as the riders dodged one another at over 20 knots!  As the horn blew there was no question Cabrinha was looking very strong as  Damien LeRoy was pushing the men’s fleet with great speed and consistency. A big surprise was Matt Collins, wave rider extraordinaire, giving Damien a run for his money despite having spent little time on race board.  On the women’s side Annabel must have put her time in as she was smoking the women’s fleet and beating most of the men as well. 3 incredible races were held with nothing but non-stop action, tangles and close finishes.

In the freestyle, local boy wonder Johnny Berger came out firing! With 313’s and low mobes, he landed tricks he had never done before.  Matt Collins and Damien held nothing back as they both climbed the ladder board. There was no question Brandon Bowe was on a mission with incredible power and style, earning him his new nickname "The Bull". He was definitely looking like the guy to beat. On the women’s side it was a battle between Alexandra Menk and Annabel.  Very clean riding from both as they started to take down their competitors.  “Tinkerbell” was definitely riding very strong, stomping tricks like back to Blinds, Blind Gudge’s and huge kite loops.  She stole the show all the way to the final and walked away with the win.

The men’s final was a must see battle between Matt Collins, Damien LeRoy, Brandon Bowe and Leif Gibons.  Two minutes before the start the wind started to really pick up.  As the horn blew for the start riders were maxed out and the show started with massive jumps and supper powered handle passes. The crowd was fired up as everyone was going off, crashing like no other and pushing each other. The Bull was on a mission and never stopped till the last second of the heat.

As the horn blew and the final was over team Cabrinha had a little left to show and all the riders lined up, jumping simultaneously for the crowd, making the spectators go wild….  A wonderful day of non-stop action! 

Thank you to Miami Kiteboarding for a great event this year!

Results Men Race:

1.Damien LeRoy

2.Matt Collins

3.Gary Menk

Results Women Racing:

1.Annabel Van Westerop

2.Alexandra Menk

3.Jeanice Stone

Results Men Freestyle:

1.Brandon Bowe

2.Damien LeRoy

3.Leif Gibons

4.Matt Collins

Results Women Freetlys:

1.Annabel Van Westerop

2.Alexandra Menk

3.Jeanice Stone


Photo: Damien LeRoy


Photo: Rimas Kinka

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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