The first Demo of the 2012 season in Lisbon at Fonte da Telha Beach was held this weekend. The weather was excellent with plenty of sun and easy Atlantic conditions. 12/20 knot winds with the Portuguese Cabrinha team Lourenço, Zeki, João Fernandes and Miguel Santos out test driving Switchblade, Vector, Drifter & Nomad Kites, and Spectrum, Caliber, S-Quad, Trigger, S-Killit, and Race Boards.... Free beer for everyone made for a great time!
From 10.09.2011 - 17.09.2011, Is your chance to improve your kite skills with Cabrinha Pro-Kiter Susi Mai at Playa Sotavento!
The camp price of 1150,-€ includes:
- The highest grade professional kite-lessons in small groups
- 6 days with Cabrinha equipment including insurance
- Transfer from/to the airport
- Accomodation in the 4****+ Hotel Meliã Gorriones (double room)
- Half Board
Optional accommodation supplements:
Single room supplement +175, - €
Over 40 of the top wakestyle riders flew in from all over the globe to compete in the Hood River,Oregon RhoSham Throwdown. As usual, it was one of the funnest kiteboarding events of the year! The Slider Project guys built an amazing park with 4 features for everyone to shred. With heats of 10 riders that lasted 30mins everyone was given enough time to shred all the features and throw flat water tricks in the mix. Although it was supposed to be summer we got cold winter conditions for the weekend which made the wind a bit on the light side which is not normal for Hood River. The final consisted of 10 of kiteboardings heaviest hitters going for all or nothing. In the end it was Andre Phillip 3rd, Aaron Hadlow 2nd and Billy Parker 1st.
Hood River Bridge
Dre in motion
View from the event site
Antiguans in the hood.
The Cabrinha crew with team riders Susi, Dre, Alby & Bruno hit France to meet and greet all of the attendees at the Cabrinha/NeilPryde French dealer meeting. Held in Wissant, a hidden jewel in the northern region, they spent a week checking out all the new gear with plenty of wind and a few surprise waves.
Susi Photo... The girl has skills
Testing the latest and greatest!
The crew checking out Pryde Group France warehouse.
Pete reading a French dictonary. Just kidding. It's Neil Pryde's new book A Will to Win.
Guys, I don't think that is the way to the beach.
30th june to 2nd july 201
1 Soul Kitesurfing held the third anual ‘king of the lagoon’competition, at the la hacienda Beach resort, Ras Sudr, South Sinai, Egypt.
Wednesday started off with the wind kicking up and the first competitors arriving to have an early practice session.
Thursday afternoon and evening saw more people arriving and heading straight out on the water after registering and collecting their King of the Lagoon t-shirts From Cat Emmerson. The DJ sound system was set up and the red bull buoys were put in to place.
Friday morning was when the competition kicked off properly. Starting with a quick briefing by judges Morgan Fahey and Lucy Scott. Zack Vanlue from Nile FM was the commentator, and played some great music that really got the beach pumping.
The first event was the big air (the person with the longest time in the air wins). The tide was high and slightly choppy which was great for launching off small waves to get some serious height, it also made landing a little more difficult and resulted in some big crashes. Making it interesting for the competitors and pretty entertaining for the spectators watching from the beach. Congratulations to Fadi Tawok with an overall best time of 5.75 seconds, His prize a new 2011 Cabrinha Caliber board. Fadi was stoked with the prize and said “ What this is for me, I can’t believe it”.
To avoid low tide the freestyle round started straight after the big air. Some amazing tricks were performed throughout, riders’ truly pushing themselves and their abilities. Highlights being board offs, F16s, powered ariel handle passes and unhooked kite loop’s. The final was an intense 15 minute contest with 6 competitors split between two lagoons . Judges were unable to make a clear decision as to who won and announced a 10 minute sudden death final between Gogo and Sherif Abouzeid for first and second place. After pulling out their bag of impressive tricks, the tide dropped and became dangerously low, both competitors threw down and pushed it to the limit. Sherif Abouzeid took 1st place after performing a sick airal handle pass, landing in 3inchs of water crowning him the King of the Lagoon. He was awarded a 2011 11m Cabrinha Switchblade kite.
That evening La Hacienda Beach resort put on a BBQ buffet Dinner in the Cabana restaurant on the beach, and was followed by the days prize giving and the Red Bull party in the sandbar. Spot prizes for the day were given to Omar Mitz and Monsour for Good Spirit. Bob for most dedicated competitor to get here on time. Robin for being talked into competing
Sunny for impressive raileys. And Hamada and Hassan (Beach Team) for lots of hard work on the beach, rescuing kites and helping competitors setup.
The next day super strong winds kicked in so unfortunately the down-winder planned for the afternoon was cancelled, but the high winds meant the Master guru became very interesting! In the master guru all the competitors choose a trick they can’t do yet and they and have 20 minutes to try and master it, which means beginners can perform alongside intermediate and professional riders’. Lots of Fun for the spectators particularly entertaining was Giles’ Wilkonsons attempt at a Jesus walk, walking on water while holding the board in the air and landing again. A massive congratulations to everyone who pulled off their chosen trick; Master gurus: Guindy and Saad with a railey, Bob with a back roll, Mitz and Mohammed Soliman with a double back roll, Adel with a jump, Sunny with a front roll and Mansour with a Back roll to toe side. All together everyone had a fantastic weekend with lots of prizes, crashes, smiles and dancing. A huge thanks to our sponsors, particularly red bull for the party and Cabrinha for providing the prizes. Thanks also to all the
competitors, spectators, and everyone who came down over the weekend! See you all next time J
Damien LeRoy and Keahi de Aboitiz have been nominated for the AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year, to be announced at Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida, during an awards ceremony Friday, September 9, 2011. You have until July 5 to vote for our boys at any of the following links.