A tsunami hit the Hawaiian Islands early Friday morning after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake shook Japan at 7:46 p.m. Thursday Hawaii time. Initially, the earthquake's magnitude was put at 8.9.
The damage resulted in the parks department closing Kite Beach due to flooded parking lots and 6-10’ drop offs where the sand had been sheared away. Click here for a slide show of the damage.
The Maui Kiteboarding Community went out in full force for a long day of removing rocks and debris from the Lessons Beach Kite Launch after the recent tsunami. The beach was a minefield of glass, rock, tin cans and other debris. But looks better now than it did before.
Pro Beach is still looking rough with tress down, fences washed away and the picnic table noticeably missing. Stay tuned for video footage and more pictures.
CabrinhaKites is pleased to introduce Christian Harris and Karine Nativel, who are joining our Team as key Technique Educators and European Brand Ambassadors.
Christian and Karine have been hosting coaching holidays and clinics since 2003. Their unique training style starts with a phenomenal background knowledge of all things that relate to kitesurfing. Their encompassing male and female perspectives and vast understanding of the different aspects of the sport comes from the considerable amount of time they spend on the water themselves plus the experience they have learned over the years of instructing their guests. The ever developing and evolving way they instruct kitesurfing, not to mention a formidable Anglo-Franco alliance, and a hefty dose of fun make the pair ideal Ambassadors and Educators.
If you fancy a week or more of energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, coaching, progression and fun, whilst squeezing in a year’s worth of learning, with a killer group of motivated people...Indulge yourself in one of their select clinics in Cape Verde, Venezuela, Egypt or Brazil. Check out dates and availability at their new website www.ckperformanceclinics.co.uk
Christian and Karine will soon be bringing you their "Secrets of Kitesurfing" series exclusively to the Cabrinha website. Focusing on the little things that make a huge difference. Stay tuned for more....
The Billabong BVI Kite Jam was one of the best events of the year. Sponsored by Billabong, Cabrinha & Richard Branson the week long festivities in the beautiful British Virgin Islands had it all. From the "Round Necker" Challenge to the downwinder at Windless Bight to surfing head high waves at Cow Wreck Beach to flat water sessions with short rails & a kicker no detail was left out. Big thank you to Scotty Wilson and Charlie Smith for organizing the event of the year.
Custom BVI Jam Kites
2011 BVI Jam Crew
Dre in his element
Dre in his element #2
Susi on Board the Cabrinha Boat
Pete and Dre after a day kiting
Backflip off the boat
Cow Wreck Beach
Necker Beach Bar
It has been over 10 years or more since I had touched my race skies or even been on snow! I ventured this year out with my brother to Idaho to get a taste of my previous life as a ski racer!! It was like being a little kid. Epic snow conditions beautiful days. Everyone had a nice laugh at our old skies and boots, but when it came down to racing well it was all cleared up as my old stuff still worked and I managed to take the win in my first snowkite event! Ken Lucus and I managed to take first and third in the Snowkite Soldier event for Cabrinha. A big thanks goes out to Trisha and Monty for all your efforts for a great event! Also to Dave Grossman with Drift snowkite Magazine and all the volunteers and helpers that put the effort to make this such a special time for us flying up from Florida! More info at www.snowkitetour.com. Thanks Damo
For more photos visit www.damienleroy.com
Results Below: Congrats to all the athletes!
1. Damien Leroy
Tie: Jon McCabe, Ken Lucas
4. Tyler Brown
5. Ray Leroy
6. Chris Nester
7. Luke Orton
8. Jamy Donaldsen
1. Billy Bordy
Tie: Aaron Sales, Jacob Buzianis
4. Oliver Palmers
5. James Brown
6. Remi Meum
7. Matt Thames
8. Nate Boer
9. Stuart Penny
1. Melissa Cronin
2. Trisha Smith
Tie: Renee Decosse, Francis Cronin
5. Monica Bassett
1. Colleen Carroll
2. Katherine Fischer
3. Lisa Kay Keen
4. Mary Zingarelli
Amateur Men’s Ski
Tie: Ravil Muslymov, Richard Hallman
3. Sheldon Decosse
4. Nick Levi
Amateur Mens Board
1. Frank Wittke
2. Chris Philp
3. Jack Zwnberg
So after a year of not having a Wave Nationals, it was great to see an event this year with the 2011 AKSA National Wave Kiting Championships held on the 3rd - 7th of January at Warrnambool in Victoria. With some great wind and waves on offer, it was good to see everyone riding and how good the standard is. The waves were pretty solid and although the wind wasn't perfect it allowed for some pretty good riding. In the end I managed to take out 1st place in the opens with Mike Walker in 2nd and Dave Sorenson in 3rd. It was a really fun week and a big thanks goes out to everyone who organised the event and helped out.
Photos by Gary Becus
The annual Cabrinha distributor meeting held on Maui was epic this year. Kicking the week off with great wind conditions and a nice swell the Cab crew including our pro riders Alby Rondina, Susi Mai, Jason Stone and Reo Stevens packed into beach front houses in Paia on Maui’s north shore. Starting the day off with a morning surf prepared the crew for the day’s meeting. The cutting edge secrets discussed behind closed doors will likely be revolutionary and mind boggling or at least really f’ing cool. After the meeting of the minds hitting the beach to test the latest and greatest was like a scoop of ice cream on hot apple pie. Between impromptu acoustic jam sessions and debates over how many chicks Alby would pick up we managed to tie one on every night leaving those of us that live here feeling like we’ve got our heads stuck in a bag of vog. When the wind died down we hit Kanaha for SUPing to clear our minds. The week was awesome! Thanks to everyone that made it happen. Can’t wait for next years meeting.
Arriving in Boracay in Feb 2010 for the first time, I immediately fell in love with it. From the beautiful white sand beaches to the lively night life. It has something for everyone... and the kiting is epic.
Meeting up with, Nenette Graf, informally known as the “Godmonther of watersports” on the island, and also the Cabrinha distributor for the region, I was quite sure we would get up to some fun activities. We decided to do a small “meet and greet” for some local female kiters. When I got to Bulabog beach where the Green Yard school operates at the end of this incredibly beautiful beach that morning, I found more chicks with kites than I had ever seen in one place. At this point Nenette and I had a little chat, and at the end of that day I knew what we had to do.
And So begins the ALL CHICKS KITE CAMP .
10 months later- Back in the Philippines, boarding the little prop plane that takes you to Boracay for the first leg of our 2 part camp adventure. 15 girls stationed at green yard, the 1st kite school on Boracay established in 2002.
When we landed I could tell right away we may be finding alternate activities.
The wind was down and we needed to keep the girls busy. Similar to tag, we played a traditional Philippino game called PATINTERO where you divide everyone into two teams; one team is “it” and has to try and tag the other team members that are trying to reach the other side of the field, but without leaving the lines of the playing field.
When we got too hot from all the running around acting like little kids, we did an SUP relay race.
Our sponsors were really good and supportive and we had a different venue every day for lunch and dinner.
When we did get wind, we took full advantage and hit the water of course. It was pretty fun helping the girls rig up, trim gear, answer questions and explain tricks. They were so into kiting it made all that beach caddying worth it.
On one of our no wind days, we got pampered in BODY AND SOLE where we all had free pedicures. :)
For the second part of the trip, a few of us got on a plane and flew from Boracay via Manila to Laoag and embarked on a 4 hour drive to the municipality of Pagudpud.
This is a place in the northern region of the Philippines and is pretty untouched and very stunningly beautiful.
We went to the Kingfisher, a kitesurfing paradise in the making, that, once completed, will definitely be able to rank in the top 10 kite spots in this world.
We spent 5 days in Pagudpud where we had wind and kited every day on small kites, 6 and 7s. The spot is very beginner friendly, with nice flat water on the inside and cross shore winds, but it also caters to the wave lovers and big air junkies with amazing waves on the outer reef.
I really loved being on this trip because it was one of those situations where the people, vibes and locations were so amazing it reminded me of why I’ve dedicated my life to kitesurfing.
I have never met a better group of girls, each was her own independent personality and different from the next, and there was not a single one that didn’t fit in and contribute to our little traveling circus.
Our days were filled with laughter, banter, stories and the odd boy talk and I feel exceptionally lucky to have been able to meet them and hang out with them in what is usually such a male dominated world.
The tentative dates for next year’s kite camp are somewhere in Decemeber so keep your calendars free because its going to be an event you won’t want to miss.