Rob Douglas In Good Company

douglasKelly Slater, Rob Douglas, Antoine Albeau and Amaury Lavernhe are

«Athletes Of The Year 2010» by SurferToday has announced the standout riders of the year 2010. The selection of the best surfer, kitesurfer, windsurfer and bodyboarder was a very hard task in this 12-month period.

A lot of challenges have successfully been conquered by many athletes, showing cutting edge performances in our wave and wind water sports.

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Cabrinha Boys Break SA Record

Cabrinha Boys Break SA Record

Douglas Van Der Merwe and Greg Thijsse have smashed the South African long distance kiting record. The two set out on a mission last Sunday to kite from Paternoster to Strandfontein. Assisted by a 6m rubber duck and land support the two departed at 10:30 AM in strong South Easterlies. All was going well until they started to cross Britannia bay en route to Elands Baai. The wind dropped to a marginal 8 knots and the two struggled for a good hour to keep there kites in air and try edge towards a band of wind on the coast (10km away).

The two JUST made it to the beach where they decided it was time to change the kite. 
Doug put up a 14m2 cross bow and Greg put up a 13m2 Nomad 2011. With the big sails in the air the two were off again and had just enough power to sail through the transition from the South Easterly to the South Westerly (a more common wind on the west coast).
The South Westerlies then built throughout the day and by the time they arrived at Elands Baai they had a good 25knots in their gigantic kites.
They had reached half way! The two now averaging 30km/hour put their endurance caps on and flew their way down to the finish. 
6 hours of kiting time was recorded and a mighty 148km non stop was put down in the books as the new South African long distance record.
Well done boys.

Doug and Greg are on a mission to complete the entire west coast by kite.
After this last leg, they have completed Struisbaai - Doornbaai and have approximately 480km more to go to complete their 1000km challenge.

Cabrinha is proud to be powering them...

Sailing’s Best of 2010 Are Shortlisted

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (December 8, 2010) – With the record books shortly to close for 2010, US SAILING is celebrating the year in review with the release of its shortlist of nominees for the 2010 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards.  A nod to some of the top performances in the sport of sailing in the United States, those making the 2010 shortlist represent the diversity of the sport, from match racers and speed record breakers to one-design champions and Olympic hopefuls.  

The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each nominee and vote to determine US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.  The ultimate winners will be announced in mid-January and honored on February 25, 2011, during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, when they will be presented with Rolex timepieces. 

Established in 1961 by US SAILING and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US SAILING's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are considered the sport's ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year.  Over its history the coveted award has been presented to 38 men and 32 women, including these notable sailors who have claimed the honor multiple times:  Ed Adams, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Dennis Conner, JJ Isler, Allison Jolly, John Kostecki, Buddy Melges, Ken Read, Cory Sertl, Lynne Shore, Jody Swanson and Ted Turner.  

Nominees shortlisted for US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award
: Sunfish North American Champion Bill Brangiforte (Weymouth, Mass.); Melges 24 North American Champion Adam Burns (North Tonawanda, N.Y.); 505 North American Champion Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.);
Luderitz Speed Record Breaker Robert Douglas (Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.); J/24 World Champion Tim Healy (Newport, R.I.); Jules Verne Circumnavigation Record Winner Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.); Marinepool Melges 24 World Champion Jonathan McKee (Seattle, Wash.); Newport to Bermuda Race Winner Rives Potts (Essex, Conn.); Lightning North American Champion David Starck (Buffalo, N.Y.); and Star North American Champion George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.)

Nominees shortlisted for US SAILING’s 2010 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award
: 470 Women’s North American Champion Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.); ICSA/Laser Performance Women’s Singlehanded National Champion Claire Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.); Kieler Woche Laser Radial Champion Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Laser Radial Youth Women’s World Champion Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); U.S. Women's Match Racing Champion Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.); and
Rolex Miami OCR Women’s Match Racing Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.). 

For highlights from the year’s racing results for each nominee, please visit:

About Rolex Watch U.S.A.

Since Rolex Watch U.S.A. first presented timepieces to America's Cup defenders in 1958, the company has consistently recognized and encouraged excellence in every important arena of competitive sailing, including US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics preparation, US SAILING championships, disabled sailing, offshore, one-design and women's events. 


The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. For more information, please visit

PKRA in New Cal.

albynewcalAlby In New Cal... looking forward to the last stop of the PKRA on the Gold Coast.

KTA Round Two- China

china styleBaijin KTA China

Round Two of the Kiteboard Tour Asia

Baijin KTA China, the event at one point looked like it might be canceled due the areas recent typhoon damage and flooding, However luck was on our side... it turned out to be an absolute classic event in the end with...




  • the largest field of riders at a KTA event to date – 81 riders from 17 countries.
  • a huge Chinese style opening ceremony, with fireworks and the army in attendance
  • a kicking freestyle comp
  • 60 course racers
  • full on TT Class
  • a race Clinic from World Champion Bruno Sroka
Topped off with a cracking awards night and pool party, and even more fireworks!


The location for the second round of the KTA 10/11 was on the island of Hainan that sits off the south coast of mainland China, the only truly tropical part of the country - something much appreciated by us all, as with palm trees and sun, you can’t go too far wrong. So, with all stops being pulled out by the Hainan and Wenchang local governments, in the wake of their recent flooding nightmares, they somehow managed to fully support the Baijin KTA China making us the only event still allowed to run this side of the New Year.

Wenchang is a new kiteboard location discovery and what a perfect one it is too - long wide sandy beaches, a large flat water bay protected by a reef around 2km out to sea, wind all year round and the 5 Star Baijin Holiday Hotel backing it all up as the title sponsor for China. Although in reality the wind could have been kinder and did not quite reach the forecasted

20kts as much as we would have liked, the venue still provided us with competition each day.

Things began pre-competition with the Bruno Sroka race clinic, supported by KTA head judge Stephan Hertig and the IKA’s Markus Schwentner who gave the race rules and Olympic bid updates to kick things off. Then it was over to Bruno for the rest of the afternoon for a wide ranging clinic that took the riders not only through the practical on water race skills, but also race strategy and the preparation that goes into becoming a world champion racer. Sponsored by the KTA’s tile brand sponsor Cabrinha, Bruno also joined all the races as a non-scoring rider, showing the rest of the fleet the level they need to be aiming for. Perhaps not surprisingly Bruno did actually win each race.

The first day of competition began with a formal Chinese opening ceremony with speeches from the top government officials to welcome the KTA and wish everyone luck, watched and applauded by some 1000 spectators on the beach. Then with an explosion and a bang the air filled with multicolored smoke fireworks and the Baijin KTA China hit the water for the first racing of the event.

With the TT and race board classes together, both the men’s and women’s fleets raced at the same time. The current Asian and KTA tour champions Yo (Narapichit Pudla), Hong Kong’s Hill Siu and Kathrin Borgwardt from Germany were again to show that they were still on top of their game, but new faces also emerged into the top slots throughout the afternoon – Aya Oshima from Japan and Dennis Wong out of Hong Kong both making an impression in the TT class and showing the shape of things to come.

Day two opened with better wind so attention was turned to the men’s freestyle which began well, but a change in wind direction was to turn the heats into a rider and judge’s nightmare. After the successful opening heats we reached a point where Francios Bacquet and William Bourget must have thought they were in ‘Groundhog Day’ as three times their heat began and was then abandoned. Happily for them the head judge and race officer decided enough was enough and after a short break moved back into racing, which ended with a mass two-leg downwind race as the days wind finally dropped out – quite a spectacle 60 riders setting off from either the beach or the water, a start we know that our water crews will not be forgetting quickly. Still in the end with all riders home safely the KTA headed into Wenchang town for a taste of the local nightlife and party magic.

Into day three and the conditions finally allowed Franc and William to complete their heat, with the win going to William. Things then progressed smoothly as faces from past KTA events and new kids on the block fought it out in some spectacular rounds of freestyle as we moved towards the single eliminator finals. Yo, this time struggling from injury, was to still battle it through to the finals against Nobile team rider Mike Blomvall and Hiro Nakano the 16 year champion from Japan was also showing well as was Kin Nguyen Ngoc from Vietnam, but in the end Mike was to prove just a bit too experienced for the Asian riders and took himself into first place. In a smaller women’s field, Marielle Van De Riet from Holland, Nao Degawa and Aya Oshima from Japan where to give the current KTA champion Kathrin Borgwardt a hard run through to the finals. However this time it was to be Aye … in what turned out to be an amazingly overall medals performance in China, who was to push Kathrin into unusual second place.

With the freestylers resting, the race fleets took back to the water again in the mid-afternoon to also enjoy the stronger wind conditions and gave the local crowds new to the art of kiteboarding some of the best racing action of the week.

Hopes were high then as we headed into the fourth and final day of competition to complete the freestyle double eliminators at the Baijin KTA China, but as you might know, when it comes to the wind gods, the best forecast for the week in reality turned out to be the worst in reality. There was however enough in the end for some further racing to take place which thankfully brought the competition to its close in the way that should, out on the water.

Then in the fading light of the afternoon the riders, supporters, beach crowds and officials all gathered for the closing ceremony. Attended by the head of the Hainan province Communist Party, the dignitaries and government members thanked and toasted the riders and KTA for introducing them all to the new sports world of kiteboarding and pledge future support and welcome to kiteboarders from the world over for further competitions in the future. The results were then read and the winning riders brought to the stage to receive flowers, trophies and a great deal of clapping, giving the KTA a very official and different finish to an event.

However, as the night fell, the beach BBQs sprang into life and everyone gathered for the final prize giving award and party. This time more familiar to one and all and of course being a robe and pool party, the riders and locals saw out the end of the event in true KTA fashion. Much more could be said of course, but hey you should have been there……

So don’t miss the next one.

See you in Vietnam!

Baijin KTA China Results

Top Three Places

Men’s Freestyle

1. Mike Blomvall - Sweden

2. Yo – Narapichit Pudla - Thailand

3. Hironobu Nakano - Japan

Women’s Freestyle

1. Aya Oshima - Japan

2. Kathrin Borgwardt - Germany

3. Nao Degawa - Japan

Men’s Course Race

1. Yo – Narapichit Pudla - Thailand

2. Deivis Miaciulis - Lithuania

3. Kazumasa Sugihara - Japan

Women’s Course Race

1. Kathrin Borgwardt - Germany

2. Aya Oshima - Japan

3. Hill Siu – Hong Kong

Men’s TT Race Class

1. Dennis Wong – Hong Kong

2. Deng Xiao Chen - China

3. Kin Nguyen Ngoc - Vietnam

Women’s TT Race Class

1. Aya Oshima - Japan

2. Nao Degawa - Japan

3. Eileen Teo - China

Bruno's Heading to China

bruno race video1The big news of the KTA is that Bruno Sroka the world champ course racer will be the special guest rider for the Baijin KTA China event. After weeks of behind the scenes work they finally got the Frenchmen in. With tickets, visa’s and boards all in place, Bruno is on his way to China. read more at KTA.

Outright World Speed Sailing Record

webrdwin Rob Does It Again…Recaptures Outright World Speedsailing Record.
OCTOBER 28TH, 2010

Call it amazing…call it ballsy…call it, “The Duel In the Desert Trench.” Drama personified in Ludertiz yesterday resulted in success for Team NASSP. Mission Accompished. Rob Douglas (USA 55 / Blue Leader) has accomplished exactly what he set out to do…he proudly and courageosly recaptured the Outright World Speed Sailing Record yesterday in the Ludertiz, 2nd Lagoon Trench.

With winds in excess of 45 knots and sand storms and sea spray all around, Rob entered The Trench. Riding his 9m Switchblade and speed board of choice, wearing his helmet and all additional padding and protection, Rob sailed down the Ludertiz Trench into a very questionable finishing area (completely closed and close to rocks and sand banks). He has once again sailed into the annals of sailing history…World Record Speed of 55.65 knots !

On Rob’s second run he got fouled up during the finish and fractured his right wrist. The NASSP Team has decided to have Rob return prematurely to Boston, MA. to undergo necessary medical procedures. On his return flight Rob will be accompanied by NASSP founding sponsor Bill Lynch (USA 52 / Green Leader).

Meanwhile, Jamie and Morgan will keep the kites in the sky as the high wind continues to pound the 2nd Lagoon. Coach Gebhardt will remain with The Boys.

Watch the video here.



Final results of the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge:








Rob Douglas (WR & NR)





Sebastien Cattelan (NR)





Alex Caizergues





Sebastien Salerno





Sylvain Hoceini





Gavin Broadbent (NR)





Basil Cambanis (NR)





Taro Niehaus





Charlotte Consorti (Ladies WR & NR)





Morgan Douglas





Jamie Douglas





Stefan Metzger (NR)





Manu Taub





Patrice Menossi





Sophie Routaboul





Marc Avella (NR)





Christophe Prin-Guenon





Fred Kloren





Tim Pumpa (NR)





Jernej Privsek (NR)





Anders Bringdal (NR) [W]





Sjoukje Bredenkamp





Zsolt Lenkei (NR)





Bill Lynch





Farrel O-Shea [W]





Afrit Foued (NR)





Nick Vardalaxos [W]





Andrea Baldini [W]





Zara Davis (PR) [W]





Leila Nouar



Lake Bariloche.... or should we say Burrrriloche

alby barilocheAlby Rondina spent the week in San Carlos de Bariloche for the highly anticipated PKRA tour stop. Located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, Bariloche is a small enchanting town surrounded by hills, woods and mountaintops covered with snow. The crystal clear water lake, soaring mountains and stunning glaciers are enough to mesmerize anyone who visits.
Ably says "It was definitely a "different" competition. Conditions were pretty hard, riding the 5.5m with 5.3 wetsuit, boots, gloves and hoodie wasn't very easy... especially after a month in warm Brazil! The water temperature was 6°C, outside was around 10°C so the biggest deal was to stay warm while competing!"
Bad luck in the single, releasing the kite in front of the rocks left Alby off the podium.  But some solid heats in the double, against Rodwald, Zabala, Bakker and Hebert after 4 heats in a row left Alby frozen...but happy with 5th.
"I'm stoked because I'm in the top 5 in the overall ranking! I'll be working hard to keep it up and maybe improve it in the last 2 events." Alby Rondina
Read more about the PKRA here:

Caroline Adrien finishes 1st

p1170822The town of San Carlos de Bariloche welcomed competitors from all over the world today as the highly anticipated PKRA tour stop finally made its debut after months of preparation and organization.

In the women’s division, French rider Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA) was no stranger to the cold water finishing first in both races today.

SOURCE:Surfer Today

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