Pete Visits Japan

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Cabrinha held the first dealer meeting in Japan this past June in Haimurubushi, a beautiful resort hotel in Kohama Island in the Ishigaki Island Group near Okinawa.  The timing of the meeting was perfect for the location  as the rainy season had just finished and there was plenty of sunshine and wind. Dealers attended from all over Japan to listen to Pete’s presentation as well as test ride on all the 2010 products.  The second day was especially epic, with a constant 20 knots wind blowing across the crystal clear warm water.  The high level riding of the dealers showed off kiteboarding at its best to guests of the resort and local kiteboarders. We also had a speed trial competition and Mr. Ogawa, owner of Hello Surf, won the prize. Thanks to all the dealers who attended and we hope this meeting helps the growth of kiteboarding in Japan.

The Nomad starts its journey

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Jesse Richman and Cameron Dietrich along with French riders Victor Hays, Matthieu Judic, and Alex Campet traveled through France in an RV this past June in search of wind and waves. Click her for a preview of Benoit Paillard's film.

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Mai Tai Camp on Forbes.com Video Network

Forbes.com Video Network joined yearly Mai Tai Camp this year which was a fabulous success. Over 80 descended upon Maui for a week of kiting and networking, hosted by Bill Tai and Susi Mai. Click here for the video.

Greg Norman Jr. Joins Cabrinha Team

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GREG NORMAN JR. JOINS CABRINHA TEAM

Cabrinha is proud to announce the addition of Greg Norman Jr. to its team. Greg is not only an outstanding wakestyle rider, but he is also electrifying at the cable park and his friendly helpful demeanor will fit in nicely with the likes of Damien Leroy, Jon Modica, Clarissa Hempel, Andre Phillip, Susi Mai, Kevin Steen, Rob Douglas, Jesse Richman, David Hastilow, Cameron Dietrich, and Melissa Gil. Also having joined teams with Ronix wake, Greg will finally bridge the gap for Cabrinha between wakestyle kitesurfing and wakeboarding, specifically cable park riding. Greg has chosen the Switchblade kite and Custom board as his gear of choice for his riding style. Greg's primary area of focus will be in the mainland US/Canada, but he also travels extensively to Hawaii, Australia, and the Caribbean. Currently, Greg is filming on location the Caribbean working on a new project with ACL Productions.

CONTACT: Todd Gréaux, Adventure Sports Inc. 305-591-3922

Kitespeed World Champ Melissa Gil

melissaAlexandre Caizergues (FRA, F-One) and Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha) are the Kitespeed World Champions 2009.

After two races on the first day of the competition, the wind did not return to the event side based at Plage Napoleon, France. Although the race committee tried to go for an early start at 8:00 hours at the final day of the competition, the conditions never improved enough to allow for fair racing.

Local Alexandre Caizergues from Port St. Louis defended his title from the past two years, while for speed-rookie Melissa Gil the victory over defending world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA, F-One) and current world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA, Naish) was a surprise. Being on speed equipment only since one months, she should be the new star in womens competition.

Melissa won the first leg of the competition, while her biggest opponent Charlotte shot a bullet in the second leg, but due to the decreasing winds Melissa scored with 30.03 knots the better speedand thus secured the overall victory.

In the mens fleet, runner-up Rob Douglas (USA, Cabrinha), with 50.54 knots second fastest man in the world, was able to defeat Caizergues in the first round, but struggled with the light conditions in leg two. Most consistent was Sylvain Hoceini (FRA, Griffin) with two second places also overall in second.
Third then Douglas, with the top-speed of the competition (33.94 knots). His team-mate, US racing star Damien Leroy (Cabrinha) scored an excellent fourth place in his first speed competition, aking use of the light conditions. Local rider Sylvain Maurin (FRA, F-One) completed the top 5 mens ranking.

Competitors and organizers were fully satisfied with the completion of the first IKA world championship, even when the wind conditions were not as expected. For the speed world ranking, the next points can be scored in Namibia late summer, and then in the United States and Ireland later in the year.

Alberto Rondina in Leucate

img_3179Best Trick Results for Mondial Du Vent in Leucate, France

Men:
1st - Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) Mobe 7
2nd - Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) Mobe 7
3rd - Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) Slim Chance to Blind

Congratulations to Alberto for placing in his first PKRA competition.

China Competition – Hainan 2009

China has just had it’s first ever Kitesurfing Competition, held in China’s Tropical Island  – Hainan -  The event was a great success.

img_2616_newsCabrinha International Team Rider David Hastilow was there as a special guest and was extremely impressed with the organization of the event. 

As with all competitions, the only thing you can’t control is the weather and unfortunately the wind didn’t quite hold for the event.  Despite this each rider persevered with what wind they had, creating a spectacle for the massive media representation.

img_2734_newsThe event was covered on many news channels, magazines and newspapers throughout China.

Dave Hastilow:  ‘This was an epic event, in a perfect location.  The weather was 35 degrees C each day.  The kiters from China were awesome and I’d like to thank the  event organizers for being so accommodating and great people with a real passion to have China as a big kite event location.  Can’t wait to go back!!!’

The organizers of the event are planning to repeat the event in December, which is the guaranteed windy season in Hainan.  The media will again be there in full force and it is promised to be a img_2883_newsspectacular event.

For more photos of the event, click here.

CABRINHA Continues to Dominate National Kite Competitions

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CONTACT:  Kent Marinkovic, Adventure Sports, Inc.  305-591-3922

CABRINHA Continues to Dominate National Kite Competitions!
Cabrinha riders faced strong competition in Florida’s competitive Spring series of events, but came through once again proving that all kites are not created equal.  Cabrinha Kitesurfing… Innovations That Matter…

pack_3Miami Kiteboard Masters

attaa0adRacing Men
1st  Damien Leroy    CABRINHA   
2nd Kent  Marinkovic    CABRINHA       
3rd  Mike Gebhardt    CABRINHA   
4th Josh Noe        CABRINHA
attbd92e5th Brandon Bowe   
6th Todd Greaux        CABRINHA
7th Melissa Gill        CABRINHA
8th Garry Menk        CABRINHA

Racing Women
1st Melissa Gill        CABRINHA
2nd  Stacey Fonas        best

Freestyle Men

1st Damien Leroy        CABRINHA
attbf1b82nd Tom Field        north
3rd Will Caldwell        naish

Freestyle Women
1st Melissa Gill        CABRINHA

Islamorada Invitational

Racing
1st Damien Leroy        CABRINHA
2nd Billy Parker        flexifoil
3rd Kent Marinkovic    CABRINHA

Freestyle
1st Damien Leroy        CABRINHA
2nd Billy Parker        flexifoil

Park
1st Damien Leroy        CABRINHA
2nd Andy Hurdman    liquid force
3rd Billy Parker        flexifoil
n749326998_2694239_56231634th Jon Modica        CABRINHA

Slalom
1st Damien Leroy        CABRINHA
2nd Billy Parker        flexifoil
3rd Mike Gebhardt    CABRINHA
4th Jon Modica         CABRINHA

Tampa Bay Kite Masters Down Wind Race

Men:
1st Mike Hall        CABRINHA   
2nd Damien Leroy    CABRINHA
3rd Billy Parker        flexifoil

Women:
1st Melissa Gill        CABRINHA

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