Guarjiru Round the Island

img_2656_11 Guajiru Round the Island Race & Party was held at Ilha
do Guajiru, the Flatwatersea! With a wide range of participants, from countries of all over the world.
The course was exhausting, and the kiters were really challenged by it's length:
Start at Praia da Barra, upwind to Casa da Bruxa, backdownwind, running 3 minutes over the Dunes, downwind over the Sea, then upwind back to Casa da Bruxa, and then downwind to the finish!
It was an amazing Race with amazing winners!

Men's results:                                                       

1. Victor Adamo. BRAZIL – CABRINHA  Rs1500,
2. Brahian de Leon Paulino.DOM REP.     Rs 750.-
3. Tomas Teixeira Gomes. BRAZIL      Rs 500.-
Women's result's:                                                    

1. Claudia Santos Dentra. BRAZIL       Rs 1000,- 

2. Mariliany Marques de Meneses. BRAZIL      Rs 500.-  

3. Monica Pimoni. ITALY     Rs 350.-  

Next year the event will take place again.
Larger in volume, larger in number of participants, larger prize money and
who knows an even more challenging course?
Reserve the date to be there and join the race of next year. Keep an eye on
this website and all major kiteboard magazines worldwide, around July 2011
the next Race will be announced to take place again in November.

More Versatility Heading into 2011

remiCabrinhaKites announces more versatility for its powerful kite team heading into 2011.

Kahului HI- January 18, 2011 CabrinhaKites swooped in and picked up 25 year old Remi Meum of Norway. Remi brings a wealth of talent and experience in the snow with him, and also adds another dimension to the multifaceted flavor of Cabrinha’s diverse team.

Meum has been on the snow kite tour since 2003, coming in1st at the World Snowkite Championships, 2nd at the Corona Extra World Cup. He is a 5 x Norwegian snowkite champion and has been heavily involved in three DVD productions. Entropy, Something Stronger, and Dimensions. Meum, spent his last five seasons riding with Petter, Sigve, Bjørn and Claes from the crew.

Watch for updates as Meum will turn heads with plans to compete at the Snowkite World Championship in Italy this February, a SnowJam in Norway, Snowkite soilders in Idaho USA this February, and the Superfly Open in Utah USA this February.  He will also be keeping busy organizing the gnarly Red Bull Ragnarok challenge this year. When he’s not traveling he will be sending us updates from his home base on Haugastoel/Hardangervidda, Norway’s best snowkiting spot!

KTA- Vietnam

ladies winners vietnam


What a twisty-turny tour stop in Vietnam! There was doubts but at the eleventh hour the wind and the conditions that Mui Ne is world famous for finally came to town and the KTA Vietnam grabbed the opportunity with open arms pulling out one hell of an event. After the frustration of the no wind days the riders were at last able to stretch their legs, race their socks off and blast out any lethargy as they battled it out in round after round of challenging freestyle competition and some hard fought course racing. Vietnam has been the long awaited return match for many riders from last year as established KTA riders once again had the chance to mix up out on the water, but it was not just the old faces that would be catching everyone’s attention. The Japanese riders once again showed themselves to be growing in confidence and ability, along with new riders from the Philippines making their first intro to the tour, a strong showing from Russia and impressive displays from local Vietnamese riders on their home patch. All of which meant this event really did live up to its potential.


all The philippine crew vietnam


Still for the KTA it was an event that almost fell at the final moment as it lost its headline sponsor nine days before competition was due to begin. At this point though we already knew that visiting riders had their flights booked and were on their way and the local guys had been training solid for the past year for their chance to show their talents - it was clear then that the show must go on! So piggy banks were raided, favors’ called in and local help mobilized to make everything work. The KTA Vietnam is the biggest riders grant ever made by the KTA - in effect to each and every rider that took part. It does unfortunately mean that we will now be limited in being able to offer future support to riders through the grant scheme for the rest of the tour, but better that than loose this event all together. So we are glad it worked out into a good competition and that you all had fun in Mui Ne.


a few happy kiters


We still of course would like to thank our KTA tour prize sponsors Cabrinha, Maelstorm, Triggernaunt and Sprockett Repairs, along with further thanks to the local support and help, Wax Beach Bar for the competition area, the Vietnam Kiteboard school and Kite Planet for the judging tower and beach support, C2Sky’s Jeff for the on-water safety cover and Stevie from the Sankara Kitesurf school for making it all come together day by day and generally working his butt off throughout the event.


To the event then…….


We had a lot of waiting around, playing snooker, beach volleyball and swimming while waiting for the wind, but the second day gave us the first racing of the event and with a well laid course covering a nice large chunk of the bay the large fleet of race boards and TT racers took to the water . Heikki Gross from Estonia made the first impact of the day tactically choosing the better upwind lines to leave Yo Pudla, Tanner Aykurt and Deivis Maciulis in his wake towards the upwind turn. Yo was to later pull things back on the downwind leg, but never enough to reel Heikki back in fully.


For the girls the now familiar battle between current KTA Tour and Asian champions Karthryn Borgwardt and Hill Siu (actually racing TT Class in this event) was unfolding, with of course Japan’s top rider Aya Oshima right in there amongst it all too. Even Kathryn’s wide line and the third mark that could have let the others in was not enough to keep her from taking the first race of the day for the girls. This was to remain the situation in the second race of the day and also eventually in the final race of the event, putting Kathrin on the winner’s podium with Aya in second place. In taking third place overall Hill would also win the women’s TT Class, with Australia’s Alice Child following her in also with a good event in the TT.


course race vietnam


Meanwhile for the men Yo was to take the top slot in the second and third races of the event but due to a disqualification for the first race his overall points would leave him out of the running. Heikki in the end proved to be the most consistent of the other riders, although each race would remain a close fought thing between Tanner and Deivis. In the men’s TT Ken Nacor who is more known for his freestyle skills was making an impact on the more established TT racers like Dennis Wong and Kin Nguyen Ngoc. For once Ken would manage to keep clear of any tangles or rule infringements and place high enough in each race to take the overall win for the class.


Even with another no wind day following the racing spirits were not damped and the good vibes paid off as we woke on the final day to the event flags signaling the game was on. The judge team decided to kick things off with a final course race to finalise the results event wise for the racers and then switch to freestyle as the wind filled in. Although the time left for the KTA Vietnam would only allow for us to run a single eliminator for the nine women and twenty nine men, it was to be a hard fought competition for the riders and a long day for the judges.


As the women’s freestyle progressed we could see that Aya and Kathrin were once again in good form. Also riding well the early heats were Jannicke Stav from Norway and Marielle Van de Riet from Holland. These girls progressed steady through to the semi-finals to meet each other and sort out the top slots. The upset came as Jannicke knocked out the current KTA tour champion to put herself into her first ever tour finals. In the end though Japan’s Aya Oshima confirmed that she is the rider to beat this year as her more powerful unhooked moves took her through into the top slot.


freestyle vietnam


The large men’s freestyle field brought out some great performances through the afternoon, with a both a strong local team riding on their home turf and the highly motivated Philippines crew. Unfortunately local favorite and Vietnam’s top rider from last year’s KTA tour, Lai Hong Phi, bowed out early as he struggled to find his full range following recent injuries. The local flag was well carried though by Kinn Nguyen Ngoc, showing a nice range of old and new school moves throughout his heat progression . Good rounds were also being put in by Russian riders Sergey Rozhkov, Victor Mumpan and Chistyakov Pavel, with an explosive heat between the later and Doque De lo Santos being one of the highlights of the early rounds. Unfortunately it came to premature end for the Philippines rider as misjudged landing put him into the now pounding Mui Ne shore break. With this and his kite now down it was to sadly be the end for Doque.


Current Asian champion Yo Pudla, Boracay’s Ken Nacor and Japan’s Hiro Nakano were all also hitting their moves as they progressed towards the finals. Yo looked particularly unstoppable ramping of the wave kickers and landing powerful front mobs, slim chances and KGB’s sweet as, but his run came to an end when Ken Nacor took revenge for his defeat at the hands of Yo last year at the same venue. So it became a Philippines vs Japan finals, with Ken now lit from semi-final win, but even this would not quite be enough to knock Hiro of course as once again he turned in an almost flawless performance to keep Boracay boy away from his first win of the year and leaving Japan a clean sweep of the top slots in freestyle.


So that was the KTA Vietnam, pulled back from the no wind brink to another successful event. Which was all then rounded off nicely in the evening at the awards ceremony and closing party, hosted at Sankara and presented by the Ministry of culture, sports and tourism for the Binhthuan Government, which of course then in true KTA party style kicked until the sun called by the following morning to send everyone home.


Which only leaves us now to say see you in Thailand!!





Men Woman

1 Hiro Nakano- Japan                        Aya Oshima- Japan

2 Ken Nacor- Philippines                    Jannicke Stav- Norway

3 Yo Pudla- Thailand                         Kathrin Borgwardt- Germany


Men                                                  Women

1 Heikki Gross- Estonia                       Kathrin Borgwardt- Germany

2 Taner Aykurt- Turkey                      Aya Oshima- Japan

3 Deivis Maciulis- Lithuania                  Hill Siu- Hong Kong


Twin Tip Racing

Men                                                  Women

1 Ken Nacor- Philippines                      Hill Siu- Hong Kong

2 Kin Nguyen- Vietnam                        Alice Child- Australian

3 Lai Hong Phi- Vietnam                      Verena Rechberger - Austria


Reo Stevens Joins Cabrinha

img_3988Kahului HI-January 8, 2011 Cabrinha is pleased to announce the addition of Reo Stevens to our international team.  Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Reo brings with him a wealth of talent and experience in wind and waves which puts him in line with our diversely talented international team.

Stevens says "I’m absolutely stoked to be brought on board with the Cabrinha team! I've always admired Cabrinha's forward thinking and openness to new, innovating ideas. To be involved with such a rider driven company has really fueled my motivation in helping to create the highest standard of wave specific products as well as pushing the limits of wave riding with a kite."

With Reo only a puddle jump away from Cabrinha's Maui operation he will be heavily involved with testing and development.  Stevens says, "I plan on pushing the limits of what can be done with a kite in the surf. The kite offers so many possibilities in areas that traditional wave riding is limited. Big waves, Slabs, heavy current spots are all areas that I want to explore. All while still having fun just catching whatever wave I come across."

Watch for updates as Stevens brings us news from his travels and his back door on the North Shore of Oahu.



Wind Or No Wind Jam

wonw_0099December 2010 the WONW Jam at the CWC cable park in the Philippines.  Here we have the Island boys getting ready for the relay race.  L to R ( Davey Blair, Moe Gould, Andre Phillip & Jason Stone).

" We had the relay in the bag," says Dre.  " I opened the race with a sprint swim, then ran thru an obstacle course and gave the boys an uncontested lead. Davey swam and climed the iceberg and tagged Stone who was supposed to run and jump over a bar that was like 2' high... he blew it 3 times. We should have known that with his solid upper body, his chicken legs couldn't get him over it. So we got passed by the other teams and lost."  Stone's comments were, "The limbo stick was so high super man couldn't get over it.  Everyone passed me by jumping over the stick after I knocked it down." Sounds like they might rearrange the relay order next year.

Dre takes the quick way down the stairs

dre quick way down the stairs

$7 body massages after a day of riding.

7 dollar body massages

Transportation in the Philippines

philippines transportation

transport 2

The girls getting a close look at the action

girls gettin a close look at the action

Get in line to get your picture taken!

we love you dre

3rd PKRA Australia

albyaus2010 During the week of competition only 2 days produced wind...but those 2 days shaped up to be the exact conditions Alby was looking for, with 15-20 knots sideshore, and nice kickers on the way out.
Alby says "I was in good shape, feeling good and I rode my best heats of the year! After winning over the French Champion, Sebastian Garat, and secured my 5th place overall I moved to face Andy Yates, the local World Champion, in semifinals. Pity I didn't land my last trick, but still happy to loose 3.2 decision with him. Then I rode really good in the looser final, against Brazilian Reno Romeu so I made to 3rd place in the singles! I was really stoked!"
The wind died down so they didn't run the double.  The crew was left with the singles standings as the final result.

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.

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