Emerging Kite Star Dan Sweeney

dan sweeneyCabrinha UK kicked off the first youth training camps in 2008, culminating in the announcement of a full year sponsorship to one of the lucky riders. Much to 15 year old Dan Sweeney's surprise, his name was called to the podium.

You participated in the first Cabrinha youth program in the UK. Can you tell us a little about it?
I heard about the youth training from a good mate and it was to basically to meet some international team riders such as Andre Phillip, Susi Mai and Dave Hastilow and to help all the youngsters in the UK. But to mostly help and support the future of the younger kids who will make a mark on kitesurfing.  But not just terms of riding but tuning kit, working on profiles and learning new tricks. As the first year of the Cabrinha youth training we didn’t know what to expect but it was really good to meet people your own age, learn new stuff and get your name out there.

At the end of the year, one rider was to be chosen and would receive a year’s contract through Pryde Group UK which encompasses Cabrinha Kites and NPX Wetsuits. I worked extra hard in my riding, media coverage and my profile. Much to my complete surprise at the last BKSA freestyle event of the year, the winner was announced and I won!!! It completely surprised me and I would just like to thank Cabrinha for this amazing opportunity and thanks to all the riders who put me forward for the deal.

KPWT World Champ Talks


Now that Jesse Richman has had a chance to breathe (and finally get that GTI!), we asked him to take a look back at his experience on
the tour.

You just finished the tour on top. What do you attribute your success?

This year truly was a pleasure and I never could have done as well as I did without all the awesome support from my friends on the tour, my sponsors and my Rocking Gear!!!

What riders from the tour do you think deserves some props?
There are so many riders pushing the limits and devoting it all to style. I think that every one deserves some props. We are going to see more and more incredible riding from some awesome guys and gals!!!

Jesse Richman Kiteloop Trick Tip Video

jesse-tips1.jpgJesse Richman shows you how to Kiteloop like a World Champion.

Click here to watch!

Big Wave Rider Grant Baker (aka Twiggy) Joins Cabrinha

grant.jpgWorld-class surfer Grant “Twiggy” Baker of Durban, South Africa has officially signed onto the Cabrinha team. Twiggy is a hellman when it comes to big surf and we are stoked he is joining the kite world. He took the 2007 XXL big wave title for a 60 ft monster at Dungeons and is nominated for all categories in 2008. Twig brings an explosive energy to the program and we can’t wait to see what he does with a kite.




More Trick Tips from Andre Phillip


Andre Phillip is back with his bag of tricks. Learn how he pulls off a Nose Press BS 180 , Front to Blind , and a Back to Blind.

Trick Tip Andre Phillip: Mobe


Andre Phillip hit the studio to record his tips so you can finallly hit that mobe.

Click here for the first Trick Tip in a series...

Stay tuned.

Dimensions Video with Claes Lundin

claes.jpgCheck out a sneak peak of Cabrinha rider Claes Lundin in the upcoming snowkite film, DIMENSIONS by Morten Gjerstad.

Click here for a Claes preview.

For more information about DIMENSIONS and a full trailer, visit www.snowkitefilm.com.

David Hastilow Wins Big at UK's first Park Jam

hastilow_parkjam.jpgCabrinha rider David Hastilow took top honours at the UK's first Park Jam event. Powered by the new Swtichblade IDS, he took full advantage of the kickers and sliders that had been built.

Overall results were:
Kicker: 1st place David Hastilow
Slider: 2nd place David Hastilow
Parkstyle Attitude: 1st place David Hastilow
Overall: 1st place David Hastilow

For more information check out http://www.davidhastilow.com

Video of Alberto Rondina

alberto_italy.jpgFor the third time in a row, Cabrinha rider Alberto Rondina took kiteboardings Italian championship!

The first stop was in Puglia, south of Italy. Then on to his homespot Vela Clubmarano in Riccione. The final was in Sardinia where riders competed both in freestyle and course-Racing and Alberto got 1st in both.

Next event for Alberto wil be "Ogni Santi" for the first of November in Sicily.

To learn more about Alberto, visit him at http://www.albertorondina.com

Tech Tips from Cabrinha

techtips.jpgWhen bleary-eyed from reading user manuals, visit our video gallery and let Phil, our Tech Tips guru, show you the light. He already knows what you’re doing wrong.

- Install and adjust Sync Backless Bindings
- Extend the life of the IDS Landing Line
- Install and operate the new Override IDS
- Powerdrive IDS: Managing your lines
- Preflight Inspection

Look out for more Tech Tips from Cabrinha!!!

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