Dan Sweeney Wins Junior British Kitesurfing Championships

16 year old Cabrinha Team Rider and 2008 Youth Empire Winner Dan Sweeney takes the overall win for the Juniors 2009 British Kitesurfing Surfing Freestyle Championships.

The British Kitesurfing Association (BKSA) hold 6 events across the UK where kitesurfers show off their skills by jumping over 40-ft in the air with a combination of spins, twists and tricks that involve looping the kite in the air generating an amazing amount of power.  Truly a sport that's not for the faint hearted.  Dan was awarded the title at the end of year championships in Redcar on October 10th 2009. 

Last year Dan won the ‘Youth Empire’ support by showing that he had the dedication and motivate in becoming a professional kitesurfer beating 25 other talented young kitesurfers under 18 in the UK.  Dan won a full years support on Cabrinha Kitesurfing products as well as help with mentoring and training.  Since then Dan has been involved in moving the Youth Empire program forward and helping other young people reach their goals and dreams in kitesurfing.

This year Dan travelled to Barbados with the new 2009 Cabrinha Nomad kites to get a little training in and test ride the new Cabrinha 2010 kites.  Since then Dan has been asked to go back with the support of Virgin Airlines to help promote the other islands.  Dan has become a international star.

For 2010 Dan has secured national sponsorship from Cabrinha UK as a team rider and he now moves into the UK professional circuit container for the 2010 professional title.

Alberto Rondina Wins Big in Sicily

Alberto Rondina continues to win on the Italian tour. In Sicily, Alberto locks in his title as Italian racing champion, and also nabbed 1st in Freestyle. Next stop: Sardina for the freestyle finals.


Top Cabrinha Pro Riders To Offer Coaching Camps In Northeast Brazil


Paracuru, Brazil -- Kite Adventures will be offering three camps in Paracuru, Ceará, Brazil in late 2009, giving intermediate and advanced riders the chance to get coached on improving their riding by some of the world's top pro riders.  The first camp will feature brothers Jesse and Shawn Richman, the second Susi Mai and Tom Court, and the third, for girls only, Susi Mai and Clarissa Hempel.

The first camp will take place over 6 days between Sunday, October 24 and Thursday, October 29, featuring brothers Jesse (Cabrinha) and Shawn  Richman (Mystic/RRD).  Jesse and his brother have been at the forefront of kiteboarding since the beginning, living in Maui Hawaii, and got their taste for big air at a young age. Both are pushing the limits of the sport, and taking top marks at competitions around the world.  Jesse recently took first place at the KPWT Dunkerque, and first in the single elimination wave title at the KPWT Santa Cruz in Portugal.  The price for this camp is R$2,390 (approx US$1,195 at a 2-1 exchange rate).

The second camp will take place over 6 days between Monday, November 9 and Saturday, November 14, featuring kiteboarding's power duo, Susi Mai (Cabrinha) and Tom Court (North).  Susi and Tom will work with riders to help them acheive their goals, whether it be learning new freestyle tricks or riding waves.  Both Susi and Tom recently took 2nd place at the PKRA KiteLoop contest at Fuerteventura, with Tom finishing just behind Aaron Hadlow.  The price for this camp is R$2,390 (approx US$1,195 at a 2-1 exchange rate).

The third camp, for girls only, will take place over 5 days between Wednesday, November 25 and Sunday, November 29, featuring riders Susi Mai and Clarissa Hempel (both Cabrinha riders).  Both Susi and Clarissa want to make the sport more accessible to female riders, and will be working with kiters of all abilities to help them progress and and have more fun kiting.  Clarissa recently took first place in both the Women's Surf competition and Women's Overall at the Triple-S invitational, with Susi Mai taking second in both.  The price for this camp is R$1,900 (approx US$995 at a 2-1 exchange rate).

Camps will be limited to between 12 and 14 participants to ensure every rider gets personal attention during the camp.  More information can be found online at  http://www.kiteadventures.com/services/camps/procamps.html

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Founded in 2004, Kite Adventures (www.kiteadventures.com) offers guided adventure tours and pro-coached camps for kiteboarders in northeast Brazil.  The company is best known for its 7- and 10-day downwind trips, traveling the entire coastline via between Cumbuco and Jericoacoara Brazil by way of the beach using 4x4s, dune buggies, and floating the trucks on rafts across various rivers encountered along the way.  New for 2009, the company is now partnering with some of the world's best pro riders to offer coaching camps based in Paracuru, utilizing the Paracuru kite spot, the flat water lagoon in Taiba as well as the 10km downwind route from Taiba to Paracuru.  Kite Adventures is based in Paracuru, Ceará, Brazil.

Pete Visits Japan


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

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



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.

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