Its official. Kitesurfing is the fastest sailing craft on the planet! Rob Douglas, from Martha's Vineyard (USA) has just broken the world speed sailing record in Luderitz, Namibia on a Cabrinha Crossbow kite. The record, previously held by Antoine Albeau on a Neil Pryde windsurfing rig was just shattered by Douglas with an official posting of 49.84 knots.

With his record breaking run, Rob had this to say. "The 7 meter Crossbow IDS is the perfect engine...... every run...... a Ferrari for sure!" Rob worked together with Cabrinha designer, Pat Goodman to outfit a production Crossbow canopy with a specially tuned bridle and control system for top end speed. The result of this collaboration speaks for itself.

Rob's incredible rise to the top of the speed chain did not come by accident. Rob is one of the most professionally equipped and methodical kitesurfing athletes we've seen in a long time..... perhaps ever. He is joined in Luderitz by Olympic silver medalist Mike Gebhart who has acted as coach, trainer and equipment assistant during the campaign. At 5'11 inches and yielding a solid 225 lbs of muscle, Rob is the perfect candidate for speed sailing.

The celebration period will be short lived for Rob as he now gets back to business and sets his sights squarely on the coveted 50 knot benchmark. According to Rob, the 50 knot ceiling will fall by the end of this event.

We wish Rob the best of luck for the remainder of the event. Stay tuned for what is sure to be an exciting couple of weeks.

The Bimini Winds: Kitesurfing Bahamas Event

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

The Fountain of Youth, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Earnest Hemingway come together as the World’s Best Kitesurfers Battle the Forces of the Bermuda Triangle in their quest to win Kitesurfing's Golden Crown!

Bimini, Bahamas, November 12-16, 2008: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Teams with Bimini Bay and Adventure Sports Miami to present “THE BIMINI WINDS”, Kitesurfing’s Newest and Most Adventurous Event!

Bimini is a small island jewel floating on the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream. It’s the famed sport fishing capital of the world, rumored to be the location of the Fountain of Youth, the inspiration for Hemingway’s “Islands in the Stream”, and lays smack in the middle of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Brought into the kiteboarding scene during the 2005 Bahamas Crossing, where 16 two man teams battled the elements during an exciting race from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Bimini, Bimini is an island for the adventurer.

Convert IDS: Freeride and Beyond

convert-ids-b.jpgIf there is one kite which excels at all styles of riding it is the Convert IDS. The moderate aspect ratio, conservative arc, and simple IDS bridle add up to a kite that will satisfy first time riders to pros. The moderate aspect ratio of the Convert is optimized to fly efficiently, turn quickly, depower immediately and to relaunch in seconds. The easy handling Convert IDS is designed to grow with your abilities so that as your kitesurfing progresses, the kite will back you up with performance to match. The Convert IDS is the most versatile kite in our range, covering a wide range of riding styles and conditions.

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Enter to Win Cabrinha's Caliber and Sync Backless Bindings!


Fill out a board survey and influence next season's board program from Cabrinha. A name will be selected at random to receive the newly released Caliber twin-tip board, complete with Sync Backless Bindings! For more information, click on the banner below.


Override IDS: Back by Popular Demand

override_ids.jpgDue to overwhelming customer feedback, Cabrinha would like to re-introduce our popular Override unit back into the market. The new system, Override IDS, is a modified version of the Override 2 unit which allows a point to spin your bar. It is now a sliding mechanism which does not have a fixed position on the depower main line. The Override IDS sleeve is free to interactively move to the position you select. You can still adjust the holding tension by using the Override IDS tension ring. Whenever you need to Depower on Demand, you can push the Override IDS up the main line until the desired depower is achieved.

The Override IDS unit is a great way to manage the bungeed power adjusters. It keeps them within reach at all times and keeps the handles from wrapping around the main line.

The Override IDS requires no tools to install and it takes a matter of seconds. The modification requires just two familiar parts which we will offer with installation and operation instructions. It is only compatible with the Powerdrive IDS control system.

If you’ve already purchased a Cabrinha IDS kite, contact your local dealer for a free modification kit. Override IDS will be included with all future Cabrinha IDS kites. For more information, click here.

FASTER, HIGHER, HARDER… Cabrinha takes the 2008 Gorge Games!

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

Cabrinha riders Damien Leroy and Clarissa Hempel solidify themselves as North America’s top multi-discipline kite boarders.

July 17-19, 2008 The Gorge Games, Hood River, Oregon

Top competitors, warm weather, and strong winds provided the fuel needed to super charge the revamped 2008 Gorge Games. The Gorge Games will be featured on Fox Sports nightly from August 18th – 22nd and are part of a 3 year TV contract that will surely draw large audiences from board heads everywhere.

The Kite boarding division drew a very large and talented field from around the world. Top Freestyle and Course Racers were riding hard to win their share of $10,000 prize purse.

Winner of the Crossbow IDS

lucie.jpgThe survey results are in! Congratulations to Lucie Williams, winner of the Crossbow IDS. Thanks to everyone that participated. Stay tuned for more surveys from Cabrinha.

Switchblade IDS Has Arrived

news-sbids.jpgThe industry leading kite for wakestyle and freeriding just got better. Thanks to the addition of our Intelligent Depower System or IDS you have more control at your fingertips than you ever thought possible.

The Switchblade IDS is a performance kite with a direct, light bar feel, and easy handling capabilities. The Switchblade excels in the competition wakestyle arena but is simple enough to make any rider feel like a pro.

The Switchblade handles the task of unhooked riding by delivering a constant steady powerband. When unhooked the kite continues to fly forward, making the power predictable during your tricks. On the fly depower is extremely linear which means you’ll always have the correct amount of power for the job at hand.

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Rob Douglas Breaks USA Kite Speed Record with 39.05 Knot Run

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July 22, 2008

Location: Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam 2008, Canary Islands, Spain

The name of the game is outright speed and Fuerteventura is a windy unforgiving place. The shoreline looks like a moonscape of dried wind blown rocks and sand leading into the Atlantic. The strong offshore winds are like clock work in Fuerteventura during the summer months with daily averages between 20 and 40 knots. Rough choppy waters, gusty winds, and sometimes waist high waves work against any speed junkie from attaining top speeds in Fuerteventura. The location is widely known to be one of, if the not the most difficult stop on the speed tour.  Welcome to the Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam 2008. Rob Douglas, CEO of Black Dog, recently started Speed Kiting after realizing his own potential versus his sponsored team riders. On a recent Black Dog apparel photo shoot to Costa Rica (also known for it's high winds), "Big Dog" punished Cabrinha and Black Dog sponsored team riders Damien Leroy (2008 US Kite Racing National Champion) and Mike "Gebi" Gebhardt (two-time Olympic medalist) in non-official speed races. Leroy was so impressed that he urged Douglas to get involved in Kite Speed and at least train to see whether he might have what it takes to be a player at a major competition. 

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