Cabrinha Demo May 18th
Hosted by New York Kite Center and Cabrinha Pro Evan Netsch
At New York Kite Center.
334 S Bayview Ave, Amityville, NY
For more info visit nykitecenter.com or call (631) 691-0793
Leucate, France report from Damien LeRoy
The American team arrived in Leucate, France 4 days day’s early to prepare for the Mondial du Vent speed event, the largest kitesurfing event in France. The team: Rob, Morgan, Jamie Douglas and myself were on a mission to see if a new course record could be set in the waters of La Franqui. The weather forecast was perfect as the Tramontonia wind was about to hit hard for 4 huge days! 30 to 40 knots with gusts of 45knots. Perfect conditions for speed sailing. Flat water…. Strong winds….Good wind angle…. and the worlds fastest speed sailors in one location.
The day before the event kicked off we had winds 30 to 40knots one the course so we got a early jump on the competitors as we got to train on the course. Tuning in our gear, checking line length, fins sizes, foot strap positions making sure our gear was ready for the up coming days. Raining and cold, the brothers were all looking very fast as they have been training in Martha’s Vineyard over the past few months with temperatures in the 40’s. They felt right at home. I started to feel comfortable maybe to comfortable, as I crashed hard at 40+ knots, cart wheeling across the water snapping my neck like never before. The worst crash I have ever had in my carrier. Reality Check! Never the less I was fine but was going to start the racing with a sever whiplash in the approximate area of C5 and C6.
Race days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
50 minutes into Heat 1 after a slight technical delay, Rob Douglas landed the first shot with a blistering 44.61 kt average and a new speed record for Leaucate. Antoine Albeau 20 time world champion windsurfer answers back in heat 2 with a bullet after Rob made a costly mistake. I had a good start sailing consistent heats with a 6th and 7th hanging on to my Cabrinha Switchblade 7m.
GPS miles sailed: 65 Nautical Miles
GPS V MAX: 50 Knots
Rougher water and 35 to 40 knots the American team started to find their groove as Morgan and Jamie made their climb up the leader board and Rob holding strong in the battle for top spot with two 2nd’s. I sailed my throw outs early, as I could not find my groove as I battled to wrap my head around 40knots.
Last day of the Tramontonia wind, Rob was .9 points out of first behind Antoine. Morgan, Jamie and myself were holding strong in the top 10. I started to get more comfortable with the windy conditions and dropped two 3rd’s in on the fleet. Beating Rob and Antoine in the 6th heat. Antoine and Rob continued to trade bullets and in the end it was Antoine 1.3 points ahead after 7 heats.
Thanks to: Cabrinha kites, Lynch Associates, The Black Dog, GoPro, Oakley, Meanline Fins, Dakine, Alex Aguera, Cornerfive, NP, Gorilla Rigging. A big Thanks to Pascal Maka for inviting team USA to the Mondial du Vent “Sosh Cup”.
Sosh Cup Results:
Rob Douglas: 1st kite 2nd overall Best speed over 500m: 44.61 knots. (Course record)
Damien LeRoy 3rd kite and 5th overall
Morgan Douglas 6th kite and 11th overall
Jamie Douglas 9th kite and 15th overall
With a forecast of 15-20 knots beautiful blue skies and the most pristine flat water you could lay your eyes on, riders flocked to Crandon Park in Miami for the 2014 Kite Masters Event.
Defending champion “Mowgli” Brandon Bowe from the beautiful Cayman Islands as well as ambassadors like Damien LeRoy, Shannon Best, Kent Marinkovic, Melissa Gill and Toby Braeuer all attended the event. "This was the biggest showing of youth riders I have seen in sometime. Keep an eye out for these guys. James McGrath, Andy Umana, Roman Rose, Jacob Olivier, and Joseph Prieto. " says Damien LeRoy.
The day started with freestyle. Watching the first two heats you realized the talent was super high in this years 2014 Kite Masters. As the day went on standouts like Andre Bacic “m&m”, Nicolas Biaggi, Leif Christian Given, and Kellen Hall were pushing the field with very technical tricks. As the finals came up riders like Drew Christianson, Niklas Reymann, Chris Bobryk were on fire with consistent and incredibly stylish tricks. The battle between Damien LeRoy and defending champ Brandon Bowe was fierce. With Brandon “Mowgli” taking home the win!
The women took to the water with style, class, and beauty. It came down to the consistent riding of Cabrinha rider Melissa Gil taking the top spot. Close battle between second and third, Jamie Fields and Svetlana Carroll.
In the masters category the Legend and “mayor” Rich Gardener swept the podium in Freestyle and BorderX race. I interviewed the legend and asked him what it takes to be the best? Simple answer “multiple knee braces, ankle braces, elbow raps, Starbucks and going to bed the night before at 7:30.”
The Boarder X was a hit as riders had to maneuver around buoys and jump obstacles. With tangles, crashes incredibly close finishes. Damien managed to stay out of trouble and take home the win!
Final Results 2014 Miami Kite Masters:
Men Freestyle Pro:
1st Brandon Bowe “Cabrinha”
2nd Damien LeRoy “Cabrinha”
3rd Chris Bobryk “Best”
Men Boarder X Pro:
1st: Damien LeRoy “Cabrinha”
2nd: Martin “Naish
3rd: Brian Kamilar “Cabrinha”
Women Freestyle Pro:
1st: Melissa Gil “Cabrinha”
2nd Jamie Fields “North”
3rd Svetlana Carroll
Men Masters Freestyle:
1st: Rich Gardner “Cabrinha”
Men Masters Boarder X:
1st Rich Gardner “Cabrinha”
1st: Andy Umana “Cabrinha”
2nd: James McGrath “Cabrinha”
3rd: Roman Rose “Cabrinha”
4th: Jacob Olivier “Cabrinha”
Using Velocity kites Camilla Ringvold and Linn Jorstad competed in the 300km long www.vake.no as team URGE. The Varanger Arctic Kite Endurance challenge is an international long distance competition, where the contestants travel 300 km across the wintery Varanger Peninsula above the Arctic circle. Taking over 4 days to complete the crew must set up camp at night.
“We managed to FINISH the race, as one of three women´s team to ever finish this competition - ever! The top three women’s team crossed the finish line together after 300km!
We used Cabrinha Velocity's. We were one of the few teams using tube kites - and proved that these kites have some great advantages, and that we can beat most of the guys!" Camilla says.
Earning some great coverage on both of the national TV stations team Cabrinha is very proud of team Urge, an authorized dealer of Cabrinha kites in Denmark.
4minutes - primetime on TV2 on Saturday: http://www.tv2.no/2014/04/13/nyheter/innenriks/lordagsmagasinet/5502093
From the start on NRK on the news: http://tv.nrk.no/serie/dagsrevyen-21/nnfa21040814/08-04-2014#t=21m58s
Some of the world’s best kiters face the Norwegian mountains in Ragnarok 2014. Cabrinha riders Camilla Ringvold and Remi Meum have been at them all. Huge congratulations for not just finishing this endurance challenge but for coming in 1st in the Women's and 2nd in Men's snowboarding.
“After participating all four years, getting 4th, 3rd and 2nd - I could finally claim the victory in this years Red Bull Ragnarok! We had light conditions, and I used a Cabrinha Velocity 13m - definitely an advantage for me in the light conditions we had this year!” says Camilla Ringvold.
About Red Bull Ragnarok
Red Bull Ragnarok imitates the myth of an incident in Norse mythology describing the last battle between the good and evil Gods, where only the heroes survive, in the respect that only a mere few snow-kite heroes will succeed.
Endurance is paramount, and only the toughest riders will make it to the finish line. Freestylers will be favored by having the possibility to overcome some obstacles in order to shorten the track.
Necker Island: Showman and serial entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson is at it again, working with Cabrinha team rider Susi Mai to break yet another Guinness World Record. In 2012, Branson was the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel. In 2013, Branson led the largest number of kitesurfers ever to complete a one-mile course. Now true to form in 2014, Branson has broken yet another record. This time, for the most people riding a kite board.
Cabrinha Kites is pleased to announce that Francesco Maffei of Italy has joined our team. "Francesco comes to us with great skills as a strong rider and ambassador. We are stoked to have him on our team and look forward to a successful year," says Cabrinha team manager Christian Torrens.
In the near future you will find him teamed up with Tatiana Howard coaching at The Butterfly effects now world wide.
"For me to be part of the Cabrinha team is such an honor and it feels like all the energies I dedicate to my passion have been rewarded. Never hold back on your passion, always keep focused and try hard to reach your goal no matter what." Maffei says.