Keahi hits France for the SUP La Torche Pro. While there he takes a spin to visit some of our outstanding Cabrinha retailers and finds a nice spot to kite a few waves.
China plays host to the world’s top kiteboard racers for the first time as riders fine-tune equipment and familiarize themselves with the conditions.
Boao, Hainan – The 2013 kite racing world championships kicked off in spectacular fashion Tuesday with a firework-laced opening ceremony before the athletes blasted around the course in their final warm-up sessions before the action begins in earnest on Wednesday.
Riders chose 8m to 10m kites to match the winds which ranged from 18 to 20kts as they ripped over the clear waters of Boao’s King Bay in preparation for the International Kiteboarding Association’s (IKA) course racing world championship being staged in China for the first time.
Reigning world champions Johnny Heineken (USA) and sister Erika went through their paces on the two tracks laid side-by-side during a series of practice races. A fleet of 160 riders, from more than 40 countries around the world, enjoyed the moderately smooth waters inside the reef.
The IKA Kiteboard Race World Championship, which is managed and locally organized by King Bay resort and Kite Tour Asia (KTA), will see five days of exhilarating action in the forecast moderately strong winds to crown the new men’s and women’s champions.
Markus Schwendtner, IKA CEO, and Neil Godbold, KTA founding director, told the crowd of spectators and riders assembled on the beach of their delight at being in China for the for the first time and gratitude to King Bay for hosting the event and acting as main sponsor.
Under clear skies the competitors – 120 men and 40 women – proudly gathered in groups behind banners of their national flags in front of the stage set up on the beach. The backdrop was completed as other riders gave stunning demonstrations of racing and freestyle disciplines.
Godbold expressed his thanks to all those who had worked so hard for 18 months to make the event possible and the riders who had journeyed from all parts of the globe to compete for the world titles.
“For many of you riders it is your first visit to China and perhaps even Asia,” said Godbold. “I hope you get the opportunity to visit other places in Hainan and in this unique part of the world.”
The video highlights from the practice race day can be found here: https://vimeo.com/79850538
For the first time ever China will host the IKA World Course Racing Championship in 2013 and there is no better location for this event than the beach at King Bay on Hainan Island. With $20,000 USD on the line and a 200 point ranking event Cabrinha is stoked to sponsor this event. Click Here for more info.
12 riders from around the world gather at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts USA in hopes of winning a piece of the $27,000 prize purse.
It was an incredible two weeks of racing with conditions ranging from 15 knots to 40 knots of wind. The top speed sailors from around the world gave it everything they had on the beautiful waters of Nantucket. In the end it came down to Rob Douglas currently the world record holder and also the fastest man in the world at 55.65 knots taking home the gold. Then there was me, the Florida boy Damien, who was the littlest but I was persistent and battled it out everyday and after all the dust settled I ended up in second place with the second fastest time. In third place another Douglas brother Jamie who had some incredible results and rode very consistent the whole event.
The event, lasting two weeks, got in 10 races with a max top average speed of 50.193 knots over 250 meters wiith V max's over 54 knots. The evolution of speed is changing as some riders pushed slalom boards or a new brand of speed board called "Giant Speed" or "GS" to speeds averaging 44 knots in winds of 15 knots.
A big thanks goes out to all the riders who flew in from around the world as well as the great race committee Robert Garrison, affectionally known as “Bear” Harding and Chris “The Mucht” Conrad, as well as the event sponsor and incredible competitor "Bill Lynch" for hosting such an incredible event. A big thanks goes to "The Black Dog" for supplying the riders with meals and world-class hospitality during the event.
Also a big thanks goes to Meanline Fins for the incredible trophies as well as having the top 4 competitors make it on the podiums. A big Thanks to my wonderful family and friends who are always supporting me in these endeavors!
So grateful for my sponsors: Cabrinha, GoPro, Oakley, Lynch, Meanline Fins, The Black Dog, NP, Runa, Corner Five,
Results and Photos Below: Photos curtesy of Jana Halirova, David Williams and Dena Ventura and the GoPro Hero3+
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The North shore of Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing. Where heroes gather and legends are made. Home to Cabrinha kites. Infamous for massive winter swells. In the first act of this kitesurfing short feature we see how easy a love affair with the ocean or with a pretty girl begins. II, Fade from black and white to full color. And III, has the goods wrapped in barrels of fun. Its intoxicating lure calling us out to ride.
FILMED & EDIT: Anders Krüger
ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE: Keahi de Aboitiz & Reo Stevens
RC HELI: Jamie Barrow & Anders Krüger
MUSIC LICENSE: Audionetwork.com
RIDERS: Keahi de Aboitiz, Reo Stevens, Moona Whyte, Pete Cabrinha
GEAR: Drifter's and Cabrinha Surfboards
Cabrinha is the official title sponsor for the World Championship event at Ho’okipa Beach Park, Maui. The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui will take place from November 22 to December 1, 2013 boasting a stellar list of world class riders who will battle it out to claim the coveted kite surf World Championship Title.
Pete Cabrinha says, “We are extremely proud to host a World Championship Title event here at Hookipa, Maui. Maui is the birthplace of the Cabrinha brand and Hookipa is an iconic spot in the world of wind and surf sports. This will be the premier kitesurfing event of the year.“
Nicholas Thiede, KSP Tour Manager states, “We are excited to have Cabrinha so deeply involved in the event and are grateful for their support. The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro will be a true spectacle and we are very much looking forward to the breathtaking action.”
The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro will hold a Qualification Round to determine who will join the world’s best in the World Championship event, the World Championship event itself, a Legends Heat with some of kiteboardings true heroes, the Xensr Big Air Invitational, and the Kama’aina Throw down for Maui residents.
Riders interested in competing in the Qualification Round or the Kama’aina Throw Down must sign up online or at Adventure Sports Maui, 400 Hana Hwy, Kahului HI by midnight, November 15, 2013. For further info and to pre-register click here.
The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui is sponsored by Cabrinha Kites, the Maui County Mayor's Office of Economic Development, ION Products, HEVN, Xensr, Tramontana Grafixx, Adventure Sports Maui and Second Wind Maui.
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About KSP: Launched in 2011 by a core group of surf-focused riders, driven by passion and vision and established as a grass-roots non-profit association, the KSP provides a professional platform for both established and aspiring kite surfers. It aims to showcase the pinnacle of high-performance kite surfing in some of the world's best waves, enabling them to set the performance standard for competitive kite surfing for years to come. Sanctioned by the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) and governed by the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) the KSP is the official World Championship of kite surfing.