Est. 2000

About Us

Where do we start?


Founded, inspired and driven by Maui-based waterman, Pete Cabrinha, Cabrinha Kites produces kitesurfing equipment for water sports adventure seekers.

Pete’s approach to innovation has been the driving force behind our development philosophy keeping the brand technically and culturally connected to our customers. Producing products powered by a 100% renewable source (the wind), we continue to be socially connected to like minded people who enjoy the water, are protective of the planet and are stewards of the ocean.

Our Success

We're always evolving

Cabrinha's success over the last seventeen years can be attributed to a dedicated team of passionate people taking inspiration from a rich water sports heritage.  As a pioneer of the sport Pete holds a masters status in surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.  After joining forces with Neil Pryde in 2000, Cabrinha benefited greatly from the Pryde Groups rich history of producing yacht and windsurfing sails in their state of the art facility.  This paired with our research and development facility in Maui which is situated for testing in any and all wind and water conditions assures consistency and accuracy from design to production and ensures products we are proud to stand behind.  Over the years the brand has been able to lead the industry into new eras of safety, comfort and performance with a world wide distribution network focused on customer service and satisfaction.

Influencing the Industry

Ride with the Best

Cabrinha kites have been ridden to World Tour Championships in Freestyle, Surf, Wakestyle and Speed and have been the choice of some of the most influential personalities in the sport including figures in the public limelight.  

See Our Timeline



Pete Cabrinha joins forces with Neil Pryde and Cabrinha Kites becomes a subsidiary of the Pryde Group ltd.



RECON control system enables Kiteboarders to easily de-power and control the kite when over-powered


World Record 70ft Wave

Billabong XXL Guiness World Record biggest wave ever ridden. Pete Cabrinha sets the world record at Jaws during the Billabong XXL big wave contest on a custom Cabrinha surfboard.



Cabrinha releases the Crossbow bow kite. A kite design that revolutionized the kitesurfing industry with its unmatched performance, handling and security.



Switchblade kite launch. Switchblade goes on to become the largest selling model in the world.


World Champion

Jesse Richman becomes KPWT world Champion


Andre Phillip

Andre Phillip wins the SSS


Speed Sailing Record

Rob Douglas sets the outright speed sailing record of 55.65 knots in Luderitz using a Switchblade kite.


Susi Mai

Susi Mai receives ‘Most influential Female Kitesurfer Award’


World Tour Champion

Keahi De Aboitiz wins Kitesurf world Tour, he will also win in 2013, 2014 & 2015


Moona Whyte

Moona Whyte wins Kitesurf World Tour, she will also win in 2014.


Manufacturer of the year

Iksurfmag reader award


Fireball release

Cabrinha introduces the innovative and award winning Fireball Control System. The Fireball changes the game once again.


Freestyle World Champion

Liam Whaley becomes Freestyle World Champion


Manufacturer of the year

Iksurfmag reader award


Red Bull King of the Air

Nick Jacobsen wins Red Bull King of the Air


World Record Jump

Nick Jacobsen jumps off the Burj al-Arab


Moona Whyte

Moona Whyte becomes GKA World Champion on Drifter


IDEA Design Award

Fireball wins IDEA Design Award and on Cover of Innovation Magazine


World Kite Park League

Annelous Lammerts becomes Kite Park League World Champion


Tow Up World Record

Nick Jacobsen sets 277 meter Tow Up World Record on Switchblade 


Rider of the Year

Nick Jacobsen wins IKSurf’s Best Male Kitesurfer Award