Welcome to 2020. A year which historically represents the future of All Things. That future is finally here.
The year 2020 not only marks the beginning of a reimagined future, it presents a significant milestone for Cabrinha. 2020 is our 20th year in business with our 20th kitesurfing collection. It’s a new beginning. A new era. A new future.
The last 20 years have been an incredible time for Cabrinha and the sport of kitesurfing. Each passing year has laid yet another foundational block. Every year a new deposit has been made into our knowledge banks. We’ve innovated our way through the past two decades, taken risks, won awards, crowned champions, and celebrated the rise of our incredible sport.
But most of all we’ve stayed curious. We’ve kept things fresh by never sitting on a success for too long. We are constantly looking around the corner to see what’s coming… and where we are headed. 2020 is about clear vision. It’s about defining our future. It’s about time.
With nothing but the future ahead of us we have the fortunate ability to combine experience with perspective to craft a future that will support the next 20 years.
Founded, inspired and driven by Maui-based waterman Pete Cabrinha, Cabrinha Kites produces kitesurfing equipment for water sports adventure seekers. As a pioneer of the sport, Pete holds a master status in surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Pete’s approach to innovation has been the driving force behind our development philosophy, keeping the brand technically and culturally connected to our customers. After joining forces with Neil Pryde in 2000, Cabrinha benefited greatly from the Pryde Groups rich history of producing yacht and windsurfing sails.
With our research and development center and brand headquarters located on Maui, the innovation ground zero of water sports, Cabrinha has played a group-breaking role in the evolution of surf sports with its pioneering efforts in kitesurfing, tow-surfing, foil boarding, and wing surfing.
Over the years, Cabrinha has lead the industry in innovation, performance, and safety. With a distribution network in over 40 countries world wide we focus on customer service and satisfaction. 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.
In the collective surf world, Cabrinha’s birthplace Maui, Hawaii, has risen to become the worlds leading region for surf sport innovation. It’s well known in the wind sports world that Maui is a Mecca for wind junkies of all kinds. Maui’s relentless Tradewinds provide over 300 days of excellent kitesurfing and wing surfing.
Most of the world’s most dynamic surf sports have developed right on the shores of this surf community in the middle of the pacific. Cabrinha has played an inside role in the pioneering of each one of these sports.
Our base in Maui allows us to keep our fingers on the pulse of surf sport innovation so we can provide you with the very best these sports have to offer. While we clearly enjoy the deep culture of Maui and its lifestyle, we are serious about our international role in watersports. As such we maintain a keen sense of the world market and its customers.
Our success over the last twenty years can be attributed to a dedicated team of passionate and experienced individuals taking inspiration from a rich water sports heritage. From our management staff to our team riders, distribution partners, retailers and ambassadors... the Cabrinha 'ohana (family) is a diverse mix of visionary, always evolving people who drive our sport into the future.
Cabrinha Kites have been ridden to World Tour Championships and to the top of the podiums of Freestyle, Surf, Wakestyle and Racing. They’ve been the choice of some of the most influential personalities in the sport and figures in the public limelight. See our milestones in the timeline below and read the latest updates in News.
KPL Champion Annelous Lammerts wins the Triple-S.
Launch of the Soundwave Project™, a collaborative art and music initiative to promote ocean awareness.
The Cabrinha Quest continues to take its members to the most remote and dynamic kite and surf locations around the world.
The new Moto wins IKsurfmag's Best Kite Award in its first year. The Contra wins Best Lightwind Kite.
Brazilian Athlete Fernando Fernandez becomes Cabrinha's first adaptive team rider.
Rob Douglas wins the Kite Speed World Championship, his 3rd world kitesurfing championship title.
Nick Jacobsen wins IKSurfmag's Best Male Kitesurfer Award.
Nick Jacobsen sets 277 meter Tow Up World Record on Switchblade in Cape Town.
Annelous Lammerts becomes Kite Park League World Champion
The Cabrinha Fireball connection receives IDEA Award / Cover-Story of Innovation Magazine
Moona Whyte becomes GKA World Champion on the Drifter.
Nick Jacobsen jumps off the 210m top of Dubai's Burj al-Arab.
Nick Jacobsen wins Red Bull King of the Air
Cabrinha wins IKsurfmag's reader award the second year in a row
Liam Whaley becomes Freestyle World Champion.
Cabrinha introduces the innovative and award winning Fireball Control System. The Fireball changes the game once again.
Cabrinha wins IKsurfmag reader award
Moona Whyte wins the Kitesurf World Tour, she will also win in 2014 and 2017.
Keahi De Aboitiz wins the Kitesurf World Tour, he will also win in 2013, 2014 & 2015.
Susi Mai receives ‘Most influential Female Kitesurfer" Award.
Rob Douglas sets the outright speed sailing record of 55.65 knots in Luderitz using a Switchblade kite.
Andre Phillip wins the TRIPLE-S.
Jesse Richman becomes KPWT World Champion.
Switchblade kite launch. The Switchblade goes on to become the largest selling model in the world.
Cabrinha releases the Crossbow bow kite, a kite design that revolutionized the kitesurfing industry with its unmatched performance, handling and security.
Pete Cabrinha sets the world record at Jaws during the Billabong XXL big wave contest on a custom Cabrinha surfboard riding a 70 foot wave.
The RECON control system enables Kiteboarders to easily de-power and control the kite when over-powered
Cabrinha introduces the innovative Powerlock Control System.
Cabrinha riders Martin Vari and Julie Prochaska are crowned World Champions.
Cabrinha rolls out its first collection of kites, boards, and accessories.
Pete Cabrinha joins forces with Neil Pryde, Cabrinha Kites becomes a subsidiary of the Pryde Group.
Internationally recognized waterman and surf sport pioneer Pete Cabrinha launches his brand Cabrinha, one of the first kite manufacturers in the world.