Postcards From Cabrinha

As 2013 comes to an end we reflect on all the epic moments caught on film over the past year. Our riders have spent the year all over the globe and here are some of their 'Postcard' moments.

Saftey Alert


 STANDARD 9-14 US / 41-49 EUROPE

When it comes to the development of our products, we at Cabrinha put safety above all things. 

We have recently discovered a manufacturing defect in the production of our 2014 Hydra Series H2 backless bindings. Owners of all 2014 H2 backless bindings (STANDARD SIZE ONLY)(KB4H2BDSL) purchased before December 30, 2013 should contact the dealer where their 2014 H2 backless bindings were purchased to receive a new upgraded pair of the H2 backless bindings. 

We have discovered in a limited number of cases, the screw fastening the upper foot strap to the chassis, does not meet our minimum test requirement for load, due to incorrect installation by Cabrinha’s supplier. There is a small possibility that the upper can pull away from the chassis connection. 

We have taken remedial action and modified the manufacturing process and rectified all H2 systems.   The upgraded H2 backless binding will be available at your local Cabrinha dealer in January 2014.  The upgraded bindings will carry a green dot sticker on the base of the packaging. 

Please contact your local dealer or email us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will work with you and your local dealer to provide you with the upgraded H2 binding system.

Cabrinha Kites has always placed quality and the safety of our customers upfront in all our product development efforts.  Your safety—and your loyalty—are our top priorities. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us directly atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

KTA World Championship Kite Racing Event

The 2013 IKA Kiteracing World Titles took five days of intense racing on the competitive and challenging Chinese waters of Hainan Island. Asia played host to the World Course Racing Championships, which saw 160 of the Worlds best riders from more than 40 nations battle it out for the ultimate prize.  Find out more about the KTA.

Kiting the South Pacific

Switchblades in hand the Cabrinha team heads to the South Pacific to jump aboard the Cabrinha Quest. With palm fringed, white sandy beaches, and high rugged mountain peaks, surrounded by coral reefs and turquoise -blue lagoons. It's no surprise they score amazing footage while cruising the islands on the luxury catamaran.

FILMED & EDIT: Phil Sobolev
RIDERS: Keahi de Aboitiz, Moona Whyte, Pete Cabrinha
GEAR: Switchblades and Cabrinha Twin Tip boards

Two 2013 World Champions Crowned at the Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro

Huge Congratulations to Keahi and Moona for taking the 2013 World Championship Kite Surf Titles! The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro was a huge success thanks to all the riders that participated, and the hard work and organization of the KSP World Tour volunteers lead by Kristin Boese.

The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui opened with a traditional Hawaiian Blessing at Ho'okipa Beach bringing tour riders, local riders, crew members and sponsors together. The ceremony started off with opening remarks from Maui's Mayor Arakawa and continued with Hawaiian chanting, dancing and the gift of leis.
Following the beautiful ceremony at stunning Ho'okipa Beach, the first riders' meeting was held by Contest Director Bruno De Wannemaeker. During the meeting, the draw for the qualification round as well as the seeding for the main event were assembled.

Due to the lack of wind a lay day was called for the day.

Day 3 saw light northerly winds give way to returning easterly trades for the Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui. The qualification rounds and round 1 of the men's main event were run in head high surf and 15-18 knots of breeze.

"With the trades back, Ho'okipa delivered today. The riders were stoked with the wind and wave conditions" said KSP live stream commentator Ben Meyer, "we were able to complete the qualification round as well as the entire men's first round of the main event with the conditions looking favorable to complete the men's and women's championship in the next few days."

Advancing from the morning's qualification rounds were Jesse Richman (HI), Jeremy Lentz (FRA, F-One), Rafal Maleszyk (POL), Kai Lenny (HI), Tiago Candelot (BRA) and Devin Moody (HI, North).

The highest two-wave heat score of the men's main event belonged to defending World Champion Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) with a 14.83. Local Maui newcomer Cruser Putnam (HI, Cabrinha) surprised with the second highest heat score of the day (14.37) with a blazing back-hand attack at his local spot. 2011 KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North) battled with fellow countryman Matchu Almeida (CPV, North) to advance on to round 2. Other standouts included Mitu Monteiro (CBV, F-One), Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) and local boy Patri McLaughlin (HI, North). Kai Lenny (HI), fresh off his recent SUP World Championship victory in France, displayed powerful and fluid surfing, establishing himself as a serious contender for the Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui.

Women's heat 1 of round 1 was started late in the afternoon, but abandoned due to deteriorating wind conditions. When competition resumes, women's round one will be first on deck

The fourth day of the ten day holding period started with strong winds and medium size surf for the beginning of the women's main event. The first heat of round 1 for the women - which had been canceled yesterday afternoon - started an action packed day for all of the riders.
"The waves were really fun today -- the conditions lined up for a great day of competition" said highest heat score of the day rider Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) "I'm really looking forward to the quarter finals tomorrow and riding Ho'okipa in what looks to be epic conditions."
Also joining Ribeiro in the quarter finals are Mitu Monteiro (CPV/F-One), Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North), Keahi Aboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha), Paulino Perreira (POR/Cabrinha), Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Pedro Henrique (BRA), Kai Lenny (HI) and Cruser Putnam (HI, Cabrinha) continuing his amazing run in the event as the Cabrinha wild card.
On the women side, the quarterfinal ladder includes defending event champion Moona Whyte (HI/Cabrinha) as well as defending world champion Jalou Langeree (NED) along side Skylar Lickle (HI), Ines Correia (POR/RRD), Kristin Boese (GER), Milla Ferreira (BRA/F-One), Kalia Agueira (HI), Suzanne Kuiper (NED/F-One).
Continuing previous years' performance, Moona Whyte and Jalou Langeree showed outstanding rides battling for the next round.

The fifth and final day of the Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui kicked off with blasting trade winds and overhead surf. Men's and Women's champions were crowned today on Maui's north shore following an intense day of competition.
The women's quarterfinalists were up first in a building northwest swell and solid trade winds. Advancing into the semi-finals were Moona Whyte (HI/Cabrinha), Ines Correia (POR/RRD), Jalou Langeree (NED) and Milla Ferreira (BRA/F-One). Whyte and Langeree went on to dominate their semi-final heats to set up an epic re-match of last year's world tour finals.
Surviving the quarterfinal rounds on the men's side were Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North), Keahi DeAboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha), Kai Lenny (HI) and Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA). Cozzolino and DeAboitiz battled in the first semifinal with DeAboitiz keeping his world championship dreams alive by narrowly defeating the young Italian. In the second semifinal, Maui local Kai Lenny bested an on-fire Ribeiro with his consistent and committed riding.
Between the semi finals and finals of the world championships a heat of legendary proportions was run. Pete Cabrinha (USA/Cabrinha), Robby Naish (USA), Flash Austin (USA), Elliot Leboe (USA/Cabrinha), Alex Aguera (HI/Ozone) and Brett Lickle (USA/Cabrinha) hit the water in a showcase featuring the founding pioneers of the sport on Maui. A huge crowd lined the shore to witness the 20-minute super-heat featuring the heroes of the sport.
"It was fun to get out there in a heat with a select few guys who have been instrumental in the development and progression of the sport of kiteboarding on Maui", said Pete Cabrinha. "We all had a blast out there."
The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro finals were held in epic Ho'okipa conditions. On the men's side, reigning KSP World Champion Keahi DeAboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha) met local Maui hero Kai Lenny (HI) to determine who would be the 2013 KSP World Champion. By the time the final horn sounded, no one on the beach knew who had won the heat. It wasn't until the prize giving ceremony that De Aboitiz learned that he had successfully defended his world title narrowly defeating the young Hawaiian.
"I was really stoked to take the win for the second year in a row," said DeAboitiz. "I couldn't be happier, really. We had some really fun waves and I had a great time out there."
The women's final was contested in equally epic surf and the highly anticipated rematch between Whyte and Langeree was a battle for the ages. Both riders were powerful and fluid but in the end, Whyte defeated Langeree to defend her title here at Ho'okipa and claim the 2013 World Championship title.
"It was really close in the final against Jalou and it could have gone either way, but I'm stoked it went my way," said new KSP World Champion Whyte.
Following the KSP world championship finals the focus shifted to the Xensr Big Air Invitational. The 12 invited male and 3 female riders were sent out on the water with a gps based Xensr measuring device that measures the hight of each riders jumps to within 3mm. The Xensr Big Air Invitational final was won by Jon McCabe (Hi/Ozone) over Jesse Richman (HI) in second and Charles Edwards (HI/North) in third. The highest jump of the day, however, belonged to Shawn Richman (HI) with a height of 45.42 feet.
The women's Big Air was won by Jalou Langeree (NED) over second place finisher Raquel Lima (HI) with Skylar Lickle (HI/Cabrinha) in third.
Wrapping up the final day's action were the men's and women's finals of the Kama'aina Throwdown. Rafal Malezyk took top spot in the Kama'aina men's division over second place Garfield King with Wes Anderson in third. In the women's division it was youngster Skylar Lickle taking the win with Michelle Crompton in second and Tatiana Howard in third place.

The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro is supported by Cabrinha Kites, the County Of Maui, ION, Xensr, HEVN, Maui Solar Project, Hotel Wailea, Bluesmiths Clothing, Tramontana Grafixx,, Adventure Sports Maui, Courtyard Marriott, Second Wind Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Strini Art Glass, Wholefoods Maui, MKC, Bob's Dogs of Maui, Boardriding Maui, Mana Foods and Kitefinder.

To learn more about the event visit

Keahi de Aboitiz in Indo

Keahi de Aboitiz scored some epic conditions while Kitesurfing in Indonesia earlier in the year. 
Land Footage: Kenny Lakey
Water Footage: Jason Wolcott / Liquid Eye Photography
Edit: Daniel O'Sullivan
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Indo Madness

Arild Kristiansen is back in Indonesia scoring some late season sessions with young-gun Jacob Victorin joining him for the first part of the trip. 

video credit to Febi Andre and cover picture by Jason Wolcott.



Riders announced for Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro

The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro will see the world’s top male and female kitesurfers compete for the prestigious world championship title  in just three days at Ho’okipa Beach Park on Maui. The 2013 KSP World Championship will kick off November 22 to December 1, 2013. 

“Ho’okipa is the perfect location for this KSP event – we are looking forward to having the best of the best compete in this famous venue”, says KSP Tour Manager Nicholas Thiede.

The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro 2013 will start off with a qualification round, leading up to the highlight of the event – the Kite Surf World Championships. During the contest, side events will create additional action: the legends heat, featuring long term Maui kite heroes, an Xensr measured Big Air contest and the local ‘Kama’aina Throw Down’ competition.

The following riders are pre-registered for the different disciplines:

Main Event Pre-Qualfied Riders - Female: Jalou Langeree, Ines Correia, Milla Ferreira, Kristin Boese, Kalia Agueira, Moona Whyte, Suzanne Kuiper, Isa Cohen, Erika Lindberg

Main Event Pre-Qualfied Riders - Male: Keahi DeAboitiz, Mitu Monteiro, Airton Cozzolino, Patri McLaughlin, Sebastian Ribeiro, Filippe Ferreira, Etienne Lhote, Pedro Henrique, Matchu Lopes Almeida, Jose Silva, Ralph Boellen, Paulino Pereira, Sergey Mysovskiy, Sky Solbach, Johnny Berger, Matthew Elsasser, Enrico Giordano

Qualifier - Female: Carol Bolstad, Raquel Lima, Skylar Lickle

Qualifier - Male: Bastien Bollard, Chris Armitage, Collin François, Cruser Putnam, Damien Girardin, Devin Moody, Evan Netsch, Fabricio Negri, Francesco Maffei, Franciso Porcella, Jérémy Lentz, Jesse Richman, Jon McCabe, Kai Lenny, Leonardo Loro, Niccolo Porchela, Olivier Sautet, Patrick Rebstock, Shawn Richman, Teddy Lyons, Tiago Candelot, Titi Hamada, Top Hat, Wes Anderson, Yuri D'Ottavi

Kama'aina Throw Down - Female: Kara Parker, Michelle Crompton, Raquel Lima, Samantha Campbell, Tatiana Howard

Kama'aina Throw Down - Male: Brett Lickle, Brian Hankins, Charles Edwards, Dan Elkayam, Ed Elsasser, Eric Stroeve, Hiro Nakajima, Jon McCabe, Kevin Collins, Klaus Simmer, Rafal, Maleszyk, Steve Sadler, Todd Davis, Tomas Aguirre, Ulli Walger, Wes Anderson, William King

Xensr Big Air Invitational - Female: Jalou Langeree, Natasha Gronski, Raquel Lima, Skylar Lickle

Xensr Big Air Invitational - Male: Charles Edwards, Cruser Putnam, Derek Quale, Flash Austin, Jesse Richman, Max Bo, Niccolo Porchella, Patri McLaughlin, Ryan Toaspern, Shawn Richman, Sky Solbach, Steve Sadler

Legends Heat: kiteboardings original heroes

The Opening and Registration Party will take place at Second Wind Maui on Thursday the 21st of November at 6pm.

The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, ION, Xensr, HEVN, MSP, Hotel Wailea, Bluesmiths Clothing, Tramontana Grafixx,, Adventure Sports Maui, Courtyard Marriott, Second Wind Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Wholefoods Maui, MKC, Bob’s Dogs of Maui, Boardriding Maui, Mana Foods and Kitefinder.


Tune in to or for the KSP World Championship Tour Finals at Ho’okipa Beach in Maui, HI from November 22 – December 1, 2013.


Kiting in Brittany

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.



IKA Kiteboard Cours Race World Championship

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: