“Back Mobe is an unhooked back loop followed by a handle pass in the same direction as you travel. So in essence you´re doing a 720, two full rotations from the carve. The major problem people have when they try to perform this trick that they´re not sure if they are doing one spin, two and a half spins, one and a half spins or two spins, it can all become a bit confusing in the air.” – Kite Surfing Trick

Cabrinha team rider, Kyle Fletcher doing a Back Mobe in a secret location. Riding a 8m FX and his board is the CBL.

Photograph by Kyle Cabano

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Rider Kyle Fletcher

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With season fast approaching, we would like to get you “amped” with some shots of our team rider, JJ Boshoff, having a fun season started session in Strand, Cape Town.

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FB: JJ Boshoff

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At Cabrinha, we have done a very good job over the years providing a kite for every category of kitesurfing: The Drifter was designed to destroy the waves; the Chaos for advanced freestyle and wakestyle; the FX for performance freestyle and wakestyle; the Contra for light winds; the Switchblade for all-purpose surfing; and so forth. The one area where we felt our kites were lacking was performance freeride. While some of our kites, like the FX and the Crossbow, cater for some aspects of freeriding, they lack efficiency, which is why we are launching the all-new Apollo for the 2017 season.

The Apollo incorporates all the positive aspects from the Crossbow and the Velocity to produce a super-fast kite that launches well, jams upwind, produces high jumps, and is extremely easy to fly. Thanks to its awesome upwind performance, high speeds, and fast acceleration, it’s the perfect kite for speed-kiting and foil boarding where choppy waves will make you feel like you’re on a slow board to China.

The five-strut design with Pro Span technology, high aspect ratio, and three bridle setting options will harness every bit of power from the atmosphere and deliver it directly to your hands. Thanks to the inflated leading edge that causes the laminar flow of air across the Pure Profile panels, the Apollo remains stable and performs really well in low winds, but it’s in high and shifty winds where it really sets itself apart from other kites. It will cut through turbulence like a hot knife through butter and still keep its original shape.

Apart from its admirable upwind ability, the Apollo also boasts excellent low-end power and hang time. Its superior lift is thanks to its Pro Span technology, which focuses more of the lifting area on the power-producing section of the wing. This high aspect ratio and stronger lift especially aid in tacking and jibing manoeuvres, and of course big air jumps.

Don’t let the wide, flat, and high aspect fool you; the Apollo is extremely manoeuvrable, with a massive wind range. It won’t sink and won’t lose its shape in low winds, and it’s child’s play to relaunch. The 1X security system also allows one to immediately shut down the power of the kite on land or in water, in any wind condition, with only one string. Like most Cabrinha kites, the Apollo also comes with power control settings for exponential power delivery. The Apollo is any hooked-in rider’s dream and will stay in the air longer than usual, and with the completely re-engineered Sprint inflation system, it’s a breeze to inflate and deflate.

Unlike the Apollo 1 space craft, this kite won’t give you troubles during launch, and unlike Apollo 13, it’s loaded with enough safety features for you to go pull Neptune’s beard and return without incident. The 2017 Cabrinha Apollo has more in common with Apollo 11, which will produce speeds and jumps so high that you feel you might just land on the moon, and, of course, landing safely on the water so you can take the next giant loop for kitesurfer-kind.

2017 Cabrinha Apollo Kite

The Cabrinha Kiteboarding 2017 Range is here, and with it comes Cabrinha’s next generation kite connection system. Cabrinha is one of the true innovating brands in the sport of kitesurfing. We were one of the first companies to introduce bow kites tot he market and now w are proud to introduce Fireball.

Although you may think your chicken loop connection point is a trivial piece of your kitesurfing equipment, it is actually one of the most pivotal.  This is where the power of the kite meets the power of the body.
The Cabrinha Fireball kite connection system is an instant upgrade for any kite, and allows the kitesurfer greater mobility, more control, enhanced security, and much more comfort. While it ensures more flexibility, it also reduces the upward pull on your harness, and there is absolutely no chance of it becoming unhooked by accident.


The secret lies in the friction-free ball-and-socket interface that brings the connection’s pivot point closer to the body and therefore reduces the rotational torque into your body by about 50%. The 360 degree rotational axis of the ball and socket, as well as the flexible tendon, allow the kite to move around naturally, no matter in what position your body is, unlike the traditional hook and loop system that is very binding, especially when the kite moves from side to side. The increased freedom of the ball and socket also means that one has greater control over the kite’s movements and its power, which translates to more slick moves and greater ease. Slashing, carving, and blind and toeside moves are a piece of cake and the spreader bar won’t bruise your ribs (or your ego) anymore.

Another very useful feature of the Fireball is its intelligent locking gate, which differs from the conventional loop or security pin system in that it can be locked and unlocked while flying through the air, and is much easier and less awkward to engage and disengage.


These upgrades in the kite-connecting system come from a perfect understanding of the physics involved in kitesurfing, as opposed to windsurfing, or any other sport using similar equipment. The Fireball was built by kitesurfers for kitesurfers, and any problems kitesurfers had with the old hook and loop system were solved with ingenious research and design, as well as a thorough knowledge of the sport. The system is also fully integrated, which means that the kitesurfer has control over every aspect of it and it also guarantees that the security will always function, unlike when you connect a loop system to a random spreader bar.

The Fireball spreader bar is compatible with basically all the harness brands and has lower strap connectors that tie down to keep the bar as secure as it can be. You have to have the Fireball spreader bar for the system to work, which means that you can’t simply swap kites on the beach. The system is also designed with specific riders in mind, and those who like to unhook and do freestyle will not enjoy the Fireball; however, chances are that Cabrinha will modify this equipment in the future to cater for those who like to ride unhooked.

The Fireball system is a marvellous piece of equipment. It will increase your performance, security, ergonomics, comfort, and offers non-binding freedom, easy security activation, a reconnection of 3 seconds, and it will never foul hook. This system will keep any kiteboarder hooked to the sport.

The Cabrinha Fireball system ushers in the next generation of kitesurfers, and if the old-school surfers stay out of the loop, they will watch as new kitesurfers fly past them in comfort and style.

Cabrinha-2017-Fireball-Anatomynha Kite

The New Cabrinha 2017 Kites and Boards are almost here. There are just under two weeks left until we release all the new equipment. The new kites and boards are looking amazing, and there are a few surprises in the bag, which we cannot wait to show you.

Can you spot the new kite in the video?

Here is a first teaser video of the 2017 Cabrinha Kites and Boards.

If you would like to take advantage of our ridiculous pre-order prices then click here and fill in the form.

Vinny Cabano is presently backpacking through Asia for three months after finishing his studies. He recently stopped off in Bali to enjoy a bit of kiting before heading to the Philipines for six weeks.



Remember to follow him on Instagram @vinny_cabano.

He will then be returning to Bali and we hope to see some more great shots from him.

Check out this short video of Cabrinha Team Rider JJ Boshof hitting some winter kiting in Milnerton and Strandfontein.

Filmed by Kyle Cabano and Kyle Fletcher

Music: “Burn Down The System” by “Collie Buddz”

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Ruben Lenten was in Cape Town on his continued effort to recover from his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment. Ruben is feeling strong and slowly building up his strength and fitness so he can get back on the water and continue to push the limits of kiteboarding.

Ruben has been training with professionals from various fields to get him back on the water and up to his old tricks. Previously he has been concentrating on riding the waves of South Africa with a strapped surfboard, but the other day he felt like he would like to have a go at what he is most famous for – High Flying Kiteloops.

Ruben popped into the shop to pick up on of our 2016 Cabrinha FX kites as the wave kites he brought with him were not suitable for the task.

Check out some of his pics from his evening out on the water.

Ruben Lenten Cabrinha Kiteboaring FX

Ruben Lenten Cabrinha Kiteboaring FX

Ruben Lenten Cabrinha Kiteboaring FX

To see more of Ruben’s pictures and adventures follow him on Facebook or Instagram

We hope you continue to grow stronger and stronger everyday and you are always welcome to pop into the shop for a chat or to borrow a kite.

When life gives you lemons – in Cape Town’s case the Southeaster wind, a.k.a. the Cape Doctor – you make lemonade; or, even better, you host the Red Bull King of the Air kiteboarding competition. The competition attracts the best kiteboard riders in the world, who take on the treacherous Cape of Storms elements for the chance of being crowned the Red Bull King of the Air.

This year’s competition, held for the fourth consecutive year at Big Bay in Cape Town, saw 24 kiteboarding pros battle it out in front of 13 000 people for the highest and furthest jumps, as well as the most innovative, technical, and risky tricks and combos.

Riders have a two-week period in which they wait for the two days with the most favourable conditions, which include strong winds and high swells (Red Bull gives you wings, but strong winds and big waves help as well). The first round was held on 3 February when the Southeaster picked up to 30 knots. Although all 24 riders are pros, the first day separated the good riders from the brilliant ones. All three local boys (Kruger, Smith, and Howes) made it through to the second round at the end of the first day. Conditions seemed favourable for most of the day, but during Heat 9 in Round 2 the wind abated and the competition was postponed.

Red Bull King of the Air Explanation

The competition resumed on Sunday, 7 February, when the wind picked up again. Riders were treated to some of the strongest winds and highest swells in the competition’s 9-year history and some anticipated that the Cape Doctor would be doing more breaking than healing. In Heat 9 this seemed all too apparent when Sam Light, with 5 minutes to go in the heat, wiped out and was dragged downwind like a rag doll. Luckily he relaunched with no injuries.

Local rider Andries Fourie made it through to Round 3 thanks to some huge loops and secured himself a spot in the semi-finals. Oswald Smith, also a local, was up against some really impressive talent in his heat, including the 2014 King of the Air, Kevin Langeree. Smith gave his best, but came down hard on the water when attempting a kite loop KGB. He was carried back to shore and thus his run in the competition ended.

The next two heats also promised much with two previous champions competing. Defending champion Aaron Hadlow came second in his heat, while 2013 champion Jesse Richman came out on top in his heat, both securing their places in the semi-final.

As expected, the semi-finals, with three previous champions, provided exciting stuff. In the first semi-final, Lasse Walker, attempting a huge mega loop, crashed hard in the water and the safety boat had to be deployed. Fortunately he did not suffer any major injuries, although he did get some water in the lungs and a painful reminder that even the pros can become the playthings of the elements. In the next semi-final, Lewis Crathern, who dominated the previous heat and much of the competition, got taught that same lesson when he wiped out from a height of 20 metres at the start of the heat. Unfortunately he didn’t get off as lightly as Walker and he was later put in a medically induced coma. This tragic event meant the end of one of the more impressive riders in this year’s competition, but certainly not the end of him competing in future competitions.

In the end, the three previous champions – Aaron Hadlow, Kevin Langeree, and Jesse Richman – together with Brazilian Reno Romeu, made it to the final. After some really impressive loops by all four, Reno was flagged out, leaving it to the other three champions to battle it out. With all three tasting a second win, they risked life and limb to pull off their most impressive moves.

At the end of the day, Kevin Langeree was awarded the Mystic Move of the Event and the $1000 prize for his kiteloop front roll inverted one footer, but it was defending champion Aaron Hadlow who secured first place, becoming the first two-time champion in the history of the competition.

Wind, waves, water, and a few walloping wipe-outs made the 2016 competition one of the best ever. With these conditions, the famous Capetonian hospitality, and the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope will live up to its name; giving fans of kiteboarding hope that this competition (and the sport) will continue to grow year after year, draw larger crowds, and inspire young daredevils to take on the challenge to become the next Red Bull King of the Air.

Red Bull King Of The Air Winners

Cabrinha team riders Graham Howes and Nick Jacobson just dropped a new video on Facebook showing them exploring some new spots in South Africa.

Any ideas where they are riding. Let us know in the comments section below.

Nick and Graham Explore New Kitespots

Nick Jacobsen and Graham Howes exploring Epic new spots along the South African Coastline. Drone Footage: Craig Howes / Cape Town CityAdditional Footage: Anders KrugerEdit: Louis Laursen Cabrinha

Posted by Dirty Habits on Thursday, 11 February 2016


Drone Footage: Craig Howes / Cape Town City
Additional Footage: Anders Kruger
Edit: Louis Laursen