[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Cape Town has fast become one of the most prolific kitesurfing spots in the world. With Table Mountain towering above the crystal blue Atlantic Ocean and the help of the Cape Doctor it not only boasts some of the world’s most awesome kite-surfing spots but the most breathtakingly beautiful ones too. The Western Cape is fantastic travel destination as there are so many activities to do, sites to be seen and incredible food and wine to be enjoyed. It is very affordable not only to visit but also to stock up on great-value, first-class kiting equipment.

Are you keen to try kitesurfing but worried about what all the equipment will cost you? Why not look into planning a trip to South Africa for the holiday of a lifetime but also to treat yourself to a complete new set of kiteboarding gear. The equipment in South Africa is a bonus for kite-enthusiasts as not only is it much cheaper here but there are huge savings to be made on VAT, which at the moment is approximately 14%. If you can’t fit in a trip but still want to make the most of these savings, it can still be done. Simply go online to www.cabrinha.co.za choose your kite or accessories and get it shipped straight to you.

Situated in Big Bay, Cape Town which is now home to the highly acclaimed Red Bull “King of the Air”, one of the largest kiteboarding competitions of the year. Big Bay is one of the best places to learn how to kiteboard in Cape Town. It is here that you can find the Cabrinha store, the biggest retailer of Cabrinha Kiteboarding gear in Southern Africa. This world-class kite store offers some of the best clothing brands, sunglasses, skateboards, sunscreen, swimwear, kitesurfing and windsurfing equipment to make sure that you have everything you need and that you look stylish when doing what you love!

One of our most popular kites on offer is the Switchblade, which is specifically engineered for the savvy rider that longs for the highest performance, most versatile, and superb quality kites on the market. The Switchblade ensures smooth power delivery with featherweight control and predictable handling. It is great upwind, allows ridiculously high hang times and is incredibly easy to re-launch. If you love making sharp turns and high lofty jumps then this is the kite for you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”2/6″][vc_column_text]The five strut design has distinct segments that hold the canopy true to its intended shape increasing performance no matter the wind conditions or angle of attack. The full draft-forward, rounded entry, aerodynamic profile really sets it apart from the competition. The wide range of attack angles give the Switchblade the incredibly powerful, predictable pull it’s famous for while maintaining maximum control and responsiveness. The Switchblade offers the ultimate performance in the widest range of conditions and variety of riding styles. The Switchblade is available in the following sizes 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11/ 12 / 14.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”3/6″][image_with_animation image_url=”10766″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”10″][add_to_cart id=”9735″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column boxed=”true” column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ el_class=”vatCol1″ width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]

Kite shop 1 (based in the Germany)

8m Switchblade without bar and accessories:

€1349 (R24 714)

10m Switchblade without bar and accessories:

€1449 (R26 546)

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Kite shop 2 (based in the USA)

8m Switchblade without bar and accessories:

$1369 (R23 032)

10m Switchblade without bar and accessories:

$1499 (R25 219)

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Cabrinha (based in the South Africa) before VAT saving

8m Switchblade without bar and accessories:

R 19 152

10m Switchblade without bar and accessories:

R 20 292

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Cabrinha (based in the South Africa) after VAT saving

8m Switchblade without bar and accessories:

R 16 800

10m Switchblade without bar and accessories:

R 17 800

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Cabrinha is also fully stocked with pumps, bars and any other equipment you might need to ensure the most enjoyable kitesurfing experience. Cabrinha kites, gear and clothing is already affordable but if you follow the simple steps below you will get a further 14% off on your VAT refund:

The basic rule is that any visitors to South Africa or non-resident foreign passport holders are able to claim a VAT refund when leaving the country. Provided that VAT was levied by the store and the supplier is a VAT registered vendor, who issued you with a valid tax invoice.

How to get your VAT refund when buying kites in South Africa

  1. Make sure you have a valid invoice from the store
  2. When leaving South Africa go to the VAT refund office at the airport (you can also do this by post if you run out of time)
  3. Present your invoice
  4. You will be refunded in various methods depending on the value of the claim (either by rand cheque payable anywhere in the world or a VISA electron cash card that will be loaded with foreign currency)
  5. Put the savings away for your next kitesurfing adventure in Cape Town!

For more information go to: http://www.taxrefunds.co.za

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So I went down to Jerrys Burger Bar to go get my entry form and my free burger! I have to admit I was a bit worried going into that competition, not ever having done big air competitively.

We got there on Saterday morning and the wind was fairly strong. There were 16 juniors competing and I was for sure one of the smallest! I won my first heat on my 7m Chaos jumping 11.4 meters. I went straight into the final, by which time the wind had picked up to screeching average of 32 knots. Luckily I had my 4.5m Drifter.

I was walking upwind to start my heat not even being to hang on to the kite. All I can say is we started the heat upwind of Kitebeach and all of us ended up at Pakalolo’s. My dad came to fetch me and brought me back up, we waited for prize giving and I ended up with a 10.1 meter jump.

That put me in 5th position out of 16 compeditors!

Thanks to Cabrinha, Mystic and SAKA for hosting a great event.

Cape Town’s Big Bay area is a mecca for watersports. But it’s kitesurfing, in particular, that’s really caused Big Bay to boom.

On any of the Mother City’s many windy days, the bay is festooned in the colourful kites of those taking advantage of the feisty south-easterly to get their sporting fix. Come summer, the area attracts loads of professional kiters, drawn to the international kite-boarding hot spot.

It’s easy to see why. First, there’s the 10-30 knot wind. Then there’s the wide, pristine beaches, set against picture-perfect views of the city and Table Mountain. There’s also the annual Red Bull “King of the Air” kiteboarding competition, held in Big Bag, which draws huge crowds. And there are cool bars, restaurants and chill spots to hang out at along the coast.

But kitesurfing isn’t just for adventure tourists, athletes or those into extreme sports. Anyone, of any age, can join in the fun.

Why you should consider kitesurfing

  • It offers a full-body workout. Kitesurfing includes both a cardiovascular and resistance element, so it helps you get fit and tone. Expect a strong core and upper body.
  • It improves your co-ords and concentration. You have to keep an eye on the wind, and make snappy decisions on navigating and jumping. This helps train you to have better reaction times to situations overall.
  • It gets you closer to nature. The sun. The wind. The surf. Need we say more?
  • It’s the ultimate in Zen. Kitesurfing is a great way to de-stress after a long day, and it forces you to be more mindful. In a video explaining why he loves the sport, Richard Branson said: “There are very high powered people − like Larry Page from Google and others − that kitesurf, and I think they do because they see it as therapeutic, as well as a lovely way to keep body fit.”
  • You become part of a community. The kiteboarding community in Cape Town is a warm and welcoming one.
  • It’s the closest you’ll get to actually flying J

Take kitesurfing lessons

Keen to give kiteboarding a go? If so, you’ll need proper instruction. In the video mentioned above, Branson said: “You need a sympathetic person to spend four or five hours teaching you, then you’ve got a lifetime of pleasure ahead.”

He’s right, but the exact number of hours of training you’ll need may vary. Ideally, you need at least six hours. At Cabrinha, we have lessons for beginners and advanced kiters, and we offer these lessons daily, both in Big Bag and in Langebaan – a great place for beginners to start.

Lessons include all equipment needed and our instructors are fully qualified through the IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation). Our instructors use radio helmets for water lessons, to maintain communication at all times, and in the group lessons, there are two people per instructor. Personalised attention is guaranteed. Here’s a breakdown of our main offerings that can be found on our kitesurfing school page:

Type: 2 Hour Group Intro Kitesurfing Lesson
For first-timers to learn the basics of wind, safety, equipment, setting up and flying the site.
R790 per person

Type: 4 hours Group Beginner Kiteboarding Course
A more comprehensive offering, it includes all the lessons from the 2-hour course (above), in addition to more advanced kite-flying skills (kite launching and landing; getting power from your kite).
Cost: R1580 per person

Type: 2 or 3 hours Group Body Drag Kiteboarding Lesson
Once you have basic and advanced kite-flying skills, you need to learn about how to use your kite’s power for a body drag (moving in the water if you’ve come off your board). Body dragging is a crucial kitesurfing skill.
Cost: R790 per person

Type: Langebaan Board Riding Kiteboarding Lesson
In the flat and shallow Shark’s Bay, you’ll learn how to get up on your board and improve your riding skills.
R1580 (4 hours) to R2 370 (6 hours) per person

Type: Premium Private Kitesurfing Lesson
One-on-ones ideal for those wanting to learn fast or as a refresher for kiters whose skills have gone a bit rusty.
Cost: R790 per person per hour

Type: Beginner Kiteboarding Course
The aim of this intensive immersive course is to get you on the board quickly. Over three or four days, you’ll get 12 hours of instruction.
R4265 per person (or R4740.00 if you pay in advance – a discount of 10%, and if you buy the new season’s equipment from the shop, the course fee is waivered)


Photographs by Mandi Ireland Photography.


So this this season SAKA made their first stop of the tour in Cannon Rocks, 100km north of PE.

After bareley surviving the 10 ½ hour drive with my mental brother, we arrived at the beach to find perfect, flat and warm conditions and I knew it was going to be worth it!

Cedric and his team partnered up with SAKA to pull off a great first leg with some proper prize money and great spot prizes too $$ J  The improved performaced of the re-designed Chaos really boosted my freestyle and gave me much more confidence to go bigger and higher.

Knackered after two days of tight competition I ended up coming 3rd  for Junior Pro Freestyle and managed to take the win in Junior Pro Wave!

Thanks Don and Grant for kicking  my season off with a bang!! (your support makes all the difference)






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Photos by Mandi Ireland. Check out her great images on her website www.mandi-ireland.com

Hey my name is Luca Guerrini and this is my first blog entry for Cabrinha South Africa!

During Cape Town’s cold winter you don’t get the usual Cape Doctor pulling through, but there are those few days in winter where there is a nice little South Easter that pulls through and you can see that when the clouds start forming a tablecloth over Table Mountain.

It was about a 15-knot wind so I took out my 9m Chaos 2015 (the best kite for freestyle I would say). The board I used was a wood core X-Caliber 2014 which is also a super nice freestyle board with loads of pop and great upwind ability. The waves were about 3 ft. and it was about 15 degrees Celsius outside. I pulled off some super nice unhooked railey’s, unhooked bankrolls and S-bends. I nearly pulled off a railey to blind. I am now in Australia for a bit and there are some nice winds coming through so I am hoping to get in some sick sessions and represent CABRINHA!

Stay tuned for more updates, the content will get better and better and I’ll also add some pictures of the equipment that I’m using!


A great thing about kiteboarding is the amazing places you can travel to. On the road you get to learn in new conditions, meet great people, and experience different people all while seeing beautiful beaches and amazing waves and kiteboarding spots. Whenever you go traveling to a kiteboarding destination you know that there will be a community of people there who share that same passion as you do, and you will instantly have something to talk about and stories to tell.

But there are so many places to choose from and so much information on the internet about them. A great place to find out more and to do a little arm chair traveling is welovetokite.com.

Check out exciting places like Barbados, Martinique or a bit close to home El Gouna, Egypt.

Or if you just want to find out a bit more about kiteboarding in Cape Town click here.

Happy Traveling

I had a terrible kite session this week. Why? Because it was really short. The conditions were epic, clean South Easterly in the middle of winter and the swell was big. I dropped my kite in front of a monster wave and it tore slightly at the bottom of the one panel. I didn’t want to damage it anymore and I didn’t have any more kites in my car. That was it; my session was over after only 5 minutes.

To top it all off I had to watch my friends have the time of their lives while I sat moody on the beach.

I was so irritated with myself, because I had noticed the small tear in the kite about two weeks ago, but I just hadn’t had time to get it fixed yet, and then the wind came up.

Don’t let it happen to you. Make sure your kites are ready to go when the wind arrives.

Make Sure You Are Safe!

Whether your kite has a slight tear in the fabric, bladders have a leak, or your bridles and lines are looking old, get it fixed before it gets worse. More importantly get it fixed before you hurt yourself. If your kite fails in strong conditions it can be really dangerous. Make sure you are safe out on the water and repair your kite before there is an accident.

Bring your kite into Cabrinha and we will have it fixed and ready to go in no time.

We can repair any part of your kite.

Tears to the fabric – Pro-repair or Econo-repair  – you choose.

Componenets – We can replace them all including bridle attachment points, mini-batten pockets, bladder installation or retention features, scuff protection pads, and more.

Bladders – There is nothing worse than a leaky bladder. Half way through your kite session your kite starts to act funny and stops turning as fast. Suddenly your jumps seem placid and your turns slow. We can fix small leaks all the way up to blowouts.

Bridles and Lines – healthy bridles and lines are essential to your safety when kiting. Worn out trim or leader line can cause your kite to go into a diabolical spin if they break.

Old pulleys can also put you in danger. Look into getting new ones or even upgrading to the new solid stainless sliders.

Need a Repair?

Send us an email with some images of the damage or give us a call and we will reply within 24 hours with a ballpark estimate and turnaround time. If the damage is obvious in the pictures, the repair cost will be within the ballpark estimate. Once we inspect the kite, lines, or bar, we will provide you with a firmrepair cost for your approval before starting the repair work.

This past month has been pretty depressing. The Cape Doctor has not been offering the conditions we have been getting, due to the fact winter is coming and that the kite season has come to an end.

We haven’t been provided with much swell either this month, so catching decent waves has been a struggle as well. The next couple of months will all be about surfing and hopefully being able to fit in a couple kite sessions on the Northwester and the occasional South Easter. Nothing too exciting has happened this month, managed to have a couple kite sessions with light winds.

I had a super fun-full-day-ride at Blue Rock. I filmed some footage with my GoPro, and tried some new tricks. I also headed up the coast on a 5-day surf trip with some mates. We camped in Tietiesbaai. We surfed at Shelly Point; a right-hander point break that was a pretty fun session except all the kelp eventually becomes extremely annoying. When we weren’t surfing we were either diving or fishing, so it was, overall, an enthusing trip.

Sadly, I have injured my knee with, what appears to be, a slight tear in my MCL playing rugby. I have been out for two weeks now waiting to see whether it is going to get better otherwise I’m forced to get an MRI to see if there is any further damage. Best scenario is that I will need some rest to recover. Worst case, of course, is an op. I’ll keep you guys updated and any news concerning the injury. Talk soon!

Hello everyone. My name is Cameron Ireland and I am 13 years old, I am a kitesurfer and I am sponsored by Cabrinha Kiteboarding and Mystic SA. This is my first blog that I am writing, so let’s see how it goes.

This month has been a crazy month with kiting and school. Our school orchestra went on a Talent Africa Competition and we got gold. So in July, we are off to New York to compete there. But the time that I have had left over I was right back in the water.

I have had a lot of fun with my friends this month. I have been helping my friend Garon with his kiting and he is doing really well. But on my side, I have been landing new tricks all the time. My trick of the month is Frontrolls. I have always wanted to do them but now I can. The trick I am very close to landing is a Flat 3. When I land them, I will be sure to write another blog about that.

This month has gone by so quickly, I am also starting to jump higher than ever before. It’s really a scary feeling but when you get used to it’s fine.  Also what I have been doing this month is practicing my directional riding. I am riding waves strapless and am able to land a surface 180° turn, but yeah it has been an awesome month for me. I hope my first blog was okay for everyone. Thanks for the opportunity!

Cameron Ireland.

Cameron Ireland Cabrinha Kiteboarding