My name is Ally.

The last couple of months have been epic, with great waves and wind. Many good sessions were on offer by our amazing city of Cape Town. The swell that we have gotten, with the added wind, has been super good for wave riding and some small freestyle mess-around-sessions in between.

I’ve been trying many different combinations of wave riding boards for all the different conditions; there are some decent boards worth adding to a person’s quiver including the C.O.T.A.N. It is a super fun board for some strapless jumps and wave riding. Some big swell came through earlier this month with two insane downwinders; one from sunset to big bay and the other being from Big Bay to Hakgat.

I also spent many sessions trying to land new moves and acting silly with my best mate Kimon Dos Santos. We were trying to ride on each other’s backs while flying both our kites. We ended up getting tangled in each other’s lines. Both of our kites looped non-stop and dragged us straight down the beach almost drowning both of us. Eventually, after about 30 kiteloops we reached terminus: the white sands of Big Bay.

Surf that really stood out was before school one day. We were the only ones out. We paddled out on our SUPs on a relatively sizey morning. After about 45 minutes, two dolphins joined me as I went over a wave. Of course at the time I had no idea that they were dolphins, so I got the fright of my life. I went into a huge panic and so did Kimon once he had seen them. The dolphins continued to circle us for about a minute and did not stop, as much as we wanted to think of it as an amazing experience we were both pretty terrified. We were a bit confused and asked a guy on the beach, who was watching us, what the dolphins were doing in all their antics. He said, “They were protecting you.” The dolphins must’ve obviously thought we were in some kind of danger. They circle you to protect you to get out of the situation. Kimon and I found this absolutely amazing that the dolphins may have protected us and that was by far the highlight to my month in the ocean

I would like to thank Cabrinha for giving me this opportunity of pursuing my passion. They give me endless motivation to do better and be better. These blogs will reflect my growth as a kiter, surfer and an overall person who loves the water, and who loves Cape Town. Stay tuned for more words, pictures and videos. These next few months are going to be amazing. Watch this space.

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FREESTYLE / WAKESTYLE

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

 

  • Explosive pop and great hang time
  • Great line slack for unhooked riding Forward pull for kiteloops
  • Excellent for vertical boosts
  • Highly responsive and direct steering Smooth power delivery
  • More drive than a traditional C shaped kite Predictable handling
  • Quick recovery
  • Good upwind performance

 

RIDER PROFILE:

 

A rider who mixes hooked and unhooked freestyle tricks. Loves huge jumps and kite loops. Likes to surf powered with a kite.

 

SIZES: 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 12 / 14

 

The all new FX kite effortlessly bridges the gap between freestyle and freeride to create the perfect crossover kite. The new and highly responsive platform gives you the much needed power for explosive acceleration, and the perfect amount of boost for huge lofty airs. The modified C shape arc allows you to throw aggressive kiteloops with the ability to hit the zenith in time for a soft landing. Its lightning fast turning speed, direct steering and quick relaunch make it perfect for intermediate to highly advanced riders.

 

POSITIONING

The FX kite is designed for high performance freestyle riders needing a wider wind range and more versatility than a traditional “C” shaped kite. It’s perfectly suited to perform at the highest level of competition, but is also forgiving enough to make learning technical moves much less difficult. It’s a really fun kite to fly. There are a growing number of riders looking for a kite that has some attributes of a performance crossover kite but lean more toward a performance freestyle kite. The FX is a marriage between these two genres and fits in our range between the Chaos and the Switchblade. It has the drive and pull that you typically see in a freeride driven design, but it won’t hold you back when pushing to excel to a higher freestyle riding level. This kite flies through the window rather than pivoting so it will produce power all the way through a kite loop. It gets through a kite loop really quick and is able to fly uphill and recover before the rider gets close to the water.

 

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Cabrinha Shapers Day

Hello All,

We are hosting one event that you most certainly should not miss out on.

Dave Kay and Nick Jacobsen will be at the Cabrinha Store in Cape Town on the 6th of January 2015 they will be talking about the latest and greatest 2015 range of boards and binding.

We look forward to a good evening with all of you and a great party afterwards.

If you would like us to send you more information about the event please leave us your name and email below.

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Alternatively please feel free to email the following two people for more details on the event.

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Kind Regards

#CABRINHASA

Whats new this year? You won’t believe your eyes!

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Kites

 

The Radar is new to the line up this season replacing the Vector. It was redesigned with a low aspect ratio giving it a large sweet spot on sheeting and a generously curved edge making it practically relaunch the second it touches the water. As a beginner this kite is perfect to get you up and going as well as progress rapidly.

 

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Bar

 

Lots of changes to the Overdrive 1x Control System. In my option this is the quickest
and easiest bar to reset I’ve ever seen, believe it or not you can reconnect with just one hand. Come into the shop at Eden on the Bay and try it out!

 

You will also notice they have lowered the front line connection to the CAS allowing a more immediate response from your bar input. The equal pressure created on all four lines changes the shape of the kite slightly taking away the delay you normally feel in kites.

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Recoil

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Power / De-power straps are easy to grab and adjust even if you have cold hands.

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No need to carry more then one bar as you can adjust this slighup to 8cm larger effortlessly. It can even be done on  the fly if necessary!

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Boards

 

The ACE is the ultimate all around performance board. New parabolic rails are great for hanging onto whilst doing board offs but ultimately are to add stiffness without adding weight.

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Fins – you might notice something different about the fins. The Hex Flow pattern greatly reduces drag making the board get up on the plain faster.

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Bindings

 

BOOTS! Light, durable and stylish ranging in sizes from XS to XL you can’t go wrong. The Velcro straps are really strong and designed to not come undone whilst riding.

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Cabrinha h3 footstraps

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In addition to all these new and exciting items your favourite previous years models like the Switchblade are in plenty of stock and we are offering 10% off on 2014 kites & 15% off on 2014 boards.

 

written by Jessica Winkler

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CABRINHA CAPE TOWN, would like to congratulate Liam Whaley on his 1st win in Fuerteventura.

Words from Liam,

“Feels amazing to win my first ever PKRA tour stop here in Fuerteventura! Happy that I rode well in the strong and light winds. Time to celebrate with my friends!”

PKRA