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.
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.
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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.
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.
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[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]
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
[/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=”1/1″][vc_column_text]So you can save as much as R 8 746 if you buy your kite in South Africa.
It is clear that Cabrinha South Africa is the best deal even before the VAT saving… and after… well it is the absolute winner![/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=”1/1″][vc_column_text]
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
Make sure you have a valid invoice from the store
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)
Present your invoice
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)
Put the savings away for your next kitesurfing adventure in Cape Town!
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