Yesterday was windy. At the moment windy days in Cape Town leads to the chargers that call it home heading out to try and break the kitesurfing height world record.

Earlier in January it was broken twice by Joshua Emanuel, first at 26.8m and then at 27.5m in one week.

Not to be out done and not quite happy just to be the Red Bull King Of The Air Champion for 2017. Nick Jacobsen set out to put his name at the top of the height leader board and hold the mantle as the true King Of The Air.

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Nick headed out to Witsands on Sunday morning looking for that extra bit of wind in an already nuking forecast. Witsands is close to Cape Town and tends to pick up even more wind than blouberg and kite beach. It also catches a lot more swell. Basically the prefect destination to try and crack a new record.

Cabrinha Witsands Scarbourgh MAp Nick Jacobsen Break World Record Kitesurfing

It paid off as Nick blasted through the record to an astounding 28.6m.

We done Nick. You continue to impress and make us proud to call you one of our own. Both a Cabrinha team rider and a lover of Cape Town.

We are still waiting to confirm but Nick has been loving his Cabrinha Switchblade kite and Ace board as these are what he won the RBKOTA with. So we presume this is what he was riding at the time.

Nick Jacobsen Red Bull King Of The Air Kites

 

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Nick Jacobsen is the new Red Bull King of the Air for 2017.

As a proud sponsor of the King Of The Air event held in Cape Town, South Africa we watched in awe as the biggest names of the sport met for the final heat of the event. We couldn’t be more stoked at the result!  Nick rode his 2017 Switchblade & Ace all the way to the podium. A huge congratulations to Nick Jacobsen for being crowned the RedBull King of the air.

Cabrinha would like to congratulate Nick on this epic achievement.

If you are wondering which kites Nick was using to accomplish this feat, see below:

Kite: Switchblade

Board: Ace

Nick Jacobsen Red Bull King Of The Air Kites

 

The Red Bull King Of The Air 2017 is over and we are having serious withdrawals. So we thought we would put together some of the best Instagram shots from the competition and the weeks leading up to the final.

From @cabrinhakites

The build up

Win a board!

Its on 31st Jan 2017!

The prize giving with Cabrinha champion Nick Jacobsen.

From @cabrinha_southafrica

Our riders

Nick and Andries making it through

Graham Howes Cabrinha Team Rider

From @redbullza

The Trohpy

The crowds

The final

The champion Nick Jacobsen

The Red Bull King Of The Air 2017 has been given the green light for Tuesday 31st January. The first heats of the competition will likely be held in the late afternoon/evening in Big Bay Cape Town.

The wind is not looking very strong for today, but the forecast is not promising either, and the organizers probably want to get some heats out of the way before the real wind arrives of Thursday. Expect the organizers to try and finish all the heat of round 1 so that they can start on an even keel on Thursday 2nd of February.

Cabrinha is the official kite sponsor for the 2017 Red Bull King of The Air  and we are running two fantastic competitions where you could wind a Cabrinha Kiteboarding board. Come down to the Cabrinha shop in Big Bay to check out our awesome specials and enter the competitions, while you soak up the energy of the competition in the natural amphitheater of Big Bay.

 

Team rider Matthew Petter-Bowyer @mattevis
Photographer Christine Petter-Bowyer @christine.petterbowyer
Trick: Board off
Equipment: 9FX and Tronic board

 

 

With season upon us, Brandon Snider, is warming up nicely with some Megaloops.

Armed with his 2017 10m FX and Xcaliber 135cm board, he reaches massive heights in Big Bay.
Follow Brandon Snider on Facebook and Instagram: @brandonsnider01.
Photographer: Steve Snider
Freestyle / Crossover

Rider Profile:

For riders that mix hooked and unhooked freestyle tricks, love huge jumps & kite loops.

Design Profile:

3 Strut, Modified C shape arc, Box wing tip design, Lean entry profile

Features & Benefits:

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

Xcaliber 135cm board

Competition Freestyle

Rider Profile:

Our premium competition freestyle board designed for the high end competitor.

Features & Benefits:

  • Extensive use of structural cabron
  • Stiff flex pattern for a rapid response and explosive pop
  • Amazing relex
  • Excellent upwind drive
  • Stable high speed landings
  • Includes 40mm fins, handle & mounting hardware

A quick kitesurfing weekend get away for Kyle Norton to the beautiful warm waters of Langebaan, Cape Town.

From backrolls to raileys on his FX 2017 and the Ace Board with bindings, Kyle had an amazing time and the photos show it.

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Follow Kyle on Instagram: @kylekiter

Facebook: Kyle James Norton

FX 2017

Freestyle / Crossover

Rider Profile:

For riders that mix hooked and unhooked freestyle tricks, love huge jumps & kite loops.

Design Profile:

3 Strut, Modified C shape arc, Box wing tip design, Lean entry profile

Features & Benefits:

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

Ace Board

Competition Freestyle

Rider Profile:

The dream machine: a Performance freestyle board that doubles down equally well in any riding category.

Features & Benefits:

  • Tough, lightweight and responsive Volcanic Basalt construction
  • Flex patterns tuned for a smooth ride
  • Dynamic pop and low spin weight
  • Early planing lift and reliable edge hold
  • Maximum upwind drive
  • Smooth predictable landings
  • Includes 40mm fins & mounting hardware

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.

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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.

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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.

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