Winner Announced Today: 19th March 2018

The 2018 XO Kite Collection is a fresh take on our award winning Switchblade kite and our XO twin tip. The XO collection offers a vibrant color choice for female riders that want high performance equipment to ride in a wide variety of conditions. The limited edition collection features the XO Switchblade, XO TwinTip and women’s apparel collection including the XO top, front zip hoodie, trucker style hat and long sleeve lycra.

2018 XO SwitchbladeXO Kite

High Performance Freeride / Big Air

Sizes: 6-7-8-9-10-11-12

The XO Switchblade is designed for riders that want unrivaled predictability, unmatched versatility and uncompromising high end performance and quality. Whether you’re boosting big air, throwing down technical tricks, or simply out for a fun session on your own terms, the XO Switchblade provides the ultimate kiting experience.


5 Strut, Bow / Hybrid design, Fusion wing tip shape, Draft forward profile


  • New limited edition color way
  • New High Tenacity Dacron enhances the arc stability
  • Smooth power delivery
  • Ridiculously high hang times
  • Ultimate performance in the widest range of conditions and variety of riding styles
  • Predictable handling with improved stability and range
  • Great upwind performance
  • Distinctly agile and light precision steering
  • Easy relaunch

2018 XO DeckXO Twintip

Freestyle / Freeride

Sizes: 133 x 38.5 / 136 x 39.5


Specially designed for female riders that want to progress their freestyle riding in any type of conditions.


  • New bottom and deck shaping
  • Added rail channels for better grip
  • Balanced flex patterns tuned for a smooth ride
  • Dynamic pop and low spin weight
  • Early planing lift and reliable edge hold
  • Smooth predictable landings 

The XO butterfly graphics are designed by local artist Lori Koprowski. “My XO butterfly original oil paintings have been heavenly influenced by the female form, ocean and sky and kites in the air. I love capturing the energy from the ocean and wind through texture and my color palette is driven by the sun and sea and colors of the kites on any given day.”

XO Collection 2018


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”

Check Out Our Youtube Channel Here

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

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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 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:

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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.



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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.