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.

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!

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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!

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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.