Cabrinha kites Overdrive 1x Tech Tip video

Phil Sobolov, Cabrinha’s tech tip guru, takes you through the paces of the Overdrive 1X control system.
Depower on Demand
QR1- Full Shut Down
Q2- Disconnecting from your kite completely
Center Line Adjustment
Trim Adjusters
Bar Adjustment

Naish kiteboarding video NKTV S03E05-Welcome to 2014

Naish is a company that’s not afraid to tread its own path. With heritage on one shoulder and innovation on the other, we bring you our newest line of kiteboarding gear for 2014.

The future of kiteboarding is taking shape and gathering pace, and Naish is leading the charge! Are you ready?

Visit and see what you’ve been waiting for.

Director : Olivier Sautet (
Producer : Naish
Music: A Tribe Called Red – Electric Powwow (Available for free at )

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin

When did development first begin with the Ride kite concept? How long did it take before you were happy with the final design?

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin park wave

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin park wave

I first started working on the Ride over two years ago. Originally, I wanted to make the Park with two struts. The very first samples ended up being the Park, but without a center strut. Then, we decided that the Park should keep three struts (for stability and gusty wind control), but I didn’t want to give up on the two struts idea – the prototypes were way too good! So we re-focused the project toward a more “user-friendly” kite concept in order to help the re-launch and give it a more forgiving feel.

What characteristics set the Ride apart from other kites in the line?

Easiness! The Ride has that in its DNA. With the Ride, you don’t need to be a good kite flyer with advanced steering skills; you can just sheet-in and you’re going! The Ride never wants to back stall so it’s very forgiving when over-sheeting.

Why is the Ride’s 2 strut design so ideal for freeride kiting?

The two struts on the Ride provide a lighter kite that generates a better low end and naturally flies better in the air (lighter weight means better efficiency).

Why is the Ride so stable with just 2 struts?

The Ride is stable because the overall kite is perfectly balanced. Technically, this means the tow point of the kite (i.e. the virtual point where all the bridles pull from) is perfectly aligned with the center of effort of the kite (i.e. the virtual point that results from the addition of all the force generated by the entire canopy of the kite.)

Why is the Ride so easy to re-launch?

The re-launch of the ride is easy because of the overall outline of the kite; the wing tips are swept back in a way that allows the kite to easily rotate when on the water.

Why does the Ride work so great in light winds?

The reduced amount of struts results in two things for light wind riding. First, as stated above, the fewer number of struts translates into a lighter kite that is more efficient and flies better. Second, because there is no center strut, the center of the kite acts like a spinnaker, expanding a bit when you need power to harness more wind.

What is new for this year’s Ride?

This year’s Ride was built on last year’s proven platform. We’ve made the arc a bit flatter in order to improve the low-end and changed the bridle platform by making them start higher up on the leading edge. This makes the kite more solid when flying thru the window and in the end, results in a kite that responds quicker to the rider’s input when initiating a turn.

Q&A with Trip Kite designer Damien Girardin

When did you first start development on your strutless kite concept? Was the end result what you expected?

The idea of removing struts is a process that I started years ago when I first began designing kites. I always wanted to design the lightest, most simple and functional kites possible. But maintaining performance while removing struts is not that easy.

When you remove the struts on a kite you have to make sure it remains stable. In previous years, we went down to 3 struts with the Park, and then played with the idea of 1 strut, but wasn’t happy with the result. So then I went to 2 struts with the Ride. The Ride turned out to be such a good kite that it felt natural to move forward and design a strutless kite.

The design objectives for the Trip were very clear: create a compact kite convenient for traveling that has a lightweight, simple overall design and continue the idea of a user-friendly, fun kite. A minimalistic design that’s also lightweight is always favorable for any “flying object”.

After a long period of development, we ended up with a design that exceeded our expectations in terms of light feel, stability and light wind riding.

What advantages do you believe the Trip has over a traditional SLE or Bow design?

The main advantages of the Trip are that it is light in the air and the lift generating center section of the canopy will expand when flying. This translates into a great gain in light wind power. Other advantages include faster inflation time and more compact packing, making the Trip a great “go to” kite for traveling.

Are there any disadvantages to riding a strutless kite like the Trip?

Even though the high end control on the Trip is really good, you will reach a limit where the kite will simply saturate and start fluttering when you sheet out or head downwind. The re-launch will require more skills, as the kite won’t keep its structure when lying on the water.

We don’t recommend the Trip to be the only kite in your quiver, because in some conditions, or for certain styles of riding, it will not perform as well as the Park, Draft, Ride or Torch.

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin park wave

First concerns about a strutless kite are relaunch and stability. Please address both for the skeptics.

There may be times where you need some advanced skills to get a strutless kite back in the air. This is the main reason why we do not recommend the Trip for beginners. Also, instability in the air is not an issue when flown within the Trip’s wind range. However, fluttering can occur when fully depowering the kite.

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin kiteboard antic

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin kiteboard antic

Where does the Trip kite fit in your product mix?

The Trip is a kite that targets intermediate to advanced riders that want to lessen their load when traveling. It’s perfect for someone who wants to travel with only one “all around” kite that works well in most conditions.

The Trip is in a class by itself and is a nice addition to the rest of our line.

ANTIC-Wakestyle-Cable Hybrid

The Antic is a high performance hybrid TT wakestyle board designed for kite and cable park riding.

Designed to be ridden with boots or the Apex binding, the Antic is built tough for intermediate to advanced wakestyle riders looking to hit kickers, sliders and ride hard.

Cabrinha Kites Hawaii 2014 video Teaser

FILMED & EDITED: Anders Krüger
MUSIC DESIGN: Blumuh Design (
ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE: James Boulding & Phil Sobolev
RC HELICOPTER FOOTAGE: Jamie Barrow & Anders Krüger

Filmed and produced in the Cabrinha Kites Hawaii 2014 video Teaser, the birth place of Cabrinha kites. We blend dedication to innovation, modern craftsmanship, and riders with mad skills, and top it off with a talented Cabrinha Films crew. Here is a little taste of what’s coming soon.

Liam Whaley from Cabrinha Kites in Tarifa

James Boulding teams up with young ripper Liam Whaley in Tarifa, Spain’s southernmost port, know for its lovely beach and consistent winds.

MUSIC: J Sigsworth – Dark Flight
RIDER: Liam Whaley
GEAR: Chaos & Xcaliber

Airush kites lithium zero strut lightwind freeride 2013


The Airush Lithium introduces a revolutionary new kite size and configuration to the range, taking the all-terrain performance of the name into the lightest of wind.

Airush kites lithium zero strut lightwind freride 2013

Airush kites lithium zero strut lightwind freride 2013

The Airush Lithium 18m Zero takes the concept of making lighter kites to a new level by eliminating all struts. With four years of development along side the Airush One, the result of reducing struts and overall weight highlights the obvious benefit, resulting in the most innovative light-win d kites on the market. At 3.4 kg the 18m Zero is comparable in weight to a regular 10m kite.
Large kites do not need to be sluggish and slow. Quick and live ly, the Airush Lithium Zero, eliminates unnecessary material and drag, making response and steering effortless and fun. Boasting unbeatable power to weight ratio the Zeros jumping and hang-time capabilities are amazing.

Not only quick, the Zero is ideal for the lightest wind wave riding with minimal drag giving the words “drifting” and “stability” a whole new meaning. Just park your kite and watch the Zero follow you as you ride the wave down the line.


The unique wingtips found on the Zero no strut design allow high exposure of canopy, assisting in light-wind relaunching. In addition, the high sweep of the canopy reduces the contact of leading edge to the water.

Airush kites lithium zero strut lightwind freride 2013 Performance

Airush kites lithium zero strut lightwind freride 2013 Performance


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AMERY BERNARD from Slingshoot

With an accounting degree from University of Portland and professional experience in the public accounting industry, you might not have guessed Amery to wind up as a successful kite designer.

Being born and raised in Maui, some kind of involvement in water sports was simply inevitable. A few years after getting his degree and winding up behind a desk, he decided to leave the hum-drum, sedentary lifestyle and pursue a less financially rewarding, but more personally fulfilling path in the kiteboarding industry.

After a short and successful retail and teaching experience combined with an equally success in the competition scene, Amery landed a sales rep position for Slingshot, one of the industry leaders.


Amery’s innovative ideas and hard work ethic, combined with his teaching background and his technical understanding of the equipment landed him in Slingshot’s R&D department where he worked and developed some of their most successful kites.

After developing groundbreaking designs at the base of the most popular products that exist in the industry today, Amery has joined KiteSurf.



Shannon Best moved to the US in 1993 to make it as the first Australian wakeboard professional team rider.  By 1995 and through the early 2000’s Shannon started placing himself in one of the top ten in most wakeboarding competitions winning the prestigious 1998 Pan Am Oahu in Hawaii and then the 2001 World Cable Ski Championships in Orlando, Florida in the freestyle and big air divisions.

His sponsors included Connelly, Rip Curl, Liquid Force, Jet Pilot, Moomba Supra Boats and many more. It was during this period that Shannon discovered kitesurfing.  In 1999, he was first introduced to kiteboarding by Raphael Baruch from Kitesurf, the American distributor of F-One at the time.

Sponsored by Kitesurf (kites) and Jimmy Lewis (boards,) from 2001 through 2003, Shannon spent three years riding and helping develop the sport in Maui with core riders such as Elliot LeBoe, Jack Webb, Lou Wainman, Mauricio Abreu and Nina Heinburg etc.  Shannon participated in numerous videos which help shape the sport bringing a more radical and broader presence to this new sport with his wakeboard reputation and background.

Since the beginning of his successful wakeboarding career in the US, Shannon has been dreaming of starting his own brand. At the end of 2003, he was offered this opportunity when a group of investors approached him offering to invest into a brand named after him. With his dream within reach Shannon jumped on the opportunity and started Best Kiteboarding.

From 2004 to 2007 Best Kiteboarding went from rags to riches, and became the industry leader. Unfortunately, starting in 2008 due to poor management and internal politics, Best Kiteboarding began to lose its leading position. While in disagreement with the direction the company took and more particularly its management, Shannon remained focused on the creative development and innovation of the brand and its image until 2012 when they parted ways. 

Free of his past constraints and obligations under Best Kiteboarding, Shannon returned to the idea he had long ago of developing his own product line without having to answer to the politics of others but moreover without anyone to inhibit his own creativity and sense of community.

Going back to his beginnings, Shannon has joined again with Kitesurf which whom he had maintained a great relationship and has assembled his dream team to develop the best equipment available in the sport.

Kitesurf new line of kites and boards will be introduced within months and will be the reflection of a team effort by well-known industry designers and innovators including amongst others Shannon Best, Amery , Son Duong, etc…



Born in 1969 in Saigon, Vietnam, Son Duong emigrate to the States in 1975 at the age of 6 with his family. He made a home in the Pacific Northwest in Olympia, Washington, where he grew up.
Son studied at the Art Institute of Seattle at 17 years old and graduated with an applied arts degree in commercial art. He worked at Tower Records afterward from 1990 to 1998. He then got into the “Action Sports” industry designing waterskis and wakeboards for companies like Byerly and Hyperlite in 2001 to the 2009. He then started freelancing and designing graphics for various companies like O’neill, ProTec, Reef, Skullcandy, Scion and Ladera skateboards.
At the present time he resides in Monroe, Washington with his wife Reina, son Nathan, daughter Cyan and dog Pichu. He has started his own one man design house called Son of a Gun which encompasses everything from logos and graphic works, tattoo designing, doing events/trade shows and doing commissioned paintings. His dream is to be famous one day painting portraits of movie stars and Hip Hop icons.

Favorite tatoo artist: Horiyoshi III, Chris Garver
Favorite Models: Bettie Page, Queen Esther, Paulina Porizkova
Favorite music: 90s Hip Hop, 80s, Jazz

Favorite artists past and present: Van Goh, Dali, Warhol, Basquait, Frazetta, Dondi, Vargas, and David Choe


Diego Fernando Barragan Shaw has been involved in the wakeboarding industry since 2006.  Over the past years Diego has been competing at the highest level in the sport and have had the opportunity to travel the world, compete with the worlds best riders.


Living in Boca Raton, Florida and riding at SKI RIXEN’s, the local cable facility in Deerfield beach, following Shannon Best’s influence, Diego recently discovered and fell in love with KiteSurfing.


Ready to embark on a new journey with kiting Diego is looking forward to travel the world with KiteSurf.


Diego is originally from Cali, Colombia.

2005 USA CWT Rixen – 1st place
2005 USA CWT Nationals OWC ( orlando watersports complex) – 1st place
2005 Rixen’s “No side like Toeside” – 2nd place
2006 King of cable USA – 2nd place
2006 IWWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Jetlake, Austria - 9th place Junior men
2007 WWA, Texas Ski ranch ,Texas – 4th place Pro men

2007 WWA wake park series tour Kansas stop – 4th place Pro men
2008 WWA Wake park WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, CWC, Phillipines- 3rd place Junior men

2009 McCormicks cable park Cable event .Tampa, Florida – 1st place pro men
2009 Hungarian Wakeboard Champ Series 3rd stop – 3rd place Pro men
2011 Hydrous- Allen, Texas ,WWA 3rd stop – 5th place Pro men
​​​Sponsors & Pro Wakeboard Models:

​Rode for Rope Wakeboard’s. 2008-2010 DIEGO SHAW Pro Model size 135-138
Team rider for WAKEOLOGY WAKEBOARDS 2010-2011

North Fuse kite 2013 product clip

It´s out, the brand new Fuse is available up from now! Years ago the Fuse started as more or less a Rebel on 5 lines, today it´s an outstanding high performance free ride/wave kite, strictly developed on 4 lines and an intelligent bridle system. Of course, for maximum security, it can be flown on 5 lines too! The low wind abilities and the
easy handling are easy accessible and convincing. Enjoy watching the Fuse clip and test it yourself soon!

Nobile 2013 Website now online

We are proud to announce our 2013 website is now online.



You may see our entire 2013 collection, including new in the line 50Fifty Wake Edition kiteboard.

The webiste now features also gear reviews and kiteboard construction diagrams.

In nearest feature 2013 product videos will be uploaded to our website.

We are very proud to introduce our new line to all you kitelovers around the world. Driven by our Human Concept Philosophy, we always stand for the most advanced technology and superior quality, as well as unparalleled riding experience. Since day one, we have been on a constant search for rider friendly solutions and products that improve both safety, performance and fun on the water. 2013 is no different. Our new collection is one of the most comprehensive kiteboarding product lines on the market. Whether you are a hard-core newschooler, dedicated freerider, wave tamer, advanced rider or beginner, you will fi nd appropriate equipment in the Nobile line. Look no further, the gear you always wanted to ride is here, and when you try it, you’ll see for yourself that it’s far beyond your expectations.

See you on the water,

Nobile Team

Cabrinha 2013 – Live Free

Cabrinha 2013 – Live Free. At Cabrinha we strive to put the absolute best products in the hands of the rider no matter what their level is. From the touring pro to the first time rider, each Cabrinha customer gets our commitment that the product they are riding is made from the highest quality materials and construction techniques in the industry.

We are purveyors of innovation and inspiration. Our products are designed to deliver an experience as much as they are designed for a specific use.

Thanks for being part of the Cabrinha family. We’ll see you on the water.