Congratulations to Moona Whyte for taking the win at the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde! After missing the latter part of last year’s competition due to a back injury, Moona is back with a bang, stoked to win the first GKA wave event this year.
“I’m so stoked to take the win at Ponta Preta this year”, Moona says, “The conditions were really amazing. The first couple days of the event had pumping surf, and although the wind was a difficult direction being more offshore than normal, we were still able to get some good rides. It was tough but so worth it! All of the girls were having a great time pushing themselves in these challenging conditions too so it was really fun to be a part of it.”
Moona’s ability to seek out the critical sections on the bigger faces was unsurpassable and she was the only rider in her division managing to get covered-up and ride away from it.
After four days of absolutely all-time conditions at Ponta Preta, Moona retained her first place position from the single eliminations and reigned the doubles with an 8.47, the highest scoring wave in the women’s division at this event. From there she was untouchable with the biggest combo score of the competition – 16.04 points, securing her win at the first GKA tour stop!
“I couldn’t have asked for a better return to competition after recovering from my back injury. It’s so nice to be back in the water again and I’m looking forward to more wind and wave hunting in the near future!”
Keahi De Aboitiz and The Perfect Barrel
Keahi De Aboitiz just snagged what he describes as ‘the best barrel ever kitesurfed’ as Cyclone Oma just hit his home base at Australia’s East Coast. He’s seen his share of monster waves so right after the barrel he discussed with Pete Cabrinha how he lined up the barrel and why this one was the one for him.
“I actually wanted to go to Cape Verde for the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour but didn’t have enough time to go before my trip to the Marshall Islands, so the swell coming was the perfect excuse to come home to the Gold Coast.”
“It was a pretty insane swell, with perfect conditions, the wind was perfect with about 25-30 knots, the sand was lining up well, resulting waves the biggest I’ve ever seen it at the spot: There were 8-10 feet sets with gaping, wide open barrels! I ended up having the best kiting barrels I ever had. This wave was perfection! I was actually pumping through the barrel, which was really long, 5-6 seconds. Eventually, my lines started to drag, unfortunately, and I had to jump through the back. It was probably by far the best barrel I ever had kiting. It felt like I was surfing, the wind angle was really good, so my kite was just drifting.”
Talking Art & Design With Chief Graphic Designer Patrick Dunne
Cabrinha Chief Graphic Designer and Maui artist Patrick Dunne is a man of many talents. Patrick plays a crucial role at Cabrinha and designs all product graphics. Everything you see in Cabrinha’s range has probably been on Patrick’s desk. He’s the one who makes us look good and adds the magic! Patrick is also an amazingly talented artist, guitarist, and knows how to bring a smile on everyone’s face in the office. Time to catch up with Patrick, talk about his paintings, the ‘Thumbhead’, and how art is incorporated into each Cabrinha product.
Read the full interview, right here!
Tech Tip Of The Month – H20 Binding Adjustments
A complete walk through the features and adjustment options of the Cabrinha H20 Premium Binding.
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