Est. 2000

About Us

Where do we start?

Origins

Founded, inspired and driven by Maui-based waterman, Pete Cabrinha, Cabrinha Kites produces kitesurfing equipment for water sports adventure seekers.

Pete’s approach to innovation has been the driving force behind our development philosophy keeping the brand technically and culturally connected to our customers. Producing products powered by a 100% renewable source (the wind), we continue to be socially connected to like minded people who enjoy the water, are protective of the planet and are stewards of the ocean.

Our Success

We're always evolving

Cabrinha's success over the last seventeen years can be attributed to a dedicated team of passionate people taking inspiration from a rich water sports heritage.  As a pioneer of the sport Pete holds a masters status in surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.  After joining forces with Neil Pryde in 2000, Cabrinha benefited greatly from the Pryde Groups rich history of producing yacht and windsurfing sails in their state of the art facility.  This paired with our research and development facility in Maui which is situated for testing in any and all wind and water conditions assures consistency and accuracy from design to production and ensures products we are proud to stand behind.  Over the years the brand has been able to lead the industry into new eras of safety, comfort and performance with a world wide distribution network focused on customer service and satisfaction.

Influencing the Industry

Ride with the Best

Cabrinha kites have been ridden to World Tour Championships in Freestyle, Surf, Wakestyle and Speed and have been the choice of some of the most influential personalities in the sport including figures in the public limelight.  

See Our Timeline

2000

Pete

Pete Cabrinha joins forces with Neil Pryde and Cabrinha Kites becomes a subsidiary of the Pryde Group ltd.

2004

Recon

RECON control system enables Kiteboarders to easily de-power and control the kite when over-powered

2004

World Record 70ft Wave

Billabong XXL Guiness World Record biggest wave ever ridden-  Pete Cabrinha sets the world record at Jaws during the Billabong XXL big wave contest on a custom Cabrinha surfboard.

2005

Crossbow

Cabrinha releases the Crossbow bow kite. A kite design that revolutionized the kitesurfing industry with its unmatched performance, handling and security.

2006

Switchblade

Switchblade kite launch. Switchblade goes on to become the largest selling model in the world.

2008

World Champion

Jesse Richman becomes KPWT world Champion

2009

Andre Phillip

Andre Phillip wins the SSS

2010

Speed Sailing Record

Rob Douglas sets the outright speed sailing record of 55.65 knots in Luderitz using a Switchblade kite.

2012

Susi Mai

Susi Mai receives ‘Most influential Female Kitesurfer Award’

2012

World Tour Champion

Keahi De Aboitiz wins Kitesurf world Tour, he will also win in 2013, 2014 & 2015

2013

Moona Whyte

Moona Whyte wind Kitesurf World Tour, she will also win in 2014.

2016

Manufacturer of the year

Iksurfmag reader award

2016

Fireball release

Cabrinha introduces the innovative and award winning Fireball Control System. Changes the game once again.

2016

Freestyle World Champion

Liam Whaley becomes Freestyle World Champion

2017

Manufacturer of the year

Iksurfmag reader award

2017

Red Bull King of the Air

Nick Jacobsen wins Red Bull King of the Air

2017

World Record Jump

Nick Jacobsen jumps off the Burj al- Arab