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Old 08-26-2009, 02:34 PM
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Default 2010 Cabrinha, NPX & Neil Pryde, A Look Ahead

The Pryde Group in Miami holds a retailers meeting every year. These are the folks that distribute Cabrinha, NPX, Neil Pryde and a great deal more to North and South America. This year it was on Key Biscayne near Miami, FL. They originally planned to have it a ways down the beach at another place. Unfortunately, the outfit was having some unusual issues and wasn't real responsive. The Pryde Group wanted a sure thing without embarrassing problems with the hotel venue. What was the solution?



Move things to the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne?! Yes, true story, they moved the event to the Ritz. A bit pricey but long on service and that is what they wanted for the attendees.





About 35 retailers came down to the Ritz on Monday to see what will be rolled out for the 2010 model year.



Folks came from 14 or so countries as I recall including a bunch from around the USA



Kent Marinkovic, President of the Pryde Group Miami operations, opened up the proceedings. Kent was followed by Josh "Rainmaker" Noe detailing great new water wear from NPX and Neil Pryde. After Josh came Todd Greaux and none other than Pete Cabrinha himself to describe what is new for 2010 from Cabrinha. This makes the tenth year Cabrinha has been in business manufacturing a broad selection of kiting gear. They have named 2010, the "Year of the Rider." Or put another way, it is about focusing on rider input to create innovations that matter.



Todd leads off for Pete



Pete launched a bunch of intriguing visuals from over the last decade, has it been that long? Lots of that stuff seems too familiar and recent. This is the first board ad Cabrinha ran way back in 1998.



I'll just touch on some of the information presented. There is a great deal on the Cabrinha website, up to date too at: http://www.cabrinhakites.com/ Plus the images are a lot clearer than these captures from the projected media. Pete presented the Nomad, new for 2010. The Nomad is a non-bow hybrid IDS kite combines a moderate C shaped arc with an IDS bridle to deliver the fastest turning Cabrinha kite yet. The kite is designed with wave riding and throwing kite loops in mind.



Pete put up this interesting comparison of Cabrinha Bow and Hybrid kites vs. sweep and respective properties. Sorry for the fuzzy image, will try to get a clear one real soon.
Cabrinha has produced a series of bar charts to match the various kites to riding styles at: http://www.cabrinhakites.com/kite-selection-chart.html



Cabrinha has come out with some new developments for their IDS system including a shielded PU to reduce wear and tear. Also, the Quick Releases have been modified along with the optional retaining pin.



Cabrinha has brought a nice selection of twin tips, surfboards and skates to market for 2010. Something for everyone and all riding styles in there. They have these useful bar graphs that match the board (and kite) attributes to various riding styles. Such as at: http://www.cabrinhakites.com/board-s...hart-2010.html



... and here is something really new for 2010, Standup Paddle Surfboards. Three different models in consideration of rider paddling style and weight. Again, apologies for the low light fuzz in the image. Hope to get a clearer one soon.



Josh Noe did an excellent overview of water wear from NPX and Neil Pryde (smooth rubber suits) ably assisted by Damien Leroy. There are a lot of products for USA and global distribution. Somehow, a short video of Josh sporting a perforated backside appeared in his Powerpoint?! A souvenir of a downwinder. I was surprised to find that I failed to get a good shot of Josh during his presentation so I supplied this one from a 56 mile downwinder to Vero early this year in up to double overhead surf. Looking good.


More about NPX and Neil Pryde wear at: http://www.npxwetsuits.com/ and http://usa.neilprydewaterwear.com/index.php


Be sure to make a nice order for neoprene boots with Josh, understand there is a whole ceremony for "booty calls."

After the new product presentations and hands on examination on the beach, things shifted to a reception at Adventure Sports Miami's store in Coconut Grove. It is located right across the street from Crook & Crook Marine Supplies.







A 180 degree view of the brand new ASM store.
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More about the store at: http://www.adventuresportsmiami.com/



Pete chats with Oliver, nice topper Oli!




Fritz Otiker, Media Services dials in his lens as Grace looks on




Damo and the crew dive into some foosball




Paula and Josh hang out with Maui. There's Karen just back from Brazil in the background.




Kent grabs a photo op with the folks that kept the evening running smoothly




Fritz got the folks together for a group shot, say "order!"



Next, out the door and down the block to dinner at Berries In The Grove.




Great food and company








Jeremy and John of Jupiter Kiteboarding and Standup






A great day and more to come tomorrow, there's even wind in the forecast! Thanks to all the folks at the Pryde Group and Adventure Sports Miami.
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