In my opinion that Cabrinha ad is a major
slap to the face of kiters. It comes across as "We know what's best for the sport, we told you so!"
You're going to hijack our friggin' sport and give all the credit to sailors? WTF?
Who enables your rock star lifestyles by buying your overpriced kites- sailors?
It's not a "sailing device", its called a kite, you ungrateful fucks.....
I can see wanting to pimp your gear and riding Rob's talent for all its worth, but the fact remains that kiteboarders do not want to be sailors.
In closing, Congratulations to Rob for his accomplishment. Good stuff, that's crazy fast!
Wow - you must really hate sailing and Cabrinha. I value all opinions on the forum, so I'm not here to say that you are wrong. I'm sure you speak on behalf of all kitesurfers on the planet with your opinions, but maybe I can explain the significance of this event to you and why we mention saling. The World Speed Record is a SAILING
record. This encompasses monohulls, multihulls, windsurfers, and kitesurfers (I probably left some others out..). Kitesurfing is a niche sport. Toppling records held by windsurfers and then held by sailboats is something that kiters should be stoked about. It brings international recognition to the sport in massive numbers. It shows that kitesurfing, the newest type of way to navigate waters under sail power, is atop the pedestal in the sailling community, which is infinity larger than the kitesurfing community.
What does this mean? It means that maybe some big sponsors that work with sailing might be more interested in tapping into the kitesurfing demographic. So in the near future you might be attending the Jamba Juice Strapless Kite contest, or the Charmin Classic racing event where international media will be attending and our sport will get the mainstream recognition that it deserves.
Rob trained for three years to break this record on basically stock gear. He, Sebastian, and the Catman spent tons own their own money pushing each other to achieve this goal. He has spent 15 weeks of his life the last three years sitting in a windblown desolate part of Africa and put his body on the line to take home a world record for kitesurfers. I personally think Rob is an animal and deserves nothing but accolades for his hard work and dedication. I don't see anywhere where Cabrinha have called us all sailors, it's just a fact that the World Speed Record is SAILING and a lot of kitesurfers who wanted to be eligible to own that record lobbied and worked really hard to make kitesurfing eligible. It's a slap in the face by you to them when you say that kitesurfers aren't sailors.
On a more positive note, this probably isn't the end of the speed sailing battle. These rich backers in the sailing community poured millions into a new hydrofoil sailboat that should be capable of these current speeds. It will be another round of David versus Goliath next year as these ultra competitive athletes push the limits of speed on the water. Way to go Kitesurfing and way to go Rob!!