2017 Cabrinha Apollo
Introducing the 2017 Cabrinha Apollo - High Performance Freeride
The Apollo bow kite is a giant step in the forward progress of performance and efficiency. It is Cabrinha's most technically refined kite to date, designed to provide you with the most efficient power source of any kite in the Cabrinha range. The Apollo allows you to fly a smaller kite in the same wind conditions you would normally fly a traditional kite. It isn?t just about the amount of power. It?s about how the Apollo delivers it and how effortlessly that power is managed.
Sizes: 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 12 / 14 / 16
Rider Profile: For any type of riding where forward speed and acceleration must be matched by the speed of the kite with effortless management. Excellent for foil boarding or speed kiting.
Design Profile: 5 Strut, Bow kite design, Pro Span technology, High aspect ration, 3 bridle setting options
The Apollo is a performance freeride kite designed to pull every bit of power out of the atmosphere and deliver it right into your hands. It is purpose built for kiteboarding, meaning that it has been designed from the ground up specifically for the sport of kiteboarding. The inflated skeletal frame of the kite sets it apart from a ram air kite in many ways. The skeletal frame provides the structure that keeps the kite design true to its intended shape while in-flight. In shifty winds, the inflated struts drive the kite through turbulence with a minimal amount of deformation. The inflated leading edge structure of the kite introduces the laminar flow of air across the kite?s Pure Profile panels, making it very stable even at low speeds. These inflation properties make the Apollo unbeatable as a light wind performance kite and incredibly accurate as a high wind kite. It also goes without mention that an inflatable kite is much more reliable to relaunch, thereby making the Apollo much safer and much more fun to ride than a ram air kite.
Features & Benefits:
- Exponential power delivery
- Fast flying performance
- Excellent hangtime
- Optimize efficiency
- High aspect ratio for optimum upwind performance
- Huge wind range
- Excellent lift to aid in tacking and jibing maneuvers
- Inflatable structure
The 2017 Cabrinha Apollo is a high aspect ratio kite that goes upwind like a champ. Once apparent wind is built up, the kite is like a rocket, it was far more stable than I expected for being a high aspect ratio kite. The 12m was a little slower turning than the Velocity but made up for it in lift. TRACE and Woo fans, this is the kite that will break your records... - Shop Test Rider 1
After testing 2 of the 3 settings on the kite, the A setting made for quicker/easier relaunch while the B setting was quicker turning and more responsive. Kite flies very close to the windows edge. If you are looking for the capabilities of a foil kite, but want to stick with an inflatable, this is a great choice...Shop Test Rider 2
Improves the relationship between the actual canopy area and the lifting canopy area. With Pro Span, a majority of the kite?s surface area is working for you in a lifting capacity which also improves speed and upwind performance. The key element is not the flat canopy area and aspect ratio of the design, but the in-flight projected area and projected aspect ratio. Once it takes shape in-flight the power comes from the efficiency, and the efficiency comes from decreasing the induced drag of the overall wing by having more lifting area focused in the ?projected? power producing section of the wing. The defining feature of the Apollo is its ultra high aspect design which translates into a higher projected span.
Pure Profile Panels
The layout starts in segmented sections in the design software, but, in-flight its natural shape is a smooth arc. In order to make the transition between segmented and curved, we doubled the aerodynamic control by cutting each canopy panel in half at the center section, providing the ultimate curvature control which is where 90% of the performance comes from. When a kite is clean and smooth it will be faster through the sky giving you a broader range of performance.
Wing Tip Setting Options
We offer multiple tuning options this season which completely change the way a kite flies. These options allow you to customize the feedback and bar pressure, adjust where the kite sits in the window, and balance the power/ de-power range of the kite.
Cabrinha highly recommends testing the different settings for yourself to find out what feels the best to you.
A = The lightest bar pressure and lightest steering initiation.
B = Much more feedback, more bar pressure, shortened depower, and more steering impulse to know where the kite is.
1X Security System
The 1X is not a depower system, it is a full blown shut down system. The 1X relies on only one line to immediately shut down the power of the kite whether it be on land or water in all wind conditions.
Power Control settings quickly adjust the power level of the kite. Each rear line ?pig tail? connector has three power positions which you can connect to. The middle position is the factory recommended position. Create more power by connecting the knot closest to the kite or less power by connecting to the knot closest to the rider.
2DR - Double Ripstop
Cabrinha?s exclusive line of high-quality woven fabrics has been designed specifically for kitesurfing. Unlike many of the generic sailcloths available in today?s kites, the Volae materials have been specially developed to our exact specifications. The development process has taken over 5 years to create this dedicated kite material, which delivers the lowest stretch and highest durability on the market.
All Cabrinha kites are designed and built on a Skeletal Frame foundation. We start by placing the most durable, 160 gsm Dacron material into a framework that locks in the intended shape. We then create the canopy shape and profiles with a light weight yet highly durable 53 gsm polyester woven material. We build on the durability of the canopy material with a second layer of 53 gsm two-ply material over the high stress strut sections. Next, we layer into the perimeter a 75 gsm, double ripstop reinforcement material to combat the extreme loads that are placed on the trailing edge and wing tip areas of the kite. Finally, we complete the kite with details such as molded EVA chafe protectors, robust leading edge protectors, and triple row stitching at the high stress inter-segment seams near the center of the kite. We seal it all up with a woven nylon ribbon reinforcement on the leading edge closing seam.
A dynamic arc allows the kite to have two distinct arc shapes. The kite takes on one shape while flying, and another shape while in resting mode on the water. The flying shape occurs as soon as the kite gets airborne and the front lines are under tension. The flying shape is the kite?s intended shape which is optimized for the intended usage. The arc shape is held in place by a simple set of bridling. The dynamic arc shape occurs when the kite is not in flight, such as when the kite is resting on the water in relaunch mode. The dynamic arc allows the kite to open its span and orient the wingtips in a position to facilitate a super quick relaunch.
The Sprint Inflation System with Airlock is the most efficient and easy way to get your kite pumped up. The large one-way Airlock valve quickly feeds air into all of the struts from a single location. The Airlock connection to the Sprint pump now requires no special adapters. Once inflated, you can lock off each strut independently to keep your kite?s rigid frame, and isolate any accidental strut deflation from the rest of the kite. When the session is over, the entire kite will deflate in seconds thanks to the Airlock valve?s large dump feature.
Check out the Apollo and the rest of the 2017 Cabrinha Lineup
TKB REVIEW: 2017 CABRINHA APOLLO
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
Sizes Available: 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16m
Sizes Tested: 9m
Our Testers Say:
?It?s stable with excellent upwind capability and great boost and hangtime.? // Rob Shea.
?Happy place, happy face, happy in space. Easy boost, lift and hangtime. Upwind madness, hangtime gladness.? // Dray Murray.
?Every tack, this kite took me dozens of yards upwind and covered tons of ground so I could have more fun riding downwind and boosting on my way back.? // Chris Borodic.
The Apollo is a new kite for Cabrinha this year and stands out from the rest with its exotic high-aspect canopy and bow-style swept back wingtips. The Apollo is a 5-strut inflatable that looks like it belongs on a racecourse with the rest of the ram airs, but excels in performance freeride, which is to say that it zooms upwind like a crazed banshee and delivers in the big air department with impressive lift and solid hangtime. The Apollo features a large diameter bayonet style inflation valve that requires no nozzle on the end of your pump hose and a single setting front bridle and three wingtip settings to adjust. This kite flies extremely forward in the wind window, accelerates with every gust and will put you in the performance spectrum of ram air kites but with the dependability of sure-fire relaunch of an inflatable. The Apollo has slow turning speed, which is to be expected, but the sheeting is progressive with medium bar pressure and the depower is fairly good for a kite that?s built to accelerate. Testers gave the Apollo high praise for its upwind chops and boosting. Some noted that the steering requires a little bit of adjustment, but once you dial in the load and pop timing it is quite fun. The Apollo won?t get you across the finish line in first place at the nationals, but it is a fairly easy to use and reliable option for freeride kiters that want to cover some distance, boost big lofty airs and set some personal speed records.
For this year?s test Cabrinha sent us three options each outfitted with the Fireball system: 1) Overdrive 1X with Recoil (Adjustable bar ends with spring/tuning strap) 2) Overdrive 1X with Trim Lite (Adjustable bar ends with cam cleat tuning) and 3) 1X with Trim Lite.
The Fireball system offers a proprietary ball and socket connection between the control bar and your harness. Most testers chose to use the supplied NP harnesses with the Fireball spreader bar attached. The Fireball brings the pivot point between harness and kite closer to your body which tended to reduce the spreader bar from ratcheting upward into your ribs and reduced the harness? propensity to rotate. Some testers praised the Fireball for keeping the throw close to the body and for making back rolls and toeside riding easier and more comfortable. The Fireball is a fairly clean push away quick release with a below the bar hand swivel that doubles as a release guard. The quick release handle has a notch similar to last year?s that locks the handle in the open position for an easier reset in the water. While some testers were indifferent or resistant to adopting a new harness system, the one very clear advantage of the Fireball is doing away with the traditional chicken loop and donkey dick system and it?s potential to create a false or ?foul hooked? situation in which the bar becomes unhooked seconds after launch or midway through a session. If you?ve ever seen a beginner negotiate the perils of a foul hooked situation on a rock studded beach, then you?d know that the safety feature of the Fireball sells itself.
The Overdrive 1X with Recoil is a dual adjustable length bar (48cm/56cm or 57cm/65cm) that riders can adjust on the water. The Recoil features a streamlined single center-line safety depower system, low V, and a fixed length durable plastic sheeting/throw line which combines above the bar tuning with longer travel throw while keeping controls well within the rider?s reach by using extension handles. The plastic depower/throw line doesn?t include an adjustable stopper but the spring loaded controls act to keep the bar within reach when let go. The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops. Testers commented on the Overdrive 1X?s slightly thicker grip diameter and liked the rubber texture of the hand grip.
The Overdrive 1X with Trim Lite is a dual adjustable length bar (48cm/56cm or 57cm/65cm) that riders can adjust on the water. This bar features a streamlined single center-line safety depower system, low V, and a fixed length durable plastic sheeting/throw line which combines above the bar tuning via a cam cleat. This is likely Cabrinha?s answer to those riders that prefer a simpler bar layout than the spring/tuning strap (Recoil version). The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops. Testers commented on the 1X?s slightly thicker grip diameter and liked the rubber texture of the hand grip.
The 1X with Trim Lite is a fixed length bar (44cm, 52cm and 60cm) that features a streamlined single center-line safety depower system, low V, and a fixed length durable plastic sheeting/throw line which combines above the bar tuning via a cam cleat (another option to Cabrinha?s Recoil system). The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops. Compared to the adjustable bar ends of the Overdrive, the 1X with Trim Lite is overall lighter and requires smaller floats. Testers commented on the 1X?s slightly thicker grip diameter and liked the rubber texture of the hand grip. Cabrinha also offers this bar?s adjustable length bar ends (Overdrive) with the Trim Lite simplified cam cleat tuning system instead of the spring/tuning strap/extensions of the Recoil tuning system.