2017 Cabrinha Contra
Rider Profile: Perfect for all riders that want to extend their game into the lightwind arena with a responsive, lightwind kite.
Sizes: 13m, 15m, 17m, 19m
**When you purchase kite complete with a Fireball control system we are throwing in the Fireball Spreader bar!- only at Kiteboarding.com***
Design Profile 3 Strut, Hybrid design, Sleek wing tips, Draft forward profile.
The Contra is a three strut light wind kite, designed to optimize low-end power while retaining the finesse that keeps this kite fun to fly. The high aspect ratio maximizes power production and makes generating power and speed a snap. Our trademark depower-on-demand makes managing this power effortless, allowing it to execute sharp and precise turns. Tuned to deliver the type of performance that will widen the scope of what you can do in light winds, the Contra has the power to get you up and riding when the winds are barely showing signs on the water. For 2017 we added pure profile panels to and brought the struts closer to the center to increase canopy support.
Features and Benefits
- The perfect lightwind extension to your quiver
- Pure Profile Panels for a better supported canopy
- Easy park and ride allows even advanced freestyle tricks in lightwind
- Featherweight control ensures less work for a nimble, light in the hand effect
- Works well with any board in your quiver
- Easy relaunch so you're not left downwind
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.
Skeletal Frame 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.
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.
Sprint Airlock 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 CONTRA
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
Sizes Available: 13, 15, 17, 19m
Sizes Tested: 13m
Our Testers Say:
?Lets you boost like a rocket and land like Mary Poppins.? // Chris Borodic.
?A grunty, stable and consistent power source. The Contra is great for learning new tricks in light winds or for foiling. It?s very well behaved and delivers when you need it.? // Dray Murray.
?Like driving a cement mixer on sedatives, the Contra has tons of power but isn?t in a hurry to turn. Once loaded up, it pops riders up for lofty airs and provides controlled, stable landings.? // Justin Lord.
The Contra is back for 2017 as Cabrinha?s medium aspect light wind canopy with swept back wingtips and a stable three-strut canopy. The Contra delivers a consistent grunty pull with very comfortable medium bar pressure and smooth predictable power delivery. The Contra?s main selling point is that it delivers grunt with fairly good steering response and turning speed that helps you keep it in the meat of the wind window. The Contra turns in a larger steering arc rather than a tight pivot but generates good power throughout maneuvers. The 3-strut frame delivers a solid balance between crisp canopy shape and a light overall feel, while the impressive pull makes this a no-brainer choice for extremely low wind freestyle sessions.
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.