Browsing articles in "2012"
Apr
15

Liam Whaley – Cabrinha 2012

By piggelill  //  2012, Liam Whaley  //  No Comments

15 year old Liam Whaley joins Cabrinhas team. Liam is young but already a great kitesurfer. Imagine the level he´ll be at five years from now…!

Apr
4

Susi Mai in Antigua

By piggelill  //  2012, Susi Mai, Videos  //  1 Comment

This video doesn’t really need any presentation. Watching Susa Mai is always a pleasure. Here she is in Antigua!

Mar
16

Cabrinha in Cape Verde 2012

By piggelill  //  2012, Videos  //  No Comments

Here is a really nice video from the Cabrinha team in Cape Verde.

Nov
10

Cabrinha Drifter 2012

By piggelill  //  2012  //  1 Comment

The name Drifter says a lot about what kind of kite were talking about here. Yes, it’s a surf kite which you probably already knew.

So what can we say about the Drifter? A friend of mine took out a 9m for a test ride in gusty conditions, 20-30 knots. Choppy water combined with a 5,4″ surfboard.

Let’s start with the good news.
The kite feels rigid almost as if there were rods instead of lines. It´s easy to pilot is whereever you want it without any annoying lag and no such moments when you´re waiting for the kite to power up, for instance after several turns in the waves.

The wind was pretty strong this day, but I experienced that it was easy to do multiple linked turns without having to worry about slacking lines. This would probably not have been a problem with any kite a windy day like this one, but still.

The upwind performances was great. I was able to lots of turns and tricks on my way down and just go upwind and start over.

The kite has only three struts, like the trend we saw among lightwind kites in 2011. The bar is a excellent, the IDS bar with the spring coil system that works as a stopper.

Bad things…

The colors are dull, boring and sort of faded. People asked me where the hell I found such an old kite.

The grunt is ok, but probably not the best grunt kite I tried.

The video below shows in which conditions the Drifter comes to its right use.

Cabrinha Drifter 2012 first Strapless test in Sweden!! from Surfskolan Crew on Vimeo.

Sep
2

Cabrinha Vector 2012

By piggelill  //  2012  //  No Comments

cabrinha-vector-2012The Vector is a new offering from Cabrinha. It’s designed to be a stable platform for beginner and intermediately level kiters.

the Vector is a kite that you can ride in any conditions that the ocean offer you and it will do it with consistency and ease. The Vector is made to make kiteboarding easier, the handling and steering are easy and the water relaunch is a piece of cake and it comes with an intuitive security system. The Vector makes use of the latest cutting edge kite technology to deliver solid performances across all disciplines. Its 3 strut design is slightly lower aspect ratio than the Drifter giving it more of a parking ride type of steering, once you´re up and riding you can pretty much set it and forget it, its stability will blow you away. The Vectors 3 strut hybrid design is excellent for a wide range of universal freeriding uses. It can be used with every single board type. If you´re looking for a great kite that will match your kiteboarding skills move from move in a safe and secure package, then Vector is the kite for you. The Vector comes in sizes of 3.5, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 14 square meters

 

 

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