Cabrinha 2018 Switchblade Performance Freeride Kite

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For a rider who wants unrivaled predictability, unmatched versatility and uncompromising high end performance and quality. Whether you’re boosting big air, throwing down technical tricks, or simply out for a fun session on your own terms, the SB provides the ultimate kiting experience.



DESIGN PROFILE:

The Cabrinha Switchblade once again proves why it is the worlds most loved kite. With Nick Jacobsens recent King of the Air title, his world record Woo jump of 28 meters, and his mind bending jump from the top of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai (a height of 210 metres), it's clear that the Switchblade’s performance is legendary. But what the competition hasn't been able to replicate is the Switchblade’s unrivaled combination of high performance and ease of use.

Whether you are working on your freestyle game or testing your limits of getting incredible air, the Switchblade will deliver with a class of predictability and reliability that can not be found anywhere else.

5 Strut, Bow / Hybrid design, Fusion wing tip shape, Draft forward profile

Sizes 7m, 9m & 11m are IKO certified.

4m, 5m & 6m available in blue color way only.

Features and Benefits

    Profile refinements improve the overall performance for 2018
    New High Tenacity Dacron enhances the arc stability
    Ultimate performance in the widest range of conditions and variety of riding styles
    Smooth power delivery
    Ridiculously high hang times
    Predictable handling with improved stability and range
    Large sweet spot
    Great upwind performance
    Distinctly agile and light precision steering
    Easy relaunch

Design Profile - 5 Strut, Bow / Hybrid design, Fusion wing tip shape, Draft forward profile
Technology

High Tenacity Dacron

Our all new Dacron is specifically designed for inflated kite structures. The construction of this material is very warp oriented using ultra high tenacity yarns with an increased thread count to combat elongation in the warp direction under high inflation pressures. Lower elongation makes for a more accurate kite with less deformation while in flight.

Pure Profile Panels

The strategically placed panels provide ultimate control over the aerodynamic profiles in the kite. Smooth and stable profile entry. Improved overall kite efficiency, performance, and range. Faster flying through the sky giving you a broader range of performance.

Skeletal Frame

Provides the structure that keeps the kite design true to its intended shape while in flight. The stable frame drives the kite through turbulence with a minimal amount of deformation and has excellent overall de-power. The inflated leading edge introduces the laminar flow of air across the kite's Pure Profile Panels, for a quick recovery if stalled and prevents the kite folding on itself. The inflatable structure reduces the amount of bridling required for stability. It also provides safety by providing some flotation in the water and enables an easy re-launch.

Volae Materials

Our exclusive line of high-quality woven fabric has been designed specifically for kitesurfing. The Volae materials are made with accuracy and consistency, and are guaranteed for every kite we make. Our 2DR Double Ripstop material is designed to provide a lightweight, yet durable, canopy with extremely low stretch properties.  This translates into a kite with the ability to lock in its intended shape, while remaining ultra-reactive to rider input.

Aspect Ratio

A long, narrow wing generally has a high aspect ratio, where as a short, stubby wing has a low aspect ratio. A high aspect ratio designs makes the kite fly forward and point upwind incredibly well, The lower the aspect ratio design is more responsive and provides a consistent and stable pull.

1X Security

Upon activation of 1X's single line flagging system the power of a kite is immediately killed and it will rest motionless on the water or land.

Sprint System W/ Airlock

The Sprint inflation systems is the most efficient and easy way to get your kite inflated and deflated quickly. The enlarged Airlock valve quickly feeds air into all of the struts from a single location. The Airlock connection to the Sprint pump 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 valves's large dump feature.

Dynamic Arc

Dynamic arc allows the kites to have two distinct arc shapes. The arc of the kite takes on one shape while flying and another shape while in resting mode on the water.  While resting on the water the arc opens up slightly to facilitate an easier relaunch.

Power Control

Every Cabrinha kite comes with a simple, user adjustable way to choose the power level of the kite.  Each rear line "pig tail" connector has three power positions you can connect to.  The middle position is the factory recommended position.  However, the user can choose to create more power by connecting the knot closest to the kite or less power by connecting to the knot closest to the the rider.

Pro Span

Improves the relationship between the actual canopy area and the "usable" canopy area. 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 reducing the induced drag of the overall wing by having more usable area focused in the projected power producing section of the wing.