The Art of the Handmade Cabrinha Kite Coop September 16, 2013 General, Kitesurf The art of making kites is a centuries old craft. At Cabrinha they put their own high tech spin on this craft by incorporating the most cutting edge technologies and materials available today. Yet, despite the fact that their kites are built with such exact tolerances and precision, each and every kite they make is still built by hand by the most experienced kite craftsmen and women in the world. The craft of making kites that fly perfectly is one half science and one half art. Starting with the conceptual design and ending with the final quality control sign-off, each step of the build is a hand touched, hand crafted kite. This video is a stunning insight into the side of kitesurfing we rarely think about. Our number 1 best selling kite from Cabrinha is the 2014 Switch blade and the new 2014 Kites have just arrived in our warehouse! CLICK HERE for more information about the Cabrinha Switchblade Kitesurfing Kite 2014 Available in Sizes: 4m, 5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 9m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m PERFORMANCE FREERIDE – Park and Ride Stability – Consistent Power Without Working the Kite – Light Bar Pressure – Featherweight Control – Huge Boosting and Mega Hang Time – Put it Up There and Keep it There – Moderate Arc Shape with Dynamic Arc – More Power and More Aerodynamic Efficiency – Easy Relaunch There is only one kite which has embodied the true spirit of kiteboarding for the last 8 years for its spot-on performance in such a wide range of conditions. The Switchblade humbly takes the title of the highest performance kite with the easiest handling. But we are not about to rest on our laurels. In 2014 the Switchblade gets an upgrade in handling with an all new bridling that provides an even more direct and precise steering. Changes in outline and profile ensure that the 2014 Switchblade delivers power on the low end and precise handling and control on the top end. 2DR DOUBLE RIPSTOP – High Durability – 100% Double Ripstop – Low Stretch In Warp And Weft – Excellent Recovery On The Bias – Roll Printed Graphics Our exclusive line of high quality woven fabrics are designed to our exact specifications specifically for kitesurfing. Tested and developed over 4 years our Volae materials are made to deliver the lowest stretch and highest durability in their class. Introducing Volae. Our exclusive line of high quality woven fabrics that have been designed specifically for kitesurfing. Unlike many of the generic sailcloths available in today’s kites, the Volae materials have been personally developed to our exact specifications. Our ongoing personal involvement in the development process has raised the quality bar to a place where accuracy and consistency are guaranteed with every kite we make. Our new 2DR Double Rip Stop material is designed to provide a light weight yet durable canopy with extremely low stretch properties. This translates into a kite with the ability to lock in its intended shape and is ultra reactive to rider input. Volae 2DR Double Rip Stop material comes in a 53 gsm canopy material and a 75 gsm reinforcement material. Both utilize the shape locking double rip stop pattern and proprietary finish (emulsion). The double rip stop also provides for additional protection against tears. It is a balanced weave of 40 denier yarns with double rip stop clusters of yarns to improve the tear strength. It is very stable and low stretch in the warp and weft directions and has controlled elongation with good recovery on the bias. This enables the kite shape to be very stable yet still twist freely while turning. Our Dacron LE and strut material is made p of 150 denier warp yarns and 250 denier weft yarns. This puts the strongest and lowest stretch yarns around the circumference of the leading edge where the forces from inflation are greatest. Our Dacron material is very stable on all three axis do to the nature of the weave along with the heavily resin impregnated finishing process. Our Volae fabrics also have a unique roller printed look. DYNAMIC ARC – Tighter Arc In Flight For Faster Turning – Opens Wide On The Water For Faster Relaunch A dynamic arc allows the kite to have two distinct arc shapes. It 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. This 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 resting on the water in relaunch mode. The arc is allowed to open its span which orients the wingtips in a position to facilitates a super quick relaunch. SINGLE POINT INFLATION – Direct Connection To Hose – 2 Way Airflow – Large Airflow Aperture – Rapid Inflate/Deflate The Sprint Inflation System with Airlock is the most efficient and easy way to get your kite pumped up quickly. 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. POWER CONTROL: PIGTAILS – Power Up Or Down To Maximize Range Every Cabrinha kite comes with a simple, adjustable way to choose 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. But 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 rider.