2015 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

The 2015 Cabrinha Switchblade is the latest in a line of fantastic kites produced by Cabrinha. This year, the Switchblade celebrates its 10th anniversary and there is a reason why this model has thrived so long. Its great kite that appeals to all types of rider from freeriders, freestylers to weekend blasters and the 2015 Cabrinha Switchblade is no different.

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

As always, Cabrinha have come up with an excellent looking kite with sharp, attractive graphics. The 2015 Cabrinha Switchblade I was testing was a 12 metre and was in the red colour scheme. Looks great doesn’t it!

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

One of the things the Switchblade has been known for is its power. At the low end, it has a lot more grunt than many other kites while having massive depower to cope with the windy days when you don’t have a smaller kite.

I was testing this at Shiu Hau Wan Beach in Hong Kong where the wind tends to be strongest early in the morning and weakens around lunchtime. When I first flew the kite, I needed to use quite a lot of depower but was comfortable once I had found the right amount of power I wanted.  As the wind dropped, I powered up my kite to suit the wind conditions and was easy to do with the Cabrinha bungee depower.

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

2015 Cabrinha Switchblade

In the air, the turning is smooth, has excellent upwind ability and the kite is stable in the window allowing for easy handling . The turning is also a tiny bit quicker than the 2014 Switchblade but that is just personal opinion. With the kite being so simple to just park and ride, its easy to realise why this kite has had such a wide appeal to all types of kiteboarders.

The boosting is also excellent and very floaty. The kite is easy to jump and gives you good hang time while you are up there.

The relaunch is again very good as it was with all the Switchblade models. While it isn’t the quickest kite out there to relaunch , it still does a very good job.

2015 Cabrinha Overdrive IX bar

The Cabrinha Overdrive IX has had some work done to it from its first incarnation in 2014. The main improvement is the new Quickloop release which now allows for a quick release (of course) and a system that allows you to put the loop back together in seconds. The bar, as was the 2014, is extendable from 48cm to 56cm allowing you to use all the kites of all sizes in the Cabrinha range except the Contra. You can also use the 2015 Overdrive bar with any Cabrinha kite going back to the 2009 range.

2015 Cabrinha Overdrive IX bar

2015 Cabrinha Overdrive IX bar

To summarise, you can’t really go wrong with a Cabrinha Switchblade and the 2015 model is no different. It is excellent in the air with great power and depower while being a kite that is easy to ride making it appeal to all riders. The improvements to the Overdrive bar make it one of the best in the market and it is a slick piece of kit.

If you are interested in a 2015 Cabrinha Switchblade contact us at info@thekiteboardingoutlet.com and if you ask nicely, we might even give you a discount off the retail price. Here is the link to our page.

2014 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

2014 Cabrinha Switchblade review

The 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade continues the line of excellent all round kites for all types of rider. The Cabrinha Switchblade has always been known for its versatility and is still the flagship kite in the Cabrinha range.


2014 Cabrinha Switchblade looks great!

My first impression of the 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade is how great it looks. This year’s graphics are eye catching and the kite looks great on the ground and in the air. There are 3 colours to choose from and then there is the Siren colour for the ladies.


This year’s kite has just two pulleys on the bridle down from six which allows for less moving parts and therefore less chance of a pulley failing. This also has the effect of a more direct feel of the kite from the control bar.

The kite itself has lots of power especially at the low end. I was out testing this in relatively light winds in Hong Kong’s Shui Hau Wan beach of approximately 10 to 12 knots and I am 70kg. I was travelling along nicely but had to work the kite a bit when the wind dropped a little. I was very happy with the turning speed when compared with the 2013 Switchblade and is one of the improvements on the previous model.

One of the major changes for the 2014 Cabrinha range is the new Overdrive IX control system. Firstly, Cabrinha have introduced the ability to change the bar length between 49 and 57cm on the fly with the overdrive system. By increasing the length of the bar into ‘Overdrive’ mode, it increases the turning speed of the kite. This also allows you to use one bar for the whole range of kites which in previous years was not possible.


The Cabrinha Overdrive IX bar

Another new feature of the control system is ability to choose which side the kite will flag out on. This is done by connecting the ‘flag out’ line to the side of the kite you want to flag out. The Overdrive IX bar also has a lower V from previous years bars for faster turning speeds and a more direct feel.

One downside of the 2014 Overdrive IX control system is that it is not completely backwards compatible with the previous IDS controlled kites due to the lower V split. According to Cabrinha, changing to a low-V on an IDS system has shown that some models flare slightly from the middle of the kite and flatten the arc shape. Some riders may not notice the difference but is worth considering if you want to use the bar with older kites.

I didn’t get a chance to use anything other than a 12m kite as conditions didn’t permit but all in all, I think the 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade follows in the line many excellent predecessors. It is a kite with lots of grunt, easy to fly and can be used for all levels of riding from beginners to advanced. The Switchblade has always been a popular kite and I believe it will continue to be popular with the improvements to the kite and control system.

If you are interested in the 2014 Cabrinha Switchblade or any other Cabrinha kite, contact us at info@thekiteboardingoutlet.com and we might even give you a discount!

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2014 Cabrinha kites preview

2014 Cabrinha kites preview

With that time of year approaching where brands will starting showing their new gear for the new year, Cabrinha have released pictures and info on what we can expect from next years additions.

Cabrinha Switchblade 2014


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. 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.


Cabrinha Switchblade 2014

 Cabrinha Drifter 2014


Drift stability. Lightning fast steering. Instant power and de-power. Durability. Easy relaunch. These are the necessary elements to make the worlds best surf kite. These are the elements that make up the Drifter. Amongst the many features the Drifter is known for, none is more important than drift stability also known as slack line drift. While surfing, it’s sometimes important to depower the kite to the point where you can surf on your own wave generated power without the pull of the kite. Its here that the Drifter is able to stay aloft and drift downwind with you. When the time calls for it, you can immediately power up the kite and clear the next section. The Drifter has a light weight, yet durable build using our Skeletal frame technology and our all new 2DR double rip stop material.


Cabrinha Drifter 2014

 Cabrinha Vector 2014


The 2014 Vector steps into the big leagues with a massive upgrade in performance. The direct steering of the Overdrive 1X control system combined with the elimination of pulley’s in the bridle makes the Vector a frisky 3 strut performance freeride kite. The Vector is the type of kite that will perform in just about any type of conditions, with any type of board. The chameleon characteristics does not come at the cost of performance, handling or durability. The Vector has a light weight, yet durable build using our Skeletal frame technology and our all new 2DR double rip stop material.


Cabrinha Vector 2014

 Cabrinha Chaos 2014


In the high stakes world of competition freestyle only one thing matters. Getting onto the podium. In order to do so you need a kite capable of performing at its best when riding unhooked. You need a kite which generates power through its turns. You need a kite that delivers bursts of speed and pop. The Chaos delivers on all fronts. While not made for your average rider, the Chaos kite will give you the fighting advantage in competition. Just ask Alby Rondina, one of the PKRA freestyle superstars and the technical advisor behind the Chaos development. The Chaos is perfectly tuned to perform when unhooked which also makes it the kite of choice for hitting rails or throwing wakestyle tricks on the flats. The Chaos has a light weight, yet durable build using our Skeletal frame technology and our all new 2DR double rip stop material.


Cabrinha Chaos 2014

 Cabrinha Contra 2014

Performance LIGHTWIND

BRAND NEW for 2014 – The all new Contra is a featherweight cannon that delivers light wind fun like you’ve never had before. It has the muscle to get you up and riding when the winds are barely showing signs on the water. The ultra efficient profiles optimize the low end power production while allowing excellent depower on the top end. Maximizing performance in light winds the 3 micro struts improve aerodynamic performance using light weight materials with very low drag. The Contra delivers distinctly sharp and precise turning that makes generating power and speed a snap while maintaining the agility of a smaller kite.


Cabrinha Contra 2014

Cabrinha Velocity 2014

100% RACING.

We don’t have any information on the updates but will let you know as soon as we know about the Cabrinha Velocity 2014.


Cabrinha Velocity 2014


Nobile 50fifty kite special offer

We have some great deals for the 2012 Nobile 50fifty, a great freestyle kite.


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7m complete with bar and lines – 990 USD or 7,670 HKD
9m complete with bar and lines – 1090 USD or 8,450 HKD
10m complete with bar and lines – 1145 USD or 8,880 HKD
12m complete with bar and lines – 1220 USD or 9,455 HKD.

Email us at info@thekiteboardingoutlet.com for more information on this deal or any other kites we have on offer.

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Kiteboarding kite size Calculator

Interactive kiteboarding kite size calculator

It’s a common question for beginners and more advanced kiteboarders alike ‘what size kite should I buy?’. As it is not a straightforward answer because you have to take into account your body weight and the wind strength of your location, we have a kite size calculator that can help give you a rough idea of what size kite you will need. Please note that it is an indication and local knowledge of particular location is always best.

There are two tabs, one for kites and one for boards. Hopefully this will give a beginner some kind of idea of what size of kite and board to get if they aren’t able to get help.

You can download the file by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

This spreadsheet is courtesy of James Douglass who put it together using simple maths.

Olympic hopes raised and then crushed: Kiteboarding scrapped just like that

Remember a few months back when we really excited about kiteboarding being introduced as an Olympic event at the 2016 Rio Olympics?  Well, sadly that dream only lasted a few short months and was dramatically reversed last week at the Annual General Meeting of the International Sailing Federation, crushing the hopes of all professional and aspiring kiteboarders.  Don’t get us wrong, we are happy for all windsurfers out there, who were surely just as dismayed when they were originally scrapped from the Olympics.  All in all, it seems unfair how this situation was handled.

The Kiteboarding Outlet - Kiteboarding excluded from Olympics

Kiteboarding… or did we mean windsurfing?

Apparently what happened was that there were some “language difficulties” when the voting occurred originally back in May 2012.  (Hmmmm… *scratching head*)

This lead to a revote and reversal of the decision at the Nov 9 Annual General Meeting of the International Sailing Federation held in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, where now suddenly 51.3% of the voting body favored windsurfing ahead of kiteboarding as an Olympic event.   In the months between May and Nov the windsurfing community had campaigned heavily to have the decision reversed, a wish that was apparently granted.

Reactions and Future

Of course, all Kiteboarding organizations and professionals have humbly accepted this bad news with optimism for the future. The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) stated on their website: “We feel with all the kiteboarders out there that hoped to live their Olympic dream already in 2016, but we respect the final decision of the worlds governing body and wish the windsurfers all the best in Rio de Janeiro.  We will continue our journey – promised.”

Kitesurf Tour Europe (KTE) wrote on their website: “Saturday evening in Dublin was an experience. Regarding the decision – so what. We started setting up such a wonderful sport in 2001 and it`s not a problem at all but a corner on our way.”

In our opinion, after this massive blunder, it is unlikely that this will be reversed any time soon.  Imagine the mindf**k:  ISAF says yes, ISAF says no, then ISAF says yes again?  The only possible way it could happen is if they finally brought both kiteboarding and windsurfing to the Olympics.  This also seems highly unlikely considering that it would either come at the expense of another sailing event or that two more event slots would have to be assigned to the sailing category.

But of course we must stay hopeful.  At least the dialogue is there and at least we came close to it once.  The kiteboarding community is growing worldwide and non-kiteboarders also enjoy watching our sport.  Kiteboarding organizations across the globe will continue to champion this cause without backing down.

There is also a grassroots facebook movement called “Get Kiteboarding Into The Olympics” available here, for those of you that want to get involved.