Have Cabrinha gone back to C kites? 2013 Prototype

Looks like a C kite to us!
Back when the high depower kites ruled the headlines, Mr Cabrinha said they'd never make another C kite again. Could the man eat his own words in 2013?

In 2006 the Cabrinha Crossbow changed the sport of kiteboarding as we knew it. All of a sudden kites became 'safe' and easier to relaunch, and the resulting boom in the sports popularity was incredible. Fast forward to now, and equipment is easier than ever to use, and the diversity in the sports participants spans beyond what anyone imagined. 

Since then however, the high depower kites have always been labelled as the 'easy' option with little in the way of performance. Not unique to Cabrinha, other manufacturers also struggled when their hybrids simply weren't cutting the mustard in the competitions. Riders claimed both sub-standard performance at elite riding levels, and that they lacked the 'cool' factor of a true C kite. In recent years, the C hybrids emerged and have now managed to gain the cool factor while still being safe and easy to use. Kites like the Ozone C4, North Vegas and Slingshot RPM became the weapon of choice in the competitions and intermediate riders could still hook up to a high performance kite, without being intimidated by it's lack of instant depower. 

This year, you can expect most kite companies to release some kind of C hybrid in their lineup. But the huge news is that Cabrinha have also been spotted testing a new hybrid, and it's certainly not a Nomad. 

Pete Cabrinha was once famously interviewed by SBC kiteboarding magazine just after the bow kite revolution settled in. He made a massive call by saying:
"There is no reason for us to go back to making traditional C kites ever again; even if they depower."

Well, in the latest PKRA heats, Cabrinha riders have been spotted by Kitehigh .nl testing a new freestyle kite. This looks like a C kite to us! It's got a mini bridle, and in fact it looks almost identical to the Ozone C4 is almost every way. Even the bar is different, there's no IDS system and a shorter depower throw. All very C kite like attributes.

Check out the pictures below, and decide for yourself whether this kite will make it into production for 2013. We'll know for sure in May, when the Cabrinha dealers head to China for the 2013 Cabrinha Conference. Until then, we'll bring you all the spy shots of new gear as they're published. 

Kitepower QLD Closes Down

This week the second of what was once three Kitepower Australia stores has closed it's doors, citing poor weather this season and fierce competition in the kiteboarding industry as the reason business owners Jon and Jo Ashmore have called it quits.

Storms in Sydney provide perfect boosting conditions!

With storms continuing to sweep through Sydney this week, experienced kiteboarders made the most of the conditions to clock up some airtime, as evidenced by the WOO leaderboards this week.

Sliders, Sliders & Sliders - The Triple S gets slippery

It's all about the sliders at this years Triple S, but it kind of always was.

When 14th out of 300 equals last place - Red Bull Ragnarok.

Professional kiteboarders like Ruben Lenten couldn't even finish the race despite showing promise in the first few laps. At the end of the race it was the locals and the true snowkiters crossing the line - a sign of just how challenging it was.

Kiteboard with it's own LED lighting system!

What happens when you cross a Liquid Force Kiteboard, with some LED lights, a 9v battery and a slow motion camera?

Join pro kiter Elliot Drury on safari this winter.

Looking for a holiday destination for this years winter escape? Elliot Drury just got in contact to tell us about a freestyle clinic he's running at the Australian Kite Surfari in North Queensland.

Money Saving Tips for End of Season Kite Shop Sales!

Get the cheapest possible deal on current model kiteboarding gear at your local kite store, by following these money saving tips!

Evan Netsch goes kiteboarding in Baja

When Evan Netsch goes on his yearly kiteboarding pilgrimage to Baja - things get pretty heated, and we're not just talking about the weather. This guy can rip on a surfboard!

Butter flat and howling - Freestyle in Dakhla

The water was butter flat, the wind howling and the worlds best freestyle kiteboarders were there putting their bodies on the line for a chance at this years world freestyle title.

Keahi returns, still number one in the kitesurfing VKWC.

Our local legend is back! After several months out of the water Keahi De Aboitiz is showing no sign of previous injuries at the Virgin Kiteboarding World Cup (VKWC) in Dakhla this week.