TESTED & WORDS BY: Jim Gaunt
Extract from the full review, which is available now in the Kiteworld Winter print issue
TESTER BIOS AND TEST PARAMETERS: Here
TEST EXCERPT Cabrinha team rider Keahi de Aboitiz needs no introduction in the world of kitesurfing and, likely, his surfing and foil surfing reputation is arguably becoming just as strong. The new Cabrinha H-Series of wings are his signature models, available in 650, 800, 1000 and 1200 cm sizes. Matt finish carbon, they’re seductively sleek. As you run your hands over the blade you can’t help but imagine you’re holding a sushi knife.
Cabrinha’s Fusion modular parts connect beautifully, delivering one of the stiffest overall set-ups we’ve tried, which really gives the rider a close relationship with the foil under water. That shines through in all the Cabrinha foil set-ups we’ve ridden, in kiting and winging. As well as feeling solid, this 650 fused wing and fuselage is incredibly light. The span of the H-Series 650 is relatively wide (72cm) and offers so much glide that Keahi is able to use it on the outer reefs of Hawaii for tow foiling! Used with a kite the H650 is remarkably stable; we wouldn’t have believed it’s a 650 if we rode it without having seen it first. This must be the highest aspect small wing we’ve ever ridden and the glide really is next level for a wing of this size. The H650 out performs any other 700cm wing we’ve used for continuous lift and we were up and riding using an 11 metre LEI kite in just 13 knots with ease on our first session. The H650 is so dynamic for its size and delivers the sort of deliciously smooth, flowing and steady carving experiences under a kite that we’ve seen Keahi achieve purely from wave power. We’d love to have tried the H650 with the super light carbon mast, but we had the very first H650 wing that came into the country, and it just wasn’t possible to pair that combo up at the time. Check out KW’s sister magazine, Wing Surf World, in the new year for more on the H-Series, where we’ll be riding the H800 and H1000 wings with carbon mast and the Code 5’0’’. Glide city! magazine.wingsurfworld.com