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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 03.5m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 14m
Type: SLE


Durable, easy to use 5 strut SLE freeride kite.

Designers goals

Cabrinha designers designed the Convert as a kite for a range of conditions which is durable, easy to use and relaunch. These are strong points for beginning kitesurfers. The good price/quality ratio ensures that the Convert gives you good value for money.
What Cabrinha wants to offer with the Convert is durability without too many bells and whistles. The barsystem is developed to offer increased safety and control. To learn more about the 2011 Convert and the Powerdrive bar check out the clips below.


The Powerdrive IDS control system starts with an ergonomic design, which allows precise steering and power input to your kite.
Secondly, by adding our new Recoil system to the Internalized IDS Landing Line we have reduced the external clutter often found on other bars.
The final result is a streamlined and user-friendly control system that works well for both the first time kiter and the seasoned pro.

cabrinha bar 2011Bar features

  • New Recoil™ System
  • Cousins monofilament wound lines
  • Swappable harness loop sizes. Optional accessory sizes available.
  • Lower profile EVA bar ends with flex tips
  • Internal IDS Line
  • Custom cut EVA grip
  • Forged and polished alloy center section
  • Floating EVA bar ends
  • Color coded covered leader lines
  • Stainless steel CAS (centerline adjustment strap)
  • Removable security pin


Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 03.5m, 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Bar length: 42cm-48cm-55cm
Line length: 10m-17m-20m-23- and 26m
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Who is the kite for?

Cabrinha designers created a kite which is easy to relaunch, has  a wide range  and is built using durable materials.  All of these points make the convert a great kite for beginners. Furthermore, Cabrinha chose to price the kite competitively, making this a good buy.


cabrinha 2011 pulleyone pump 2011 swivel cabrinha 2011safety convert 2011


The convert is marketed as an allround kite for beginners and performance freeriders. The flight characteristics of the convert are very well balanced. For beginning kitesurfers the Convert offers stability, comes with a “sheet and go” button. To contol the kite very little pressure is required. The convert reacts quickly to steering commands and gives very good feedback though the steering lines.  The power buildup is gradual and predictable. The safety system works well and the kite is easy to relaunch.

Freeriders will appreciate the pop and the unhooked handling of this kite.  Wave-riders will like this kite for the reaction speed to steering commands at any level of depower.  Shorter kiters (smaller people) might find the depower stroke a bit long, but with some adjustment and the right setup this can be solved.

The convert likes to move to the edge of the wind-window, together with the pressure and the feedback the Convert offers great upwind ability.

We tested the kite in different conditions, including gusty winds ranging from 15-26 knots. I was impressed with the ease with which the Convert absorbs the gusts, the pressure buildup in gusts was gradual, which makes the Convert a n easy and very dependable kite to fly


Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Long depower range, total depower at the end of the range.

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Easy to relaunch using the steering lines


Limited Wide

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Total depower and push-safety.

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Tested in gusty conditions (15-26 Kts.) The kite did not tilt when in the air and the was no expolsive power buildup.



Gradual Explosive

Glide phase

Short Long

The kite is straight above you during the glide (small steering command is enough to increase the glide)


Small range Large range

The constant steering pressure and the small turning circle in combination with the direct power-buildup give it a good low end.


Small range Large range

Sheet & go kite. In the whole depower range the kite control remains good. Even when overpowered the kite steering is still light.


Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Turns over its tip (tipturn), because of the direct reaction to steering this is a fast kite.

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

The kite steering remains good throughout the whole depower range.

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Kite gives good feedback anywhere in the wind-window.

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Action gives immediate reaction!



Slow Fast

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Going upwind

Hard Easy

The kite tends to move to the edge of the wind window, there it has power and is easy/light to control. this makes it easy to go upwind.

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Cabrinha Convert 2011
stef - 20.11.2011 at 19:05 hour
I think it depend on the usage and location. Touring in steep mountains the foil is the best option. Open fields the tubes are doing well and the Cabrinha Convert has good safety and flying characteristics for snowkiting 
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Henni - 20.11.2011 at 17:28 hour
Is the convert 2011 to Snowkiting too 
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