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Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2014
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 15m, 17m
Type: SLE
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Kite

Light wind kitesurfing kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

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.

  • LIGHTWIND Profiles - OPTIMIZED LOW End Power
  • 3 Micro Struts - Reduced strut DIAMETERS & light weight BLADDERS
  • Direct Steering and Snappy Turns
  • Park and Ride Stability - Consistent Power Without Working the Kite
  • Light Bar Pressure - Featherweight Control
  • MODERATE Arc Shape with Dynamic Arc - Quick Turning and Fast RELAUNCH
  • COMPLETE WITH OVERDRIVE 1XL CONTROL & SECURITY SYSTEM

Usability

Style selector cabrinha contra kite

Windrange

windrange cabrinha contra kite 2014

Bar

The Overdrive 49-57 cm bar should not be used with the Contra kites due to the length of the security line. The Contra must use the Overdrive 1XL to achieve the full function of the security system.

2014 kite bar cabrinha XL

Bar movie

Kite Movie

Details:

Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2014
Brand: Cabrinha
Size: 15m, 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 57cm-65cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kiteboard review Cabrinha Contra 17m 2014

Test Conditions

Wind: 6 -12 knots
Water: lake
Board: Twintip 140x40 & Freerace board (5'5" x 21" x 2 7/16")
Bar setup: 24m lines

Detail Photos

 thick leading edge Cabrinha Contraprofile center strut Cabrinha Contra 2014help line setting cabrinha kite

Most prominent Characteristics

Pros Cons
+ low end - kite reaction
+ Park & ride - going upwind
+ safety system - long depower stroke
+ stability  
+ feedback on the edge of the wind window  

Conclusion

With the Cabrinha Contra in your hands you immediately sense the drag. Its profile and a thick leading edge give the Contra a feeling of stability & constant power at the edge of the wind window. You could say, park & go under the 10 knots!
If the wind picks up, the Contra loses its performance. Longer depower stroke, lots of bar pressure and less upwind ability. The gliding phase gets more interesting above 12 knots, so for tall & heavy riders this kite could still be a good option.

Best use? Use the Cabrinha Contra in its low end as a Park & ride kite.

 

Basics

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Lift is gradual, that makes this kite easy to handle without surprises

High-end

Small range Large range

A lot of pull & drag in its high end

Glide phase

Short Long

Above 12 knots great glide phase

Low-end

Small range Large range

great wit a lot of pull and bar feedback

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Cabrinha Contra 2014 17m
Name:
matthijs katsma 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
14 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 4 knots up to 10
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
17m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
windrange
 
LimitedWide
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 18.03.2014 at 11:13 hour
Comments:
We tested the Contra mainly in its low end area on a north Nugget and a 138-40 twin tip. The Contra was the first kite to get me plaining, but also the last to get me upwind. Its position is very deep in the wind window, which provides a lot of pressure in low wind but also prevents you from riding upwind once you're plaining. Compared to other 17m2 (north, blade, core) its reaction is quite slow.
Resume: a stable and early plainer for those who wants to cruise up and down. Easy to feel and it won't surprise you. Do not expect too much high-end performance, its a really low end early plainer. 
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Cabrinha Contra 2014 17m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 8 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
17m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
glide phase
 
ShortLong
windrange
 
LimitedWide
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
up wind
 
HardEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 14.03.2014 at 21:15 hour
Comments:
We tested 5 LW kites and around 8 knots the Cabrinha Contra was one of the first kites to plain with a twintip. The Cabrinha Contra builds up an enormous pressure on the edge of the wind window. The Contra wasn't the fastest reactor and has a bigger turning circle than others. The changing angle of attack while powering or de-powering is very clean and efficient. That makes the Contra stable and very predictable. No crazy boosts, no loss of bar pressure or feedback while steering. No, this Contra is an easy & predictable LW kite. Use it to be one of the first riders on the water.
 
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