Cabrinha Switchblade IDS 2010
Now in its 5th season, the Cabrinha 2010 Switchblade IDS remains the premiere Wakestyle Freeride kite. The Cabrinha Switchblade is designed to perform in a wide range of conditions, hooked or unhooked.
The steady predictable pull and its ability to fly forward when unhooked makes the Switchblade perfect for hitting kickers, sliders and just about any wakestyle trick in the book. In 2010 improvements have been made to increase the Switchblades turning speed and relaunch. Core Wakestyles ultimate power source can be found in the Switchblade 2010 IDS. Now 100% dedicated to the cause, the 2010 Switchblade IDS delivers pure wakestyle performance to the masses.
The Cabrinha Switchblade 2010 IDS is a performance kite with a direct, light bar feel, and easy handling capabilities. The Switchblade excels in the competition wakestyle arena but is simple enough to make any rider feel like a pro.
The Switchblade 2010 IDS handles the task of unhooked riding by delivering a constant steady powerband. When unhooked the kite continues to fly forward, making the power predictable during your tricks. On the fly depower is extremely linear which means youll always have the correct amount of power for the job at hand.
IDS (Intelligent Depower System):
The Intelligent Depower System (IDS) provides an amazing level of control with minimum rider effort and input. IDS is a simplified bridle and control system exclusive to Cabrinha.
IDS produces virtually no bar pressure while delivering precise control of the steering and power of your kite. IDS is so intuitive that it seamlessly provides 2 stages of depower. Interactive Depower on Demand while riding, and an Absolute Depower method to land your kite.
Absolute Depower functions similar to a 5th line system, but without the complexity of the unnecessary 5th line. Cabrinha IDS equipped kites use only 4 lines for a simple, uncluttered method of control and security. Additionally, the IDS bridle maintains all of the instant relaunch functionality the Cabrinha kites are famous for.
This season Cabrinha have taken durability head-on with the addition of transitional strut panel materials and reinforced LE closing seams. Cabrinha have also reinforced the high load areas of theirkites with a transitionally weighted material.
This well-placed material acts as a buffer zone between the rigid strut areas and the canopy. The entire canopy of all kites are flat seamed and taped prior to sewing. This is 20% stronger than the free hand sewn method of a top stitch.
The leading edge closing seams now impliments a hot melt glue tape in the leading edge closing seam for added strength. The entire trailing edge implements a two-ply of tough 70 gsm material for added durability and strength.
The full contact between the strut and the leading edge helps to ensure a rigid frame. The positive connection not only provides stability while the kite is in flight but delivers added durability and a rapid relaunch.
The Sprint* inflation system is a simple to use feature to quickly inflate your kite to an even pressure. The Sprint system uses a single inflation point to connect your high volume, two way Cabrinha pump. As you pump your kite with air, all struts and your leading edge inflate quickly and simultaneously to the desired pressure. The supplied leash pump and threaded valve connection keeps your kite under control even when pumping up directly in the wind.
Once the kite is pumped you can choose to clip off, or isolate the air contained in the struts. This way if you damage a strut while in use, the rest of the kite will continue to maintain its pressure. At the end of the session you can choose to deflate your kite completely by disengaging the strut air clips, or you can keep your struts inflated and put your kite away rolled up so that the next session will take just minutes to set up.
Cabrinha Powerdrive IDS Control System:
The Powerdrive IDS is equipped to take advantage of Cabrinhas new Intelligent Depower System features. With Powerdrive IDS you now have complete control of your kite whether it is flying powered up, or resting completely depowered on the water or land.
With the increasing demand for increased function and kite control the 2010 Powerdrive IDS steps up to the plate to meet the challenge. The all new Powerdrive IDS control system has been redesigned from the bottom up to accommodate many new features while streamlining its user interface. The result of this intensive development effort is our most refined and evolved control system to date.
In a huge industry first, Cabrinha has managed to internalize the IDS landing line into the main depower line. The landing line now occupies its own chamber alongside the depower main line for added protection and a streamlined interface. With the all new internal IDS security system, Cabrinha makes good on its promise that performance and security are no longer mutually exclusive. The all new internal Intelligent Depower System (IDS) puts the industry leading 4 line security right at your fingertips when you need it and out of your way when you dont. Cabrinha have internalized the landing line to protect it from the elements and to simplify the control system. The new IDS landing line is virtually invisible while riding but right there when you need it.
The all new OverSlide stopper unit is a sliding system that allows the rider to temporarily let go of the control system to unspin the twists in their control lines. It also serves as a means to contain the bungeed power adjusters. OverSlide is designed to slide out of the way when forcefully pushed with the control system. OverSlide can be positioned anywhere on the main depower line and the rider can choose their desired sliding tension. The all new OverSlide IDS now gives you the freedom to spin your bar when and where you want along the depower main line. You can choose the release tension and position Overslide where you want.
The Powerdrive IDS control system now implements their new forged alloy section with an expanded entry and exit opening for the depower line. This feature increases the ease of bar movement over the depower line even at extreme angles.
The Powerdrive IDS is the only bar on the market with soft EVA multifunction ends. The EVA ends create a seamless transition from the center of the grip all the way to the ergonomic, protective ends. This provides added comfort when doing aggressive turns at the ends of the bar. The ergonomic geometry of the bar ends also serve as line winders to adequately manage your line set.
The soft EVA ends have also allowed Cabrinha to lower the pivot point of the steering lines right down to the bar. This reduces the turning impulse required to steer your kite.
The EVA bar ends have sufficient buoyancy to float the control bar and lines, allowing Cabrinha to eliminate the cumbersome external floats for an even more streamline, uncluttered look and feel.
The new Powerdrive IDS control system is completely void of any pulleys. The IDS equipped kites all work on a direct 1:1 method of control. This produces virtually no bar pressure, and leaves the bar free of added lines and pulleys.
Industry leading Quick Release. Safety is an integral part of the Cabrinha design culture. This is why they have used the same quick release method for three years running. Their quick release has very little moving parts and is not susceptible to salt or sand. Cabrinha do not make their Quick Release perform any other function than to Quickly Release. It is easy to activate with a right or left hand, whether the kite has power or not. Its simple. Time tested. Proven.
If at anytime during the Absolute Depower process (after the main QR has been activated) you need to completely separate yourself from your kite, you can pull the secondary QR where the landing line attaches to the harness loops.
The same patented technology that provides the 2010 Switchblade's IDS high performance, is also the core technology responsible for it's high level of security. security, performance, and handling are no longer mutually exclusive.
The Cabrinha Intelligent Depower System (IDS) provides an amazing level of control with minimum rider effort and input. IDS is a simplified bridle and control system exclusive to Cabrinha. IDS produces virtually no bar pressure while delivering precise control of the steering and power of your kite.
IDS is so intuitive that it seamlessly provides 2 stages of depower. Interactive Depower on Demand while riding, and an Absolute Depower method to land your kite. Absolute Depower functions similar to a 5th line system, but without the complexity of the unnecessary 5th line. Cabrinha's IDS equipped kites use only 4 lines for a simple, uncluttered method of control and security. Additionally, the IDS bridle maintains all of the instant relaunch functionality the Cabrinha kites are famous for.
The Cabrinha Switchblade 2010 IDS wraps all of these features into one kite to deliver:
Absolute and total control of the power of your kite.
The widest wind range of any kite on the market.
More power per square meter than a classic arc kite.
Incredible hang time.
The highest level of security.
A relaunch feature that does not require a 5th line or any wing tip tension fittings.
The Switchblade 2010 IDS is essentially a flatter 4 line inflatable kite which has incredible efficiency and depower capabilities. The flat arc of the kite, also known as Pro Span Extreme, produces more raw power than a classic arc kite of the same size. The flatter arc and unique leading edge bridle are the elements responsible for the Switchblade's incredible depowering capabilities. The Cabrinha 2010 Switchblade IDS, together with the new IDS control system provides a level of security that can only be described as revolutionary.
Kitesurfing has finally arrived to the 21st century and the 2010 Switchblade IDS is here to announce its arrival.
Pro Span Extreme
The implementation of Pro Span Extreme into the Switchblade 2010 IDS has provided Cabrinha with huge gains in the power equation. The flatter arc of the kite now means that the majority of the kites surface area is working for you in a lifting capacity. Unlike a classic arc which only uses approximately 50 percent of its arc for lifting, the Switchblades main lifting area is expanded to an incredible 80 percent of the kites surface area. This means that the smaller, lighter, Switchblade kites deliver the same power as a larger classic arc kite.
Usable Wind Range
Raw power is useless if there is no way to control it. This is where the Switchblade 2010 IDS shines. The Switchblade 2010 IDS has approximately 30 percent more power range than any classic arc kite. This means that a 12 meter kite, for example, can be powered to the equivalent of a 14 meter by sheeting the control bar towards the rider. At the same time it can be depowered down to the equivalent of a 8 metre just by pushing the bar towards the kite. When the control bar is pushed into Override Mode the kite achieves total depower.
Switchblade Bridle System
The Switchblade's unique patented bridle delivers on two important fronts: Stability and Trim. The obvious benefit to the performance of the kite is the way that the bridle fully supports the leading edge of the kite under the constantly changing loads of pressure. This increased stability allows the kite to react to the riders input from the bar without the deformation that can occur with a traditional kite. The other revolutionary feature of the bridle is its ability to drastically change the angle of attack of the kite while keeping equal pressure on all load points. This in turn creates an unprecedented range of power and trim including total depower.
The Switchblade 2010 IDS bridle serves two functions. The most obvious function is the way that it fully supports the flat arc of the kite (also known as Pro Span Extreme). This helps to keep the kite flying rock solid even when riding through choppy water in gusty wind. The second function of the bridle is to allow the kites angle of attack (AOA) to radically change. This is the main feature responsible for the Switchblade's incredible range and depowering capabilities.
The bridle even allows for the AOA to reach a zero point where the kite stops pulling altogether. The interesting thing about this bridle is the way that it places equal tension on each attachment point even while depowering. Jelly fishing is not possible with the Switchblade IDS.
The Switchblade 2010 IDS has a built-in relaunch function. When the kite is leading edge down on the water or snow, just pull on either the left or right leader line to choose which direction you would like to launch the kite. The wingtip will rise out of the water. You can then choose to hot launch the kite from the bottom of the window or you can put the kite in a side launch position at the edge of the window for a slower relaunch.