At A Glance
The Double Agent is a crossover board from Cabrinha, aimed at the rider wanting a hydrofoil board capable of that little bit extra. Anyone who has been kiting for over 15 years will remember the buzz of riding a skimboard back in the day and the Double Agent presents plenty of opportunities for fun.
The board features a fairly flat rocker with plenty of nose kick and a tapered swallow tail with full deck grip. It’s built to be tough and can be set up in a myriad of configurations. There are options for double in-line straps or a Y strap formation. You can add a quad fin set up for playing in the surf and of course, there are the holes for mounting a hydrofoil.
Construction-wise the emphasis is on stiffness, this is to make it work as a foil board. It certainly feels tough and like it will last a few seasons at the beach.
On The Water
Stiff was the first comment made when we rode this board. Often hydrofoil boards in this construction end up flexing, and you lose that connection with the foil below. Not so with the Double Agent, the board felt responsive and worked well with the hydrofoils we tried it on.
Cabrinha opted for 4 bolt holes on the Double Agent, and that works just fine, saves on weight and no doubt makes it a better crossover board in the waves. However, with some of the larger Cabrinha foils the ability to move the mast back on the board would be good. You can compensate by standing further forwards on the board of course, but with such a range of foils now on the market the track system, will always have an advantage.
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If you plan on using this board with more standard-sized kite foils, then you won’t have this issue at all. The Double Agent should prove a fun board to ride in the waves, especially in light winds and small waves where the stiff nature and flatter rocker will help you get going early. At this stage aren’t able to give a first-hand report, however, as we only rode it as a hydrofoil setup on this occasion. Sadly time and testing conditions were against us (as can be the nature with kitesurfing!).
Well built, well thought out and with a multitude of options in terms of setup: fins, no fins, foil, straps, no straps, Y straps. There should be a setup to suit any rider here. All we need next is a double-track system to create perhaps the most versatile board out there.
This review was in Issue 78 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Cabrinha
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By Rou ChaterRou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!