At A Glance
Cabrinha have a whole new range of foils and wing setups for 2020; it’s an impressive line up that features not only kite specific wings but crossover and surf wings too. Featuring an aluminium mast and baseplate, the fuselage is also aluminium, and the wings feature a new construction too.
The front wing has a Paulownia wood core with volcanic triple-layer basalt fibre construction. The focus here is on durability. The rear wing uses a forged composite construction and again is very durable. The idea is they should survive any dings and knocks with rocks if you are surfing with the wings.
All the hardware is titanium coated and comes supplied with grease to avoid any corrosion, and the whole setup goes together really well, it’s a very polished product. The Hi:Rise Carve is a modern design looking to maximise lift and make foiling easy. The profile is incredibly thick, and the deep chord should get foiling at really low speeds.
Aimed at the first time foilers and riders looking for a good freeride foil with a focus on carving and waves rather than speed; if this sounds like you, read on!
On The Water
Houston we have lift off, LOTS OF IT! The amount of life the Hi:Rise Carve creates is quite astounding. It took a few goes to get used to it as it’s got so much lifting power; this thing could get Jabba the Hutt flying on a no wind day! Once you are up, there is a good amount of stability, although it is easy to initiate direction changes and carve the foil around.
The stall speed is incredible, you can almost be stationary and just put a couple of pumps in to get it going again. This makes it great in lighter winds and also works well with smaller kites, which is lots of fun. On the wave, it offers control and confidence as the speeds stay manageable. You can easily crank it up to the mid-twenties when you put your head down and power up the kite, and it’s still stable at those speeds too.
Once you’ve got used to the lifting power, it’s a really fun and engaging wing to fly; we thoroughly enjoyed it. Stable, powerful, with a really low stall speed it’s incredibly forgiving and will suit the entry-level rider as well as an intermediate rider looking to ride smaller kites and have a wing for the waves.
This review was in Issue 78 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Cabrinha
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!