2018 Cabrinha Contra Kiteboarding Kite

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  • 2018 Cabrinha Contra Kiteboarding Kite
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2018 Cabrinha Contra Kiteboarding Kite

Features | Technology | Wind Range | Performance Profile | Bar Options

Current discount and availability

Size Retail MSRP Current Sale Discount
19m $1909 $1199 38% off

Not enough wind? Not a problem for the 2018 Cabrinha Contra. The Contra has been a shop favorite for years due to it's ease of use, stability, and pure light-wind power. It's three-strut hybrid design allows the kite to stay aloft in the lightest winds, as well as turn as fast as a large kite possibly can. In low-wind conditions, the best kites are those that keep you riding and having fun - the Contra an easy park and ride powerband, allowing you to choose whatever board in your quiver you want and go have the most possible fun!

The entire lineup of 2018 Cabrinha kites has been updated with High Tenacity Dacron, a canopy material specifically designed with inflated kite structures in mind. Slight modifications of each canopy design have been made to accommodate this new high-performance material, selected for many reasons. It has a tendency to return to it's original shape much faster than other dacron, making for a much "snappier" feel when turning the kite. Additionally, it shows much greater resistance to wear over time. 

2018 Cabrinha Contra Overview w/ Nathan

A few years ago Cabrinha decided to expand it into smaller sizes. Despite this, the Contra is still available all the way up to 19m. The Contra is known as an extremely lightwind kite, or a lightwind kite that can be used by someone a little heavier. Read Nathan's overview, here...

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What Cabrinha has to say about the 2018 Contra

The Contra is a three strut light wind kite, designed to optimize low-end power while retaining the finesse that keeps this kite fun to fly. The high aspect ratio maximizes power production and makes generating power and speed a snap. Our trademark depower-on-demand makes managing this power effortless, allowing it to execute sharp and precise turns. Tuned to deliver the type of performance that will widen the scope of what you can do in light winds, the Contra has the power to get you up and riding when the winds are barely showing signs on the water. For 2018 we added pure profile panels to and brought the struts closer to the center to increase canopy support.

Features and Benefits

  • New high Tenacity Dacron enhances the arc stability
  • Perfect lightwind extension to your current quiver
  • Easy park and ride power
  • Featherweight control
  • Works well with any board in your quiver
  • Easy relaunch

Design Profile - 3 Strut, hybrid design, sleek wing tips, draft forward profile


High Tenacity Dacron

Our all new Dacron is specifically designed for inflated kite structures. The construction of this material is very warp oriented using ultra high tenacity yarns with an increased thread count to combat elongation in the warp direction under high inflation pressures. Lower elongation makes for a more accurate kite with less deformation while in flight.

Pure Profile Panels

The strategically placed panels provide ultimate control over the aerodynamic profiles in the kite. Smooth and stable profile entry. Improved overall kite efficiency, performance, and range. Faster flying through the sky giving you a broader range of performance. 

Skeletal Frame

Provides the structure that keeps the kite design true to its intended shape while in flight. The stable frame drives the kite through turbulence with a minimal amount of deformation and has excellent overall de-power. The inflated leading edge introduces the laminar flow of air across the kite's Pure Profile Panels, for a quick recovery if stalled and prevents the kite folding on itself. The inflatable structure reduces the amount of bridling required for stability. It also provides safety by providing some flotation in the water and enables an easy re-launch.

Volae Materials

Our exclusive line of high-quality woven fabric has been designed specifically for kitesurfing. The Volae materials are made with accuracy and consistency, and are guaranteed for every kite we make. Our 2DR Double Ripstop material is designed to provide a lightweight, yet durable, canopy with extremely low stretch properties.  This translates into a kite with the ability to lock in its intended shape, while remaining ultra-reactive to rider input.

Aspect Ratio

A long, narrow wing generally has a high aspect ratio, where as a short, stubby wing has a low aspect ratio. A high aspect ratio designs makes the kite fly forward and point upwind incredibly well, The lower the aspect ratio design is more responsive and provides a consistent and stable pull.

1X Security

Upon activation of 1X's single line flagging system the power of a kite is immediately killed and it will rest motionless on the water or land.

Sprint System W/ Airlock

The Sprint inflation systems is the most efficient and easy way to get your kite inflated and deflated quickly. The enlarged Airlock valve quickly feeds air into all of the struts from a single location. The Airlock connection to the Sprint pump requires no special adapters. Once inflated, you can lock off each strut independently to keep your kite's rigid frame, and isolate any accidental strut deflation from the rest of the kite. when the session is over, the entire kite will deflate in seconds thanks to the Airlock valves's large dump feature.

Dynamic Arc

Dynamic arc allows the kites to have two distinct arc shapes. The arc of the kite takes on one shape while flying and another shape while in resting mode on the water.  While resting on the water the arc opens up slightly to facilitate an easier relaunch. 

Power Control

Every Cabrinha kite comes with a simple, user adjustable way to choose the power level of the kite.  Each rear line "pig tail" connector has three power positions you can connect to.  The middle position is the factory recommended position.  However, the user can choose to create more power by connecting the knot closest to the kite or less power by connecting to the knot closest to the the rider.

Pro Span

Improves the relationship between the actual canopy area and the "usable" canopy area. A majority of the kite's surface area is working for you in a lifting capacity which also improves speed and upwind performance. The key element is not the flat canopy area and aspect ratio of the design, but the in-flight projected area and projected aspect ratio. Once it takes shape in-flight the power comes from the efficiency, and the efficiency comes from reducing the induced drag of the overall wing by having more usable area focused in the projected power producing section of the wing.

Wind Range*

Size Knots MPH
13 M 8 - 20  9 - 23
15 M 7 - 18  8 - 20 
17 M 6 - 15  7 - 17 
19 M 6 - 13  7 - 15 

*For riders around 175 lbs (79 kg). These are guidelines only. Please consult us via Live Chat or over the phone at 800-622-4655 for sizing questions.

Cabrinha Performance Profile*

Big Air                    
Turning Speed                    
Hang Time                    
Low-end Power                    
Upwind Ability                    
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

*Copyright of Cabrinha

2018 Cabrinha Control Bar Options

1xtrimlitequickloop-94899.1501550276.1280.1280-1.jpg2018 Cabrinha 1X Fixed Length TrimLite Control Bar

The returning Cabrinha 1X with TrimLite Control System sets the standard for simplicity and safety. The lightweight design and fixed length design of the bar allows the rider to keep things simple, while still featuring the exceptional safety system of the Overdrive bars, the QuickLoop.

44cm x 22m - Kite sizes 4 - 11 meters

52cm x 22m - Kite sizes 6 - 15 meters

60cm x 22m - Kite sizes 12 - 18 meters

2018 Cabrinha Overdrive 1X Adj Trimlite Control Barodtrimlitequickloop-48300.1501553600.1280.1280.jpg

Back for it's third season, the 2018 Cabrinha Overdrive 1X bar is available with TrimLite depower adjustment, keeping things simple. Featuring a standard cleat and line design, the TrimLite makes adjustment easy and precise. The 2018 model also features a new center fitting with a larger opening and higher degree of turning and a new EVA grip pattern with Finger Bumps.

48-56cm x 22m - Kite sizes 4-18 meters


odrecoilquickloop-63904.1501553592.1280.1280.jpg2018 Cabrinha Overdrive 1X Adj Recoil Control Bar

The Recoil depower setup keeps your trim adjustment quick and easy to access, allowing you to be constantly in control of your power. The 2018 model also features a new center fitting with a larger opening and higher degree of turning and a new EVA grip pattern with Finger Bumps.

48-56cm x 22m - Kite sizes 4-18 meters

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