2018 Cabrinha XO Switchblade Kiteboarding Kite

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2018 Cabrinha XO Switchblade Kiteboarding Kite

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

Current discount and availability

Size Retail MSRP Current Sale Discount
11m $1579 $899 45% off
Designed to be the "jack of all trades", the 2018 Cabrinha Switchblade continues it's legacy of being one of the world's most popular kites. Brought back to the lineup for 2018, the XO Switchblade is the same as the regular switchblade, with a bit more of a feminine approach on the graphic. Unlike other all-around freeride kites, the Switchblade often surpasses the capabilities of style-specific kites - freestyle, surf, wakestyle, etc. The Switchblade is capable of helping a total beginner get their first rides in, stable enough to jump off a massive tower, or even winning the Red Bull King of the Air (via Nick Jacobsen).
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. 

What Cabrinha has to say about the 2018 XO Switchblade

For a female rider who wants unrivaled predictability, unmatched versatility and uncompromising high end performance and quality. Whether you're boosting big air, throwing down technical tricks, or simply out for a fun session on your own terms, the Switchblade provides the ultimate kiting experience.

Features and Benefits

  • Profile refinements improve the overall performance for 2018
  • New High Tenacity Dacron enhances the arc stability
  • Ultimate performance in the widest range of conditions and variety of riding styles
  • Smooth power delivery
  • Ridiculously high hang times
  • Predictable handling with improved stability and range
  • Large sweet spot
  • Great upwind performance
  • Distinctly agile and light precision steering
  • Easy relaunch

Design Profile - 5 Strut, Bow / Hybrid design, Fusion wing tip shape, 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
6 M 18 - 35 20 - 40
7 M 15 - 32 17 - 36
8 M 14 - 29 16 - 33
9 M 12 - 26 13 - 30
10 M 10 - 23 11 - 26
11 M 9 - 20 10 - 23
12 M 7 - 17 8 - 19

*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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1 Review

  • 5
    Wife's 2018 Switchblade 9m

    Posted by John B. on 4th Jul 2018

    Awesome kite, tidy bar/lines...great boost. I'm glad she got it so I can borrow! You guys at MAC Kite are always great to work with for gear. Many thanks!

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