​Cabrinha Moto Review

​Cabrinha Moto Review

The Cabrinha Moto is coming back for the second generation. If you are not familiar, it is Cabrinha's 3 strut do-it-all kiteboarding kite. Fast, light, and playful is the best way to describe it. The Moto is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. It's fun for freeriding, good for hydrofoiling, and useful in the waves.

At a Glance

The Moto has light bar pressure and a light feel in the sky. Some riders love light bar pressure, but the drawback is that sometimes it is difficult to feel where the kite is in the sky. The Moto is aimed at beginner to advanced kitesurfers, but in my experience it is preferred by advanced riders. This is because the Moto doesn't quite have the wind range of the Cabrinha Switchblade. It likes to be powered, but not too powered. You will trade off some range and stability for light bar pressure for speed.

An All-Around Kite

The Moto sits in between all of Cabrinha's kites in their range, but I find that its greatest strength is the hydrofoiling category. The snappy speed and soft surf traits make for a great foiling experience. For freeriders and hooked-in freestylers, the same traits apply: snappy loops and maneuverability when sending the kite for a jump. The Moto doesn't have a lot of loft, but it makes up for that in the loops. If you want a lofty kite, check out the Switchblade.

Waves and Foil

For the waves, the Moto works as well. Obviously, it doesn't perform as well as the Drifter, but that's a given. The Cabrinha Drifter is the last of the true wave kites, meaning most others have changed their wave kite into a do-it-all kite like the Moto. If waves or foil is 100% of your kiting, the Drifter is going to be a killer choice. If you want to blend some freeride traits, go for the Moto. Granted, the Drifter is a fun choice for that as well.

In Summary

The Moto is a popular choice for experienced old school riders, hooked-in freeride and freestylers, and a good foil or surf kite. It's not my personal favorite, as Cabrinha has some of my favorite kites in their range like the Drifter for foil and surf or the FX for loops and freestyle. In spite of that, many riders don't like using specialized gear, so the Moto is a good fit for that rider. Albeit, even "specialized great" now is somewhat all-around, meaning you get high performance in one category and slightly less performance in the rest.

Ryan (Rygo) Goloversic

Many people dream of quitting their job, traveling the world and pursuing their passions. Rygo is one of those people who pulled the trigger. A few years into his career, he decided to change everything and travel as a kiteboarder, freelance videographer & writer. His mission is to share the stoke & help people put the boarding into their kiteboarding. Get outside and kite!


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31st Mar 2021 Rygo

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