Your search is over. Unhooked or hooked the Cabo will help you charge every wave. The mid-aspect, tri-strut layout helps reduce weight and allows the Cabo to sit further back in the window with impeccable downwind drift - no matter how hard the wind is blowing. The short, reactive micro bridle works in harmony with the tri-strut layout to maximize turning speed and feedback. An Open-C platform provides great stability with minimum bar pressure so you can commit 100% on any wave that you ride into.
Because big waves demand respect, we built the Cabo with our new Double Core RS canopy material, Canopy Framing Technology and 3D Kevlar Airframe construction. The Cabo is built Surf Tough to survive any wave that you can ride. 100% wave focused the Cabo will always let you find the perfect position on every wave for expressing your unique style. Itsso good to ride that were sure it will be your first choice kite even when there are no waves to ride.
Sizes: 5m, 6m, 7m, 9m, 11m
The evolution of the Kahoona cult continues - I wanted to make the Kahoona more fun to ride and keep the low end power and ease of use.
CABO DESIGNER INTERVIEW WITH PETER STIEWE
Q. Where did the idea to make a new wave kite come from?
A. It came from our customers, from our wave team riders and from my heart. I live for the waves and have been searching for an excuse to design a pure wave kite. Now that wave riding is becoming increasingly popular, and now that we have a world class wave team to help test it, the Cabo finally became a reality. It also helps that Jordi has been constantly nagging me to build it for the past two seasons.
Q. Where did the R&D take place?
A. Most of the R&D took place in South Africa and Portugal. Prototypes also traveled with members of the wave team as they followed the KSP Wave Tour last season. The final adjustments were made to the Cabo just before the first KSP event this season with Pedro, Nuno and Kristin all giving feedback on the final versions.
Q. Where did the name come from?
A. The name came from where the R&D team were based during the development of the kite; Cape Town in South Africa or here in Portugal. The last testing day before the graphics were completed we tested in the surf at Cabo De Roca, just up the coast from our base in Guincho - the name just stuck. Cape, Cabo its the same word.
Q. What makes it a complete wave kite?
A. Design focus and intent. Once you commit to build a kite to perform in the waves to the exclusion of other riding styles you are free to target the important areas of performance. You can concentrate on stability, making sure the kite hangs in the air as you ride towards it on slack lines. You can concentrate on turning speed, making sure it turns in quickly but doesnt develop too much power through the turn, so your bottom turns will be flawless. You can do all this and not have to worry about jumping ability or anything else that simply doesnt add to the surfing experience. The fact that the Cabo is such an easy kite to fly and so stable makes it a solid freeride kite for wave less days, its an unexpected bonus.
Q. The Kahoona and TS kites have great reputations in the surf, how does the Cabo differ?
A. If you took the wave riding performance of the Kahoona and TS kites and improved their turning speed, unhooked feel, stability and downwind drift you would have a kite similar to the performance and feel of the Cabo. That kite wouldnt look like the Kahoona or TS anymore though; youd have to change nearly every aspect of the design to achieve those goals. Thats what the Cabo is, a pure wave kite designed without compromise so you can charge every wave.
Q. Why is the Cabo a tri-strut kite?
A. A lower aspect ratio kite can work with fewer struts. This makes the kite lighter, reduces drag and helps to deliver maximum unhooked stability. A tri-strut kite can also be made to turn faster. Add this stability, fast turning and low weight together and you get exceptional downwind drift characteristics. This is the key to being able to position yourself anywhere on a wave with the Cabo. So you can ride the wave and not the kite.
Q. What else is new on the Cabo?
A. The Cabo is the first kite to use our new Double Core RS (Ripstop) canopy fabric. Its a lightweight, high strength Ripstop with a double-stop woven into the warp and weft. If you are serious about riding big waves you have to expect to take some serious hits - Double Core RS is designed to help you ride away from the biggest wipe outs.
Q. Can you sum up the Cabo for us?
A. What can I add? Purity and addiction that is what waves do to you. That is where the Cabo takes you. Its a wave kite that drifts gracefully downwind in side off and reacts directly to input in side on conditions. Take your quiver of Cabo kites with you and explore the world.