Location: Harbour Island, Bahamas
Wind: 25-35mph (NE)
Board: 2013 Cabrinha X-Caliber 136cm
I recently had the opportunity to do some kiteboarding off of Harbour Island, in the Bahamas. The 9m Switchblade became my go-to kite as a tropical storm blew through for a few days. I’ve been always setting up the bridles on the steering lines on the second knot up. But, after reviewing the Cabrinha Kite Tuning Tech Tip, I thought the 3rd knot up sounded more like the traditional feel of the Switchblade. You can review this Tech Tip HERE:
As I had imagined, the tighter rear lines on the steering bridle made for a bit more responsiveness and heavier bar pressure. 3rd knot for big boosts too! If unhooking, the 2nd knot might be best suited for ultimate predictability and perfect balance, but for the traditional “bow-kite” feel, bump up to the 3rd knot.
I really liked how much faster the new 2013 Switchblade turns, which had always been the limiting factor on the design in the years past. For ultimate versatility, range, and user friendliness look no further then the 2013 Cabrinha Switchblade!