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CABRINHA Contra
Sizes Available: 13, 15, 17m
Sizes Tested: 13m

Cabrinha Says:

The Contra performance light wind kite is specially designed to maximize the kite’s power production in light winds. The Contra is designed to be a light wind extension to any kite in our range. The Contra delivers distinctly sharp and precise turning that makes generating power and speed a snap, while maintaining the agility of a smaller kite. It’s this type of performance that has widened the scope of what is possible in light winds. Whether you are riding freestyle, wakestyle, surf or just burning around, the Contra has the muscle to get you up and riding when the winds are barely showing signs on the water.

Visit for more info: https://www.cabrinhakites.com/kite/contra.html

Our Testers Say:

“Super powerful kite that rides very smooth even when way overpowered and jumped well with great hangtime,” Marko Bartscherer.

“Good kite for wakestyle tricks in light wind with solid low end, but requires well timed load and pop for big air but goes upwind and turns like a big kite,” Dray Murray.

“Immediately felt the power, great for a 13m but not my favorite bar,” Pat O’Connor.

Meet the 2015 TKB Test Team.

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TKB Says:

The 13m Contra is a new addition to Cabrinha’s light wind line with a 3-strut medium aspect platform that features a noticeably larger diameter leading edge. The Contra features easy inflation with a large diameter bayonette valve that connects to the standard inflation hose without the use of a nozzle, a single setting fixed medium length front bridle and two steering settings on the wingtips. Testers commented on the Contra’s low end grunt, smooth progressive sheeting and power delivery with above average bar pressure that one would expect with a larger kite. The heavier testers really enjoyed this kite for its pull and boosting capabilities while smaller testers commented on its limited depower and the extra finesse it took to get upwind on the high-end.

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The Contra comes with the 1X fixed length bar (45 and 55cm) which features the new push away quick release that is much simpler and easier to operate than previous years, and incorporates a streamlined single center-line safety system, low V, and a fixed length durable plastic depower/throw line which combines above the bar tuning with longer travel throw while keeping controls well within the rider’s reach by using extension handles. The plastic depower/throw line doesn’t include an adjustable stopper but the spring loaded controls act to keep the bar within reach when let go. The plastic push away quick release can be cocked off to the side for easy reassembly and incorporates a below the bar hand swivel that doubles as a travel guard. Testers liked the medium density and medium diameter of the bar’s grip, and recommended taking time to familiarize one’s self with the color coding of the tuning controls.

Visit for more info on the bar: https://www.cabrinhakites.com/controlsystems/quickloop-1x.html