CABRINHA Hi:Rise Varial Medium
Sizes Available: Chord: 228mm, Projected area: 132,988.2 mm², Wingspan: 782.5mm, Mast: 65cm
Sizes Tested: Chord: 228mm, Projected area: 132,988.2 mm², Wingspan: 782.5mm, Mast: 65cm
The new HI:RISE VARIAL wing is specifically designed for any rider looking for a diverse wing set that can take you from your first steps to next level freeride and waves.
The Varial foil wings are the most progressive we’ve ever made. These lean foils are universally adaptable to surfing, wake surfing, kitesurfing, and SUP. The possibilities are infinite, the performance is ultimate. The Varial’s moderate aspect ratio outline and winglets combine with a faster leaner profile for an efficient blend of lift and drive. Each pump of the wing generates incredible forward momentum. Throw the board into a banking turn and the wing will redirect like it’s connected to rails. The winglets provide an added level of stability to the wing and reduces induced drag thereby increasing aerodynamic efficiency, especially when riding through turbulent waters. The rear wing can be adjusted forward or aft to increase the ability to “carve” or facilitate a more ‘locked-in’ ride. These light weight wings are constructed with a Pauwlonia wood core and durable Basalt fibers. The wingset mounts to our all new 75cm (29.5 inch) wide nosed fuselage. The wider nose of the fuselage facilitates a significantly more stable connection to the wing.
The wing set and fuselage are compatible with the Cabrinha foil eco system. Choose the mast length that suits your style and performance needs. Board match: AutoPilot, X-Breed Foil, Double Agent.
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The Medium sized wing in the Cabrinha lineup was a quiet contestant in our freeride test that quickly earned a coveted place in our foilboarding hearts. The Hi:Rise Varial Medium uses three hex Allen screws to mount the front wing and two of the same size screws to mount the rear stabilizer. Because the front wing has a different thickness, there is a visual indicator next to each hole to show you the screw length that goes with that mounting point (very convenient). The fuselage has three mounting forward/aft positions for the rear stabilizer to adjust stability and reactivity. The mast base plate is machined out for lighter weight and comes with a 65cm mast that features good stiffness and strength. The Varial with its wood core laminated wings, aluminum fuselage and mast, comes in a nice medium weight that doesn’t get in the way of performance.
The Hi:Rise Varial Medium ended up being one of our top picks for every activity, from kitefoiling and wingsurfing to quick impromptu prone foilsurfing sessions on the reef out in front of our testing base. The Hi:Rise Varial Medium offers the perfect blend of low foil-up speed, good drive from pumping, and nimble but predictable carving that encouraged aggressive and smooth riding on all platforms. The Varial Medium has a really smooth foil-up transition. With some lower-aspect foils, you can sometimes feel turbulence or a momentary high-lift/stall before the foil kicks into its comfortable flowing lift range. From the moment this wing starts to move, the Varial Medium begins to create lift that feels gradual, predictable and smooth. This kind of foil-up speed is ideal for a beginner as it’s gradual and intuitive feel at a reasonable speed keeps crashes more casual and less like an explosive yard-sale. While the Medium is not a super low-aspect SUP/prone surfing wing, it does offer the perfect amount of low-end foil speed that allows you to slow down, stall and carve up waves at whatever speed is needed without dropping off the lower end of its lift range. In terms of handling, all the axes’ were perfectly balanced in terms of pitch, yaw and roll that made for predictable and easy control of the wing without any thought. The turning feels stable and inspires confidence, but not being so stable that it feels sticky or prevents aggressive carving. There are other foils that were a little bit more skatey and tweaky, but the Hi:Rise Varial Medium’s handling seemed to promote smooth surfy-feeling lines with tight snaps in the pocket and if that’s not good enough, you can shorten up the stabilizer to front wing spread, making the yaw and pitch axes inputs a bit more reactive for more aggressive riding. The efficiency of this wing and it’s forward drive during pumping is a standout feature that makes it easier to shut off the kite, or flag out your inflatible wing and focus on riding the wave at hand. The 65cm mast felt sufficient for kitefoiling, but every once in while during wingsurfing bigger swells in the channel and carving hard in sloppy reef breaks, we had to think about keeping the foil buried in the water — we did notice that the Varial Medium’s wing seemed really resilient against accidental cavitation. Some wings completely lose lift the second they touch air, but when this design accidentally aired out of the water, we experienced some turbulence but were able to regain lift fairly easily without the catastrophic crashes you experience with a large number of foils. The Medium doesn’t have a high top-speed; it’s swift enough to get you back to the top of the reef in quick time, but the speed freaks should look elsewhere to the smaller Varial wing and leave the Medium to the surf-minded foil freaks. Overall, the Hi Rise: Varial Medium represents a standout achievement in the Cabrinha legacy of foil products and deserves a hard look from beginner kite foilers as well as those looking for a single foil that will capably offer surprisingly fun performance for carve-oriented kitefoiling, wingsurfing and prone foilsurfing.
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