Sizes Available: 4m
Sizes Tested: 4m

Cabrinha Says:

Designed for riders looking for an efficient power source to use with many types of watercraft, the all-new Crosswing is the simplest form of wind driven power you can hold in your own two hands. The Crosswing is a compact, fully controllable inflatable wing with an incredibly wide range of use on water or land.

Its simplicity is unmatched. The Crosswing is free of control lines, there is no mast, no separate boom or a control bar. Everything you need to fly the wing is contained in its fully integrated form. Once you inflate the wing (in 20 seconds or less), it is ready to fly.

The Crosswing is instantly compatible with many boards currently in use, from foil boards to SUPs to snowboards or skateboards, making it the perfect tool to fly yourself across any body of water or land.

Visit for more info: www.cabrinha.com/products/crosswing

TKB Says:

Cabrinha entered the wingsurfing market in the sport’s first year with the Crosswing product that covers the wingsurfing segment with a single 4m sized wing that does it all. The Crosswing features a smaller diameter straighter boom with a small luff strut that gives the wing a fairly flat canopy that doesn’t have a ton of camber. The Crosswing features Cabinrha’s large diameter bayonet-style inflation valve that requires no nozzle on the end of your standard pump hose while keeping the hose locked to the wing for a quick and easy pump up. The leading edge diameter is middle of the road (you can find much bulkier leading edges elsewhere). The Crosswing offers a handle on the leading edge for beach handling and hover mode while the boom features four handles, two for the front hand and two for the back hand. The Crosswing features a safety leash that uses urethane surfboard leash material with a coil to keep the slack taut and an open-ended Velcro wrist leash.

The Crosswing offers a streamlined wing that keeps the weight down by using 100% ripstop canopy without a window, offering fewer handles and keeping the construction solid yet light with an eye on performance. The leading edge feels extra efficient with its smaller-sized diameter tubes but also encourages us to use high inflation pressure to ensure the wing’s rigidity on its upwind legs. The Crosswing seems to keep the canopy camber fairly flat over the boom with deeper sections in the canopy as you approach the wingtips during load. We noticed that this flatter camber tended to give us higher upwind angles with the flatness allowing us to increase our edging angle closer to the wind without the wing stalling. The Crosswing’s camber also gives you a little bit more of an on/off power feel that requires a bit more attention for tuning/sheeting. It’s as if with that increased upwind range you get a narrower power band as you sheet the wing in and out.

This wing feels like it has an extra compact wing layout that tended to keep the wingtip away from the water, which can be very helpful when learning. The more time you spend dragging wingtips translates to less time riding. The Crosswing feels really active on its yaw axis which means its canopy is extremely responsive to directional steering. This tends to make controlling the wing a bit more active and easier with faster responses to less input, but it also requires more attention to steering the wing at all times.

The handles on the boom were appropriately placed; we most often used the forward of the two front handles with the forward of the back handle. On longer tacks, you can move your back hand farther back to widen your arm spread, straighten your elbow and reduce overall fatigue. The handle is made out of webbing and EVA which is a bit wider, but also softer so that it conforms to the grip of your hands. The handle loops are fairly large and offer a lot of movement, which is good such that you can make fine adjustments in your hand position but inputs may not feel quite as direct as with more rigid and smaller handles.

When it comes to riding swells and putting the wing in hover mode, the Crosswing has a very neutral buoyancy feel and overall light weight that makes the wing easy to maneuver when the real focus is catching that next piece of swell. The leash does a good job of staying out of the way with the coil system that gives you a ton of slack only when you need it, but the coil is also a bit bulky as you move up the food chain and become more advanced with your hand movements and riding.

Overall, the Crosswing in its first year is an excellent version 1.0 of wingsurfing that prioritizes comfort and ease of use. The Crosswing gets strong marks for its higher angle of attack that leads to better upwind ability and its lighter weight build that chooses a great mix of basic features and delivers higher-end wingsurfing performance.


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