KITE USER MANUAL

KITE USER MANUAL
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THESE WARNINGS, CAUTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS AND SHOULD NOT USE THIS PRODUCT
UNLESS YOU ARE UNDER THE PROPER GUIDANCE AND SUPERVISION OF SUCH A PERSON.
The use of this product exposes the user to many unavoidable and unexpected risks, injury, dangers and hazards. The suppliers of this product are not responsible for any damage to property
or any personal injury caused by any use, misuse, abuse or irresponsible use of this product by
the user.
Kiteboarding is a hazardous sport. Power kites and their lines and control equipment can be
dangerous to flyers and to anyone in the vicinity of their use. Kiteboarding must be taken seriously and we recommend that, at least in the early stages of your use, you seek the guidance
of professional instructors and experienced kiteboarders. Improper and/or unreasonable use of
this kite may result in death or serious injury to any part of your body and to others. Do not use
your kite near power lines, airports, buildings, automobiles, trees, streets, etc. and keep your kite
fly lines away from people and all obstacles. Always fly in an open area and observe wind and
weather conditions, particularly in circumstances where you may encounter offshore, onshore
winds or strong winds. Do not attempt to use your kite on water until you are confident and comfortable with the use of a trainer kite on land. Spend time to become familiar with the operation
of your kite and remember that you are responsible for its operation and for the security of those
around you. As you learn the sport, work within your own limitations and do not exceed them. If
you intend to use the kite on water, always use appropriate protective gears and flotation devices
and do not attach yourself or tie yourself permanently to the kite lines. The kite is not intended
for use as a flying device nor indeed is it intended as a means of flotation.
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RECOMMENDED
KITEBOARDING PRACTICE:
Kiteboarding is an extremely diverse sport, with
many disciplines and ability levels. As with all
sports, there can be certain inherent risks. The following contains key security points to remember
when operating your Cabrinha kite.
• Kiteboarding is a HAZARDOUS activity and the use of Kiteboarding equipment involves the risk of serious personal
injury to any part of the user’s body or death.
• Injuries are an INHERENT RISK of kiteboarding and the participation in kiteboarding implies the user’s acceptance and assumption of those risks.
• Children should always be under adult supervision.
• It is strongly recommended that beginners take lessons.
• ALWAYS inspect your equipment for signs of wear and tear
each time before use, particularly all lines, canopy, bladders,
screws and fittings.
• IF any products are found to show signs of wear & tear these
should be repaired or replaced immediately and before further
use. If in doubt about any signs of wear & tear, please contact
your local vendor. Contact details are available from www.
cabrinhakites.com
• NEVER place yourself in a situation where breakage of any
one of the various kiteboarding components would pose a risk
to yourself or others, or make it difficult to return to the shore
securely & unassisted.
• Make sure you use properly designed and manufactured
parts from reputable suppliers.
• Take time to study the conditions including sea state, tides,
currents, weather conditions and forecasts before you decide
to go sailing. Beware of sailing in offshore, onshore or strong
winds.
• Familiarize yourself with any new location before venturing
onto the water. Ask the locals to tell you about any hazards.
• Watch out for other beach users, especially swimmers and
small children. Make sure you keep your board and rig under
control at all times and that they don’t get blown about on the
beach or in the water.
• Always use appropriate protective gear and flotation devices.
Wear the correct protective clothing for the conditions such as
a wetsuit or a UV top. It is recommended to wear a helmet.
• Make sure someone knows where you’ve gone & when you
are expected back – always sail with a buddy.
• Be aware of the conditions as they change. Always return to
the beach if there is a significant change in the conditions.
i.e. wind dropping or wind & waves increasing.
• As you learn the sport, work within your own limitations and
do not exceed them.
• Do not alter, modify or change this product.
• This product is designed and manufactured only for kiteboarding on water or snow.
• Keep these warnings, cautions and instructions for future
reference.
• The following contains key security points to remember when
operating your Cabrinha kite, and associated kiteboarding
equipment on water, land or snow
Snow Use
General Guidelines
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The points listed under the Recommended Kiteboarding Prac
tice also apply to the use of this product on the snow. Please
read the previous paragraphs even if you intend to use this
product primarily on the snow.
These kites are intended for use on the snow as a traction device to propel a rider across wide open snow fields in a
controlled and appropriate manner.
Do not attempt to use this kite as a flying device. Do not use
this kite to soar from ridges, cliffs or slopes.
Do not attempt to launch yourself into the air in any manner
which can create excessive impact to the rider upon landing.
Extreme caution must be taken when using this kite in any
mountainous region, uneven terrain or glacier. Wind condi
tions in these areas are notoriously unstable and can change
in velocity and direction without notice.
Never use this product in the vicinity of powerlines, liftlines,
trees, or other obstacles.. Contact with these obstacles can
cause severe injury or death.
Do not tether yourself to any stationary or moving object such
as a stake, snowmobile, or car while flying this kite.
Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other
people or objects
SNOWKITE: People downwind or down slope have right of
way. It is your responsibility to avoid them
SNOWBOARD: People down slope have right of way. It is
your responsibility to avoid them
You must not stop where you obstruct others or are not visible.
Whenever starting or merging with others look upwind/up hill
and yield to others.
Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
Observe any and all posted signs and warnings
Keep out of closed areas
SNOWBOARD: Prior to using any lift you must have the
knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
• Do not snowboard/snowkite when tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Snow terrain and snowboarding/snowkiting conditions vary
constantly--watch out for and avoid any man made structures, trees, rocks, debris, variations in terrain or slopes,
avalanche areas, crevasse, cliffs, power lines, water hazards,
changes in snow surfaces or texture due to altitude and sun
exposure, wind and weather changes, and any other conditions which could affect your ability to properly control your
snowboard/snowkite.
USER MANUAL
INDEX
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Introduction
Important Information
Wind, Water, & Weather Conditions / Wind Range Chart
Know Your Ability Level / Kiteboarding Location
Kite Care
Beach Etiquette
Area of Operation
Kite Positions, Zone & Power
KITE OVERVIEW & CONTROL SYSTEM
10 CROSSBOW IDS™ Overview
SETUP
12 Sprint™ Inflation System
13 Inflating the Kite
15 Pause
HOW TO:
16 Tuning
17 Repairs - Tears / Struts Bladders
19 Repairs - Leading Edge Bladders
21 Glossary
I NTR O D U CTI O N
THANK YOU
for purchasing a Cabrinha kite and welcome to the sport of kiteboarding.
As you may know, the excitement of Kiteboarding is attracting people of all ages from all corners of the globe. It’s one of the most
dynamic and fastest growing sports in the world.
CAUTION:
Kiteboarding can be overwhelming if not approached in an educated manner. That’s why we have supplied this extensive user’s manual. It will help
to educate you about your new kite and about the ways in which to use it. It contains information regarding the setup, care and maintenance of your kite. For information about operation of the kite including how to control its power you must refer to
the manual supplied with your Cabrinha control system. Please note that only IDS™
equipped, Crossbow compatible control systems will provide all of the security and
performance functions associated with this bow kite. Consult www.cabrinhakites.com
for a list of compatible control systems for use with this kite.
Please read this user’s manual carefully and entirely before using this kite. This manual is not intended to replace proper kiteboarding instruction, but rather to supplement it. Do not attempt to kiteboard without appropriate instruction. It will make this sport more
enjoyable, not only for yourself, but for those around you.
I M P O RTA NT I N F O R M ATI O N
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Kiteboarding is a hazardous sport, with many disciplines and ability levels. As with all sports, there are inherent risks of injury. The
following contains key points to remember when operating your Cabrinha kite.
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Be familiar with the set up and use of the supplied security systems: IDS™ and the Harness Loop Quick Release systems.
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Make sure your control system is rigged and used according to the supplied instructions.
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Make sure your kite is compatible with the control system.
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Always use your Cabrinha kite with a bypass leash.
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NEVER permanently attach yourself to this kite, the control bar, or lines.
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NEVER use this kite as a flying device.
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NEVER touch the kite lines while they are under tension; do not catch the kite using these lines.
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When inflated but not in use, secure your kite with sand or with something heavy and non-abrasive; the more weight the
better (see “Kite Care” for more information). An inflatable power kite will still fly, even without a rider, so be mindful of
those around you and secure your kite. Your kite may cause serious injury or death if it launches unexpectedly.
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Do not lend your gear to someone who has not been fully instructed on the use of inflatable kites. Other users should also
read this user’s manual and be proficient in all its points.
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Check your gear before going on the water. Insure that your flying lines, security systems, kite, board, etc. are all rigged
properly and are in working order.
PROTECTIVE GEAR
We strongly recommend the use of the following protective gear:
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Helmet
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Life Jacket, Impact Vest, or Flotation Vest
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Neoprene Wet Suit
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Gloves
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Foot Protection
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Eye Protection
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Knife
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Sunscreen
I M P O RTA NT I N F O R M ATI O N
WIND, WATER, AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
• Do not underestimate the power of the wind.
• Be aware of unpredictable and changing weather conditions.
• Avoid “offshore” or “onshore” wind conditions.
• Avoid strong, gusty wind.
• Be careful of wave conditions, especially when learning.
• Be educated about tides and rip currents.
• Be mindful of your ability level. Do not kiteboard if conditions are beyond your ability level.
• Be educated about air and water temperatures and wear appropriate protection against the elements.
• Do not use this product in thunderstorms.
• Consult an anemometer to determine wind speeds if necessary.
• Do not use an oversized kite. Consult your Wind Range Chart for the correct recommended size. Use your common
sense. If in doubt about what kite size to use, choose smaller rather than bigger.
• Make certain that you are physically capable of operating the security Quick Release (QR) and IDS™ devices provided
with this kite. This kite and control system has been designed around a typical rider weight of 75kg. Riders with a weight greater than 75kg may need to use more force to operate the QR than lighter riders. Increases in
wind strength may also result in greater force being required to operate the QR. Be certain to seek the advice of a professional such as your Authorized Cabrinha Dealer about the performance of the security systems in relation to body weight.
WIND RANGE CHART
This wind range chart is only to be used as a point of reference. It is based upon a rider who is approximately 170 lbs. (75 kg).
Actual use may vary based on your body weight, ability level, water conditions, board size, and riding style. When choosing a kite
size, please use your personal experience, common sense, and always check what other riders are using on the water for a size
reference. Lighter riders should use a smaller kite and heavier riders may need a size larger. Be certain to seek the advice of a
professional such as an instructor or Authorized Cabrinha Dealer before making your decision.
Best suited for
Usable
Not recommended
I M P O RTA NT I N F O R M ATI O N
KNOW YOUR ABILITY LEVEL
KITEBOARDING LOCATION
• Do not attempt kiteboarding without appropriate instruction.
• Do not kite alone.
• Launch, land, and ride together with a partner or have someone on shore who can keep an eye on you.
• Make sure you are in good physical condition before using
this product.
• Practice flying a small, traction kite or a “trainer kite” before
flying this kite.
• The more time spent on the “trainer kite”, the faster you will
learn.
• Make sure you are a proficient swimmer before using this
product in or near the water.
• Make sure the wind and water conditions are within your
ability level and that you have made the correct equipment
choices.
• Never kiteboard further from shore than you are reasonably
able to swim back.
• Always save a reserve of energy; end your kiteboarding session before you are exhausted.
• Make sure you’ve done your homework and that you know
the security precautions of all aspects of the sport: rigging,
Launching, landing, flying, riding, kiting among other water
users, self rescuing, etc.
• Understand and practie operating your security systems before ever launching your kite.
• Understand the technique of self-rescue before using this
product in or near the water.
• Never let someone who is not familiar with inflatable kites
launch, catch, or use your kite. You will endanger them, as
well as yourself and those around you.
• You are responsible for the proper operation of your kite.
• Observe local laws and regulations regarding this product
and the usage area.
• Talk to the local riders about the weather conditions and
beach rules.
• Check your area thoroughly before launching your kite.
• Make sure you have considerable space in which to launch,
land, and use this product.
• You should have at least 100 meters of space from all
objects on both sides and downwind of you. Be especially
aware of your downwind area.
• Be mindful and aware of the wind direction in relation to
your launch area.
• Avoid areas with rocks and/or shallow or exposed reefs.
• Be mindful of tide changes. As water levels change, you
may be exposed to new obstructions.
• Avoid launching, landing or using this product near power
lines, telephone poles, trees, people, pets, buildings, automobiles, streets, sharp objects and airports.
• Avoid crowded beaches and waterways.
• Make sure your lines do not cross a walkway or passage.
• Do not let others walk between you and your kite.
• Be careful and mindful of other water users, including
windsurfers, boaters, jet skiers, swimmers, floating objects,
etc.
• Before launching, make sure you have scouted a backup
landing area, in case you do not make it back to your
launch spot.
I M P O RTA NT I N F O R M ATI O N
KITE CARE
Due to the often extreme nature of kiteboarding, a thorough approach should be taken when caring for your kite and all its associated rigging, as well as your protective gear.
PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION
• Thoroughly check your protective equipment (helmet, etc.) to make sure it is in working order and in good condition.
• A frequent inspection of the kite and the control system should be made in order to identify punctures, tears, or abrasions
in the canopy, struts, or security systems. It is also necessary to check the fly lines for wear and for unwanted knots, which
may reduce the strength of the fly lines. Check bridle lines and pulley’s for wear.
• Do not rig on asphalt, cement, gravel, or other abrasive surfaces; doing so may damage your equipment. It is best to rig on
sand or grass. Damage done to your equipment by rigging on abrasive surfaces will not be covered under warranty.
• Do not rig among sharp objects that could tear the canopy or puncture the struts and leading edge bladder.
• Take care not to expose your flying lines to sharp objects that may wear through them.
• While setting up, secure your kite with sand or sand bags. Do not secure your kite with rocks or other sharp or abrasive
objects that may damage your kite.
BETWEEN SESSIONS
• Never leave an inflated kite unattended on the beach for a long period of time. Winds may shift or change and the kite may
become unsecured and fly off.
• Do not leave an inflated kite (secured or not), directly exposed to the wind for any length of time. This allows the trailing edge
to flutter excessively, which can damage the kite or tangle the bridles/control lines. If you must leave the kite exposed to the
wind on the beach, place sufficient amounts of sand between each strut and near the trailing edge to minimize or stop the
fluttering
• Do not leave your kite exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. Between sessions, choose a shaded area to secure your
kite. When not in use, stow away.
PROPER STORAGE
• It is recommended to wash your kite with fresh water and dry thoroughly before rolling and storing.
• Do not roll up kite when wet.
• Clear the kite of sand or other foreign objects before stowing.
• Once it is clean and dry, stow your kite in the supplied bag in a clean, dry, cool place.
• Do not place heavy objects on the bag containing the kite.
• Do not leave your kite inflated in your car or car rack box; exposing the kite to extreme temperatures while inflated may
damage the internal bladders.
• Wash your control system with fresh water from time to time by placing the entire control system (with lines wound onto the
bar) into a bucket of fresh water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Allow to dry thoroughly before storing in a dry location.
• Once it is clean and dry, stow your control bar in the supplied bag in a clean, dry, cool place.
I M P O RTA NT I N F O R M ATI O N
BEACH ETIQUETTE
Here are some basic things to consider when sharing beaches and water accesses with other users:
SAFETY
• Follow the instructions outlined in this manual.
• Follow the instructions and rules and regulations posted at the beaches you use.
• Check with local kiteboarding associations and shops prior to launching in a new area. There may be local rules and regulations to follow which are not posted.
• Utilize common sense.
• Do not touch other people’s gear, unless instructed to do so by the owner. Picking up their bars, kites, etc. may disrupt a
setup ritual they have.
• Always secure your kite with sand or sand bags. An unmanned kite is dangerous.
• Never leave an inflated kite unattended. Winds may shift and cause the kite to become unsecured and fly off.
SETTING UP
• Set up only the gear that you plan on using immediately. Deflate and put away your kites when not in use.
• Set up in an area where you have plenty of space.
• Set up in a manner conducive to having multiple users in the area.
• Roll up your lines when not in use.
• Always keep other beach and water access users in mind when launching, landing, and kiteboarding.
• Yield to other beach users. Be courteous and cooperative.
• Always be ready to lend assistance to other kiteboarders. The favor may be returned sooner than you think.
I M P O RTA NT I N F O R M ATI O N
AREA OF OPERATION
This is the 100 meters of area with no obstacles to each side and downwind of the rider. Do not launch your kite if you do not
have this distance between yourself and other people, or obstructions.
Planning Your Launch
• Choose an area where you have at least 100 meters of space from all obstacles to your left and right and especially
downwind of you.
• Set up your equipment so that your kite is downwind of where you will be launching, but most importantly, so that it is at
an angle off of the wind.
• DO NOT SET UP YOUR KITE FOR A STRAIGHT DOWNWIND LAUNCH! The kite will launch with too much power and you
will endanger the lives of yourself and those around you if you launch in this manner.
• Basically, if the wind is at your back, and straight downwind is at a 180°, then you will want to set your kite at about a
100° off the wind, either to the left
or to the right of you.
•The more the kite is positioned into
the wind when you launch, the less
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I M P O RTA NT I N F O R M ATI O N
Kite Positions, Zone & Power
It is important to understand kiteboarding’s basic zones of power before you launch a kite. MANY OF THE ACCIDENTS THAT HAPPEN IN KITEBOARDING happen on land, and many also happen when kiteboarders put their kites in what is called neutral position.
Unfortunately, people often think that the kite is stable in neutral position. However, wind fluctuates-it gusts and lulls-and in neutral
position, something known as lofting can occur when wind fluctuates. When a kite luffs (or receives less wind in its foil), the kite
will move slightly away from the pilot. When a gust hits, the kite receives a surge of power, and often that surge of power is too
much for a kiteboarder standing with the kite high overhead. As a result, the kiteboarder may be lofted (lifted) into the air. Lofting
can be serious, but you may reduce the chances of lofting by understanding the power zones, and by avoiding putting your kite
in the neutral position while on land.
Neutral Position - This is the position just above the pilot’s head in the sky. If the pilot levels out the bar, the kite will gravitate
to the neutral position. However, it is difficult and dangerous to keep the kite in this position. Although in this position the kite
may feel steady and may feel like it has the least amount of power or pull, it is also the position in which on land the pilot is
most susceptible to lofting. On the water, the neutral position can be utilized to rest while you reel in your board, but on land, we
strongly suggest you do not utilize the neutral position. After launching, it is best to make your way to the water without delay.
Do NOT linger on land with the kite in neutral position. It is VERY dangerous.
Lofting – Lofting occurs when the kite is above the riders head in the neutral position. Instability in the wind can cause sudden
vertical force and lift a rider off of their feet.
Neutral Zone - This is the area that includes the neutral position and the area to the left and right of the pilot. It encompasses
the most upwind or windward positions in which to fly the kite. When flown here, the kite has less power or pull than when it
is in the power zone. However, use caution when the kite is in this zone, especially when on land, and especially in gusty wind
conditions.
Power Zone - This is the area in front and to the sides of the pilot, but excluding the neutral position and zones. It is the area
in which the kite has the most power and pull. When flown in this area, the kite can be powerful and dangerous, so avoid flying
your kite in this zone when learning. Use extreme caution when flying the kite in this zone.
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OVERVIEW - CROSSBOW IDS™
1) Kite Body
2) Bridle
3) Steering (rear) Lines
4) Front (center) Lines
5) Pulleys
6) Leading Edge
7) Airlock™ High Volume Valve
8) Sprint™ Valves
9) Sprint™ Air Distribution Tubes
10) Sprint™ Air Clips
11) Front line attachment point
12) Rear line attachment point
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SPRINT™ INFLATION SYSTEM
The SPRINT™ inflation system is a simple to use feature to quickly inflate your kite to an even pressure. The SPRINT™ system
uses a single inflation point to connect your high volume, two way Cabrinha pump. As you pump your kite with air, all struts
and your leading edge inflate quickly and simultaneously to the desired pressure. The supplied leash pump and threaded valve
connection keeps your kite under control even when pumping up directly in the wind.
Once the kite is pumped you can choose to clip off the air to the struts. This way if you damage a strut while in use, the rest of
the kite will maintain its pressure. At the end of the session you can choose to deflate your kite completely by disengaging the
strut clips.
You can also keep your struts inflated and put your kite away rolled up so that the next session will take just minutes to set up.
SINGLE INFLATION VALVE FILLS THE ENTIRE KITE WITH AIR
AIRLOCK™
INFLATION/DEFLATION VALVE
THE UPPER SECTION IS
THE INFLATION CAP
THE LOWER SECTION IS
THE RELEASE VALVE
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INFLATION BASICS
See the section on Kite Care before inflating your kite.
• Unroll your kite with the struts facing up.
• Make sure your back is to the wind and that the leading edge of the kite is closest to your body. Secure the kite with sand
to keep it from flapping in the wind.
• Use the supplied pump leash to connect the pump to the kite. This will free your hands to pump the kite.
• Open the inflation cap by turning it counter-clockwise. (FIG. 1)
• Make sure that the release valve is seated firmly by turning clockwise. Do not over tighten the release valve when the kite is
not inflated. Doing so may twist and damage the bladder. The valve base is held in place by a Velcro disc
• Attach the pump using the supplied Cabrinha adapter (or use a standard nozzle). To attach the adapter, remove the adapter
from the end of the pump hose. Thread the adapter on to the upper section of the Airlock™. Reattach the hose and pump
the kite. (FIG. 2)
• Open all of the Air Clips to allow air to flow from the LE into the struts. (FIG. 3)
• When inflating, hold the pump with both hands and provide even pressure to the handle. This will help maintain the life of
the Pump.
• Confirm that the corners of each strut under the leading edge are able to fully inflate. Lightly push air around in the bladders
until the corners are free and correctly lined up.
• It is common that the LE will inflate before the struts. If a strut is not inflating, make sure that the air clip is open and the
air tube is not pinched or damaged.
• When the kite is fully inflated, remove pump hose and screw the inflation cap back on. Lightly turn/tighten until inflation cap
is firmly secured.
• Tighten the lower release valve.
• Do not under-inflate or over-inflate the kite. Proper inflation will make it difficult but not impossible to bend the ends of the
kite in. If it is very easy to bend the wing tips in, the leading edge is under-inflated. Your kite should be firm enough that
while on its back, the wing tips should extend into the air and the kite should retain its bowed shape. (FIG. A) If the leading
edge is under-inflated, it may cause poor performance and re-launching problems. All kites have been tested using 450mB
pressure. NOTE: The pumps are rated to 1bar of pressure, however due to wear and tear; pumps can fail at a much lower
pressure. • It is recommended that you isolate the air in your struts. After the kite is inflated, close the clips on the air distribution
tubes.
• Once the kite is properly inflated, turn the kite over and secure with sand. (see SETUP TIPS ON SECURING YOUR KITE)
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TIPS FOR SECURING YOUR KITE
• Never leave an inflated kite unattended on the beach for a long period of
time. Winds may shift or change and the kite may become unsecured
and fly off.
• Always secure your kite with sand, using more weight than you think you
need. An unmanned kite is dangerous.
• Never secure your kite with rocks or sharp objects (including your
board); they will compromise the life of the kite. If you do not have a
sandy beach launch, consider sand bags.
• Do not leave an inflated kite (secured or not), directly exposed to the
wind for any length of time. This allows the trailing edge to flutter excessively, which can damage the kite or tangle the control lines. If you
must leave the kite exposed to the wind on the beach, place sufficient
amounts of sand between each strut and near the trailing edge to minimize
or stop the fluttering. Also, if possible, leave the kite in a shaded area.
• Keep in mind other beach users and make sure your kite and lines will not
be a danger to others.
• Wind your lines onto the bar when you are not kiting. This will keep the
beach free of lines and will prevent other beach users from becoming
tangled in your equipment.
TO DEFLATE
UNSCREW
RELEASE
VALVE.
DEFLATING THE KITE
The kite may be deflated completely or partially for your convenience. To deflate only
the Leading Edge, you must be sure that all the SPRINT™ air clips are pinched
closed, thereby isolating each individual strut. Next, unscrew the release valve and not
the inflation cap. The release valve is the lower portion of the AIRLOCK. (FIG. A) After
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deflating, roll up each end of the kite starting at a wingtip and moving towards the
center. Clear the valve of any sand or debris; then seal the valve before stowing kite to
prevent debris from getting inside internal bladder. To deflate the entire kite, unclip the
air clips at each strut. Then unscrew the release valve. This will allow all the air to flow
through the leading edge and out of the airlock. Important: CAUTION
When closing valve on deflated kite, hold bladder in place to prevent twisting
the bladder. Do not over tighten valve when kite is deflated. You may tighten it further when kite is partially inflated again.
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PAUSE!
FOR SETUP OF YOUR CABRINHA CONTROL SYSTEM, REFER TO YOUR SUPPLIED CONTROL SYSTEM MANUAL.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE AS TO WHICH CONTROL SYSTEMS
ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THIS KITE, PLEASE REFER TO
THE KITE/CONTROL SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY CHART
AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.CABRINHAKITES.COM.
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TU N I N G
TUNING
The Crossbow IDS offers 2 settings for bar pressure and turning impulse. This is dependent on the attachment position of the rear
line bridle.
FRONT Position
Moving the rear bridle to the Front setting increases the bar pressure and turning impulse. It will also shorten the reach required
to depower the kite .
BACK Position
Moving the rear bridle to the Back setting
will decrease the bar pressure and turning
impulse. It will lengthen the reach required
to depower the kite.
When moving the rear bridle from the the
front or back setting, you must move both
attachment points in unison.
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R E PA I R S
Major Tears
For a major tear in the kite fabric, consult your dealer for a reputable kite repair loft. To find a Cabrinha dealer in your area,
please go to: http://www.cabrinhakites.com/where_to_buy/dealer.html
Minor Tears
For a minor tear in the kite fabric, you may repair the tear with kite repair tape. Your kite has been supplied with an adhesive
kite repair material.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Clean and dry your kite.
Lay the kite flat on a clean, dry, smooth surface.
Cut two pieces of repair tape the same size, making sure they are each big enough to cover the entire tear.
Carefully cover one side of the tear with a piece of the repair tape. Gently rub the tape smoothly onto the surface of the kite.
Next, cover the opposite side of the tear with the second piece of repair tape, in the same manner as before.
Make sure the tape is secure.
REPAIRING STRUT BLADDERS
Key Points to Remember
• Before attempting to repair one of your kite bladders, make sure your
kite is clean and dry. Always keep your kite pump, valves and bladders free of sand, water and other things that will dirty them.
• Make sure the bladders are deflated.
• Avoid repairing your kite on the beach or in dirty, dusty, windy, or
abrasive areas. It is best to find a clean, dry spot out of the wind. A
grassy spot is ideal.
• You will need a set of flying lines and a bladder repair kit (supplied
with kite) before you begin to repair the bladder.
• Keep track of all valve parts for later use.
1. First, lay the kite out flat with the struts facing up.
2. Detach the Velcro closure at the end of the damaged strut. This will
open up the sleeve of the strut and will allow you access to the
internal bladder. (Fig. 1)
3. Next, separate the Sprint™ inflation tube from the LE Sprint™ valve
at the affected strut by removing the tubing lock collar (LE valve)
(Fig. 3). 4. Slide the air clip off of the tube (Fig. 4). 5. Remove the screws (2) from the base of the strut valve (Fig. 5). Keep
track of the valve parts for later use.
6. Tie one flying line around the valve. Cinch it down well on the valve.
7. Gently insert the valve/tube down into the strut sleeve.
8. Go to the base of the sleeve and gently pull the bladder out of the
sleeve. Detach the flying line and leave it in the sleeve. Having the
flying line through the sleeve will allow you to easily replace the bladder once it is repaired.
SEE NEXT PAGE FOR FIG. 4-7
FIG. 1
FIG. 2
FIG. 3
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9. Slide the air clip back onto the inflation tube. Inflate the bladder
and clamp the tubing so that it maintains air. Do not over inflate the
bladder.
10 Submerge the bladder in water to locate the hole. A bathtub or large
sink full of water is best.
11. Look for bubbles to locate the hole.
12. Once you have located the leak, dry the area and mark the hole with
a circle. A permanent marker works best for this. (FIG. 6)
13. Dry and clean the rest of the bladder with a soft towel.
14. Again, deflate the bladder.
15. Decide whether to use the glue or a patch supplied in your bladder
repair kit.
16. If the hole is on a seam, you will need to glue the area.
17. If the hole is on a flat area of the bladder, remove the backing on one
of the patches and press it onto the bladder, covering the hole.
18. Set the bladder aside for approximately 20 minutes to dry.
19. Again, inflate the bladder and check to make sure it is now holding
air.
20. If you have repaired the holes in the bladder, coat the entire bladder
in talcum powder to assist insertion back into the sleeve. (OPTIONAL)
21. Deflate once again.
22. Tie the flying line from the end of the strut opening onto the valve.
23. Lay the bladder flat at the end of the strut, so that you may now feed
it back into the sleeve.
24. Gently feed the valve, followed by the rest of the bladder, into the
sleeve.
25. From the valve opening of the sleeve, you will pull the flying line out
of the sleeve, while pulling the bladder back into place.
26. Once the bladder is replaced, pull the valve back into the hole of the
sleeve and remove the flying line from its base. FIG. 7
27. Inflate the strut partially to make sure the bladder fits into all four
corners of the sleeve.
28. Attach the Air Distribution tube and clip connected to the LE.
FIG. 4
FIG. 5
FIG. 6
FIG. 7
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REPAIRING LEADING EDGE BLADDERS
1. First, lay the kite out with the struts facing up.
2. Each end of the Leading Edge (LE) bladder is folded over and secured with a Velcro
closure. You will also find a zipper access pocket at the center of the LE. Undo each
Velcro closure and unzip the center access pocket. This will open up the sleeve of the
strut and will allow you access to the bladder. (Fig. 1,2)
3. Separate the Airlock Valve Assembly from the leading edge. Carefully lift the retainer
ring from the bladder. Using the small pull tab on the Velcro ring, carefully peel the
Airlock base off of the inside of the LE. Keep track of the assembly for later use. (Fig.
3,4,5)
4. Next, disassemble the Sprint™ valves. Remove the tubing lock collars of the strut valves
(Fig. 6). 5. Slide the air clips off of each tube. (Fig. 7). 6. Remove the screws (2) from the base of each LE valve. (Fig. 8). 7. Keep track of the valve parts for later use.
8. For the next step, you will need two flying lines. Starting with one end of the leading
edge, tie one line around the wing tip end of the bladder. Cinch the line down well.
Using the second line, follow the same procedure with the other end of the leading edge
bladder.
9. Next, gently push the valves down into the strut sleeve.
10. Now, access the leading edge bladder through the zippered access pocket near the
leading edge valve. (Fig. 2)
11. Gently pull one side of the bladder out of the sleeve at a time, leaving the flying line
through both sides of the sleeve. Having the flying line through the sleeve will allow you
to easily replace the bladder once it is repaired.
12. Once out of the sleeve, attach the air clips. Inflate the bladder and close all clips and
the airlock valve so that it maintains air. Do not over inflate the bladder.
13. Submerge the bladder in water to locate the hole. A bathtub or large sink full of water is
best. You will need to submerge one section of the bladder at a time in order to locate
the hole. Look for air bubbles to locate the hole.
14. Once you have located the leak, dry the area and mark the hole with a circle. A permanent marker works best for this. (Fig. 9)
15. Dry and clean the rest of the bladder with a soft towel.
16. Again, deflate the bladder.
17. Decide whether to use the glue or a patch supplied in your bladder repair kit.
18. If the hole is on a seam, you will need to glue the area.
19. If the hole is on a flat area of the bladder, remove the backing on one of the patches
and press it onto the bladder, covering the hole.
FIG. 1
FIG. 2
FIG. 3
FIG. 4
FIG. 5
FIG. 6
FIG. 7
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FIG. 8
FIG. 9
FIG. 10
FIG. 11
FIG. 12
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20. Set the bladder aside for approximately 20 minutes to dry.
21. Again, inflate the bladder and check to make sure it is now holding air.
22. Deflate once again.
23. Tie each flying line to the corresponding ends of the bladder.
24. Lay the bladder flat near the center access pocket and fold it, accordion
style, so that you may feed each end back into the sleeve without twisting
the bladder.
25. Starting with one end, feed the bladder into the access pocket.
26. Walk to one end of the leading edge and gently pull on the flying line,
while holding the end of the sleeve. Slowly feed the bladder back into this
side of the sleeve. (Fig. 10)
27. Next, follow the same instructions with the other side of the bladder, until
the valves are near the holes and the bladder is fully inserted.
28. Tuck the ends of the bladder into the corresponding tips.
29. Once the bladder is replaced, pull the valves back into the holes of the
sleeve. (Fig. 11)
30. Next, place the Sprint™ valves back into position. (Fig. 12)
31. Making sure not to catch the internal bladder in the zipper, close the
center LE zipper pocket. Next, fold over wingtip access pockets and secure
the Velcro strips.
32. Re-attach the Airlock Valve Assembly.
33. Partially inflate the Leading Edge to make sure the bladder fits into all four
corners of the sleeve.
34.Reassemble the Sprint™ valves and connect the air distribution tubes to
each strut.
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FREQUENTLY USED KITEBOARDING & WIND
TERMINOLOGY
A
Absolute Depower Absolute Depower is a built in function of IDS which allows
the rider to self land a kite on the water or land.
AIR DISTRIBUTION TUBES
Tubes that connect the LE bladder to the strut bladders.
AIRLOCK - a 2 part valve that allows a single point for inflation and deflation of the kite.
AIR CLIPS
Clips that prevent air transfer between the LE and the struts.
B
BAR (unit) – A unit of pressure
• 1 bar = 14 PSI
• 1 mbar = 0.015 PSI
PSI – A unit of pressure. Pounds per square inch
• 1 PSI = 68.9mbar
BEAUFORT SCALE
A system for estimating wind strength based on the effects
wind has on the physical environment (e.g. the behavior of
waves, smoke, etc.). Instruments are not used to determine
wind strengths in this point scale (O = calm to 12 = hurricane).
BODY DRAGGING
This is an instructional tactic / step in which the rider flies
the kite while in the water, but without the board. The rider
will launch, then walk to the water, and basically drag in the
water while practicing flying, re-launching and self-rescue
techniques.
BLADDER
The inner inflatable tube found within the leading edge and
the struts of the kite. (Imagine a bike-it has both a tire on the
outside and an inner tube which holds air).
BRIDLES
The lines that hang from the wing tips and leading edge of
the kite. The flying lines will be attached from the control bar
to these bridle lines in order to connect control bar to kite.
Tow Points – The attachment points for the bridle.
BYPASS™ LEASH SYSTEM
An optional security leash feature that is recommended for
first time users and kiteboarding schools, and for riders who
kiteboard without being hooked into the harness loop.
C
CENTERLINE ADJUSTMENT STRAP (CAS)Used to depower the kite by changing the relationship
between the front and back line lengths. It is also used to
position the bar closer to the rider.
CONTROL BAR
The steering device the rider uses to steer the kite.
D
DE-POWER LINES
The two center flying lines that attach to the leading edge
bridles on the kite-one to the left wing tip, the other to the
right wing tip. These lines assist in de-powering the kite.
DOWNWIND
The direction in which the wind is traveling.
F
FLYING LINES
A term used to describe all four of the lines included with
your kite package. These lines connect the bridle lines on the
kite to the leader lines on the control bar and are typically
20-30 meters in length.
G
GUSTY WIND
Wind is inconsistent and varies considerably from one wind
strength to another.
GYBING
The motion in which the rider changes the direction of the
board he/she is riding. The rider switches from a starboard
tack to a port tack or vice versa.
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H
HARNESS
A piece of equipment used to temporarily attach the rider to
the control bar harness line. This enables the rider to save
energy by utilizing their body weight and all of their muscles
to hang on to the kite. Most common are the waist harness
(attaches around the torso) and the seat harness (attaches to
the waist and around the legs).
I
IDS
IDS is a simplified bridle and control system that seamlessly
provides 2 stages of depower. LEADING EDGE (LE)
The front inflated tube of your kite.
LEEWARD
The downwind side of the kiteboarder.
LOFTING
Lofting occurs when the kite is above the riders head in the
neutral position. Instability in the wind can cause sudden vertical force and lift a rider off of their feet.
LUFF
A term used to describe what happens to the kite in a lull.
INFLATABLE KITE
A kite with inflatable tubes designed to float the kite and to
facilitate water re-launchability.
LULL
A term used to describe wind when it lessens in strength,
for any amount of time. A term also used to describe the
complete de-powering of a kite.
K
M
KITEBOARDING
The term used to describe the sport of power kiting on water
or snow.
MPH
Miles Per Hour. A measure of speed.
1 mph = 1.6 kilometers per hour.
Kitesurfing
Another term used to describe the sport of power kiting on
water.
KNOTS
A measure of speed based on nautical miles.
1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour.
1 knot = 1.15 miles per hour.
1 knot = 1.85 kilometers per hour.
L
LANDING
The action which places the kite on the water or on land.
LAUNCHING
The motion in which the rider steers the kite from their
partner’s hands into the sky.
LEADER LINES
The lines that attach directly to the control bar. You will attach these
lines to the flying lines in order to connect them to your bar.
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N
NEUTRAL POSITION
This is the position just above the rider’s head in the sky. If the
rider levels out the bar, the kite will gravitate to the neutral position.
However, it is difficult and dangerous to keep the kite in this position. Although in this position the kite may feel steady and may feel
like it has the least amount of power or pull, it is also the position
in which on land the rider is most susceptible to lofting. On the
water, the neutral position can be utilized to rest while you reel in
your board, but on land, we strongly suggest you do not utilize the
neutral position. After launching, it is best to make your way to the
water without delay. Do NOT linger on land with the kite in neutral
position. It is VERY dangerous.
NEUTRAL ZONE
This is the area that includes the neutral position and the area to
the left and right of the rider. It encompasses the most upwind
or windward positions in which to fly the kite. When flown here,
the kite has less power or pull than when it is in the power zone.
However, use caution when the kite is in this zone, especially when
on land, and especially in gusty wind conditions.
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O
R
OFFSHORE
Wind is blowing from the shore directly or to a great extent
out to the water. Do not operate your kite in or near water in
this wind direction.
REACH
A direction of travel relative to the wind direction. Generally
90-160 degrees off the wind.
ONSHORE
Wind is blowing directly or to a great extent directly from the
water toward the land. Do not operate your kite in or near
water in this wind direction.
OVER-POWERED
A situation in which the rider has a kite too powerful for
his/her ability level, weight, strength, and/or wind conditions.
P
PLANING
The point in time in which the rider gets the board skimming
on the water.
POWER ZONE
This is the area in front and to the sides of the rider, but
excluding the neutral position and zones. It is the area in
which the kite has the most power and pull. When flown in
this area, the kite can be powerful and dangerous, so avoid
flying your kite in this zone when learning. Use extreme
caution when flying the kite in this zone.
PUMP – Device used to inflate the kite. Q
Q
QRS-QUICK RELEASE SECURITY SYSTEM
A quick release point on the control system which, when
activated, detaches the control system from the harness loop.
Also referred to as the Main QR.
QR2
A secondary quick release on the harness loop, which, when
activated, separates the landing line from the harness loop.
Thus separating the kite from the rider.
RE-LAUNCHING
The motion in which the rider steers the kite off of the water
and back into the sky.
S
SELF LAUNCHING
A technique in which the rider launches the kite without assistance, usually by weighting down a wing tip with sand until
he/she is ready to launch.
SIDE OFFSHORE
Wind is blowing from either the left or the right and from the
shore out to the water. This is a combination of offshore and
sideshore wind. Do not operate your kite in or near water in
this wind direction.
SIDESHORE
Wind is blowing from the left or from the right, parallel to the
shore. Ideal wind direction for kiteboarding.
SIDE ONSHORE
Wind is blowing from either the left or the right and from the
water toward the land. This is a combination of onshore and
sideshore wind. Utilize caution when operating your kite in or
near water in this wind direction.
SPRINT™
Single Point Rapid Inflation Technology.
STEERING LINES
The two outside flying lines that attach to the trailing edge
bridles on the kite-one to the left wing tip and the other to
the right wing tip.
STRUTS
The outer fabric tubes found on your kite. They house the
inner inflatable bladders, which are filled with air to give
structure to the kite.
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T
TRAINER KITE
A kite that may be used on land to simulate the motions used
in kiteboarding. It is an excellent instructional and learning
tool. Despite its small size, this kite still has power, so be
alert.
U
UNDER-POWERED
A situation in which the rider has a kite not powerful enough
for his/her weight, strength, and/or wind conditions.
UPWIND
The direction from which the wind is blowing.
W
WATER STARTING
The motion of the rider in which he/she goes from sitting or
lying in the water to standing on the board.
WINDWARD
The upwind side of the kiteboarder.
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