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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

Postby FLandOBX » Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:18 pm

RickI wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:51 pm
I picked up the 19 m Contra as my lower end go to kite for this year. I have been happy with the range and performance. I weigh 84 kg (185 lbs.) and use a variety of board lengths depending on just how light the winds are. You should be happy with the 19 m, I am. It feels/flys like a smaller kite with good turning speed and reasonable bar pressure. I used a 17 m Apollo as my largest, low end kite last year.
Hope I won't be hijacking this thread too much by asking RickI how the Contra 19 m compares with the Apollo 17 m (16??) as a dedicated light wind kite. I've seen the on-line comparisons and am inclined to think the Contra is preferable for that niche. However, I am totally enjoying the Apollo in higher winds (12 m, 9 m, 7 m), and feel like the largest Apollo would be a fine light wind kite for dedicated hooked-in flat-water riding. (Note to RickI: I didn't know the Apollo came in sizes above 16 m??)

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

Postby RickI » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:19 pm

You are correct, my mistake, it was a 16 m Apollo. The 2018 Contra 19 m has more lower end grunt than the 2017 Apollo 16 m as might be expected. Despite the greater size the 19 m Contra has a smaller kite feel keeping things fun and functional. The wind range on both kites is good particularly the upper end with the 2017 Apollo. As a generality, I believe the 2018 Contra has a stronger lower end than the 2017 Apollo.
FLandOBX wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:18 pm
RickI wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:51 pm
I picked up the 19 m Contra as my lower end go to kite for this year. I have been happy with the range and performance. I weigh 84 kg (185 lbs.) and use a variety of board lengths depending on just how light the winds are. You should be happy with the 19 m, I am. It feels/flys like a smaller kite with good turning speed and reasonable bar pressure. I used a 17 m Apollo as my largest, low end kite last year.
Hope I won't be hijacking this thread too much by asking RickI how the Contra 19 m compares with the Apollo 17 m (16??) as a dedicated light wind kite. I've seen the on-line comparisons and am inclined to think the Contra is preferable for that niche. However, I am totally enjoying the Apollo in higher winds (12 m, 9 m, 7 m), and feel like the largest Apollo would be a fine light wind kite for dedicated hooked-in flat-water riding. (Note to RickI: I didn't know the Apollo came in sizes above 16 m??)

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Traveling with the 2017 16 m Apollo expecting light wind conditions and they were light!


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Another time traveling with the 2017 12 m Apollo in Hawaii and taking advantage of a particularly good upper end in this session off Shipwrecks at Lanai.

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

Postby badgb21 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:01 pm

I had a 15m and a 17m Contra.
15m was by far my favored kite and I'm 116Kg
17m was just park and ride, an OK kite, but offered only very little extra low end.

If you get a chance try the 15m Contra at your weight I wouldn't go bigger, diminishing returns.

Good luck with whatever you go for.





quote=Björn post_id=1020783 time=1531312928 user_id=95881]
Hello,

I need some help:

86-88kg freerider living at a lightwind spot with normally 6-7-8 up to 15-16 knots. I have a TT 145x45.

Should I go for the Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

Thanks a lot

BR//Björn
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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

Postby RickI » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:45 pm

I had forgotten I had put this video together several months back shortly after I started using the 2018 Cab. 19 m Contra. I learned the hard way about big kites and impaired ability to build apparent wind in the early days like a lot of us. Larger kite area wasn't very efficient or much fun if it flew too slowly. My 16.9 m Airblast from the early 2000's exemplified this problem, it was just too slow, had high bar pressure. I would have hesitated not too many years ago to get a 19 m kite although I have favored larger kites 15 to 17 m for our lighter SE Florida winds for a long time. Fortunately, I had demo'd the 19 m Contra and had no significant doubts about what I was getting. If you can demo the kite I would and form your own impressions about the current kite design. Things are changing in some cases fortunately for us. https://vimeo.com/262489510


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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

Postby FLandOBX » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:14 pm

RickI wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:19 pm
... The 2018 Contra 19 m has more lower end grunt than the 2017 Apollo 16 m as might be expected. Despite the greater size the 19 m Contra has a smaller kite feel keeping things fun and functional. The wind range on both kites is good particularly the upper end with the 2017 Apollo. As a generality, I believe the 2018 Contra has a stronger lower end than the 2017 Apollo.
All very helpful. Thanks RickI. :thumb:

I see a lot of 15m and 17m Contras at my launch sites, but rarely a 19m. I suspect that's due to the fewer production years for the 19m, plus possibly an "intimidation factor" (i.e., people just shy away from kites as large as 19m, except perhaps for the larger foil kites). Your comment that the "19m Contra has a smaller kite feel" is interesting (smaller feel presumably because of its lower aspect ratio/less breadth). I will look for a chance to demo the 19m Contra.

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Re: Cabrinha Contra 17 or 19m?

Postby RickI » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:38 am

Try to hook up with Damo LeRoy during one of his demo's or perhaps Kitty Hawk KItes could set you up? Btw, my 16.9 m Airblast had a flat area of 23 m, larger than my hang glider at the time and was a "sky brick." Times move on fortunately, some large kites can be faster than you may imagine.


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