Cabrinha Cross Bow
The guys at Cabrinha put on another Maui Cross Bow Demo, this time in classic Maui trade winds of 30 knots.
The demo was at the Camp Grounds, which sits in a bigger wind shadow than Kite Beach. The first thing I noticed was that intermediate riders seemed a lot more comfortable and safer, especially on the launch. Watching intermediate riders launch in a wind shadow and go into 30-knot winds is stressfulÃ¢â‚¬Â¦not so bad with the Cross Bow.
I took the 9, the same kite I rode the week before in 16-knot winds. Immediately, I felt jumping is more about controlling the leading and trailing edge than about sending the kite from one side of the window to the other. After riding with new Cabrinha rider Shaun Richmond, I saw the future of big airÃ¢â‚¬Â¦he blew by the 40Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ markÃ¢â‚¬Â¦on the Cross Bow, he will probably be the first guy to land a 10 second jump.
The down side
With out a doubt the grip pressure required was brutal. After 8 minutes my forearms were explodingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦after 13 minutes, I had to come off the water.
There are a lot of quick fixes; a fixed harness line would be the easiest. Obviously this would take away the instant depower, but any advanced rider should be able to get quickly in and out of the harness.
Yellow leftÃ¢â‚¬Â¦black rightÃ¢â‚¬Â¦it is safe to say that there is absolutely no communication amongst manufacturers. Standards, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exist. This remains the sadest joke in kiteboarding. At least the Cross Bow bar, lines and bridles are color-coded and connection specific.
Bottom line on the kite, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to ride it with a fixed harnessÃ¢â‚¬Â¦