How is the Drifter in the bigger sizes? 11m or 13m?
I read somewhere (aussy forum maybe) a quote about how spetacular a Drifter 9 would be and about not recommending bigger sizes. Hmm, I could not test #9, but i was very happy with size 11.
To tell you the truth it was the best Cabrinha kite I tested for 2013, just made my day.
I decided for a Switchblade 12 just because it is more all around and with a large wind spectrum (got to open hand on something).
I could really test a Drifter 11 for 30 km long downwind with flat water and wave sections (small waves up to 1,5m). I really enjoyed its drifting capability, and I mean it, tried to stall it and could not. (by the bar ~ 20 - 25 knots)
It is impressive how I could have fun in waves while it was there waiting for me, and if all of a sudden I'd lose power it was a matter of pointing at it and send it kitelooping. Kitelooping it was easier than the Chaos.
Drifter 2013 has a very responsive bar and power at 45 degrees. I'd buy this one as a second kite or were I with money to apply on a funnier kite.
Other day I could test this very 11 on a lighter wind condition (15 ~ 20 knots). It kept turning fast and drifting, but had a sensible power loss than the switchblade. So had to work harder, but without problems due to bar pressure and speed.
I'd say test it before deciding for Cabrinha model you decide to pick. (talking about Cabrinha guys, not comparing to other world kites)