PRESS RELEASE: Maui, Hawaii- 5th July 5, 2016
The game is about to change… again! Introducing Fireball, a new ball and socket connection system purpose built for kitesurfing.
The Cabrinha Fireball control system launches kitesurfing into a new era of performance and simplicity in design.
Fireball is the first kite connection system purpose built for kitesurfing from the ground up. Its unique design harnesses the specific forces and movements of kiteboarding, and combines them with ergonomic form factors to create a kite connection which seamlessly translates your body movements into an immediate kite reaction. It instantly upgrades any kite and harness delivering more control, security, and comfort than ever before.
The ball and socket interface is a semi-circular fitting that brings the pivot point of the connection closer to your core. This keeps the spreader bar from rotating into your body when the pull of the kite comes fro m overhead. The socket is much closer than a traditional hook, thus reducing the rotational torque into your body by up to 50%.
The rotational axis also allows freedom for the kite to follow its natural path in the sky independent of your body position. The friction-free connection maintains a fluid and secure mobility, making your harness feel more comfortable. With the Fireball system you can easily connect from any angle and will never be able to foul-hook.
One of the most unique things about Fireball is its locking gate. The locking gate is positioned on the spreader bar so it can be locked and unlocked on the fly. The secure gate design automatically seats itself into position and provides a friction free method to keep Fireball engaged into the socket.
From the first time you lay your eyes on Fireball you see that this is something entirely different. This sleek new approach to one of the most important points in kitesurfing, the point where the power of the kite meets the power of your body, closes the loop (pun intended) on our efforts to maintain control over the most important elements of a kite control system.
In 2017 we will offer two connection method options. The all new, purpose built Fireball, and the traditional hook and loop Quickloop. Each is built for specific functions, the utmost being whether you ride hooked in or predominantly unhooked.
In stores August 2016.
Visit cabrinhakites.com for a list of dealers near you.
10 reasons why Fireball is a game changer
BETTER CONTROL & PERFORMANCE
From the moment you connect to Fireball you will immediately feel the difference the ball and socket connection makes. Fireball focuses the pull of the kite directly to your core where it becomes a part of your body, seamlessly translating your body movements into an immediate kite reaction with a smooth, frictionless motion.
Fireball’s ball and socket interface is a semi-circular fitting that brings the pivot point of the connection much closer to your body than a traditional hook and loop. The low profile design keeps the spreader bar from rotating into your body when the pull of the kite comes from overhead. This translates to up to 50% less force against your body than a traditional hook and loop system.
AUTO LOCKING SECURITY
One of the most unique things about Fireball is its intelligent locking gate. Unlike a loop/security pin system, AUTOLOCK™ is positioned on the spreader bar so that it can be locked and unlocked on the fly. The secure gate design automatically seats itself into position and provides a friction free method to keep Fireball engaged into the socket. This system replaces the need for a security pin that binds, and can be clumsy and awkward to engage and disengage.
NON BINDING FREEDOM
A traditional hook and loop can be binding when the kite flies from side to side. It can be made even worse when a security pin is inserted. Fireball is a non-binding system which allows free, unrestricted movement no matter where the kite is located in the window.
INSTANTLY UPGRADES ANY HARNESS
The low profile ball and socket and friction free movement will immediately upgrade any kite and harness by delivering more control, security, and comfort than ever before.
EASY SECURITY ACTIVATION
Fireball uses our 1X security system. To activate 1X you pull the Quick Release. Once activated, the load is immediately transferred directly to the 1X landing line. The kite is instantly depowered and will rest itself on the water or land. If you need to completely disconnect from the kite you can pull the QR2 which is located at the base of the leash.
2.9 SECOND RECONNECTION
To reconnect the system you pull up the QR, insert the pin through the tower, and drop it back over the pin. It literally takes less than 3 seconds to reconnect.
The entire Fireball eco system is fully integrated. The way to ensure the proper function of the connection system is to control every aspect of it. When you connect a traditional loop system to a random spreader bar there is no way of guaranteeing the security will function properly. With Fireball we are able to control the entire security process. There is nothing left to chance.
NEVER FOUL HOOK
With the unique design of the Fireball and its auto locking gate, foul hooking is a thing of the past.
We questioned and debated why we were still using a hook and loop connection system that dates back to the early windsurfing era, when it clearly wasn’t designed for our sport. Kiteboarding has a completely different set of forces and connection requirements than windsurfing. So we set out to build the ultimate connection system from the bottom up. Fireball is the first kiteboarding connection purpose built to take into account the unique movements and forces created by a kite.