Cabrinha Ace 2020

CABRINHA ACE HYBRID TWIN-TIP REVIEW

Cabrinha Ace Hybrid

THIS CABRINHA ACE HYBRID TEST FIRST APPEARED IN KITEWORLD #105 ON OUR NEW FREE DIGITAL PLATFORM IN JULY 2020. 

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CABRINHA ACE HYBRID 138 – 2020

“There’s just the right amount of aggression to deliver performance without taking too much away from comfort.”

TESTED BY: Bully and Jim

All photos: Cabrinha

Cabrinha Ace Hybrid


TEST TEAM NOTES

An upgraded construction for Cabrinha’s popular big air / performance freeride board, the Ace has taken on an innovative, light weight and responsive ‘future hybrid’ carbon / honeycomb foam / paulownia wood construction. Now feeling less industrial than some Cabrinha freeride models of the past, the Ace is still certainly solid without being heavy. The relatively square outline in the tips give the impression of serious freestyle performance, yet the Ace is far easier to ride than that might suggest. You’re looking at a board with good, high-end, aggressive looks but you’re getting really accessible performance. 

Cabrinha’s pads are densely cushioned, contoured in detail and suck your foot nicely (there are two different softness inserts to choose from under the heel) while the H20 straps are a simple two velcro strap closure system. Literally just spend a minute setting those up for your feet and you’re set.

The Ace paired really well with the Moto kite also on test this issue; performance without the need to be physically aggressive in your riding style. The Ace won’t force you to do anything, especially with that kite; an excellent freeride combo.

A TRUE ALL-ROUNDER

For general all-round freeride performance, particularly in choppy seas you want comfort, easy bite and a board that gets up to speed quickly without feeling sticky / bogging. The Ace feels really light and lively underfoot and doesn’t just deliver good bite through the rail; there’s also grip control from the base of the board, so when you want to smash the flat of the board into a wave face to throw big rainbows, the Ace just loves it. The combination of getting grip from the rail and base gives you the flexibility to be quite carefree with your riding at pace, or when landing from tricks, whatever your level. 

The forward drive is a standout element for helping you nail explosive pop technique. Quick acceleration means you can go from cruise mode to suddenly speeding up to hit a kicker when a section appears. Some Cabrinha twin-tip rails have felt rather locked in. The Ace still delivers lots of confidence in its tracking stability but when you want to initiate a switch 180, just come onto your toes and you’ll release with relative ease without feeling like you’ll start skidding more than you want.

In difficult shorebreak situations where you’re running away from sections into the shallows and need quick pop / release reactions to instantly execute a pop transition over white water, or when you need to release a rail and alter your riding direction in an instant, the Ace comes into its own. Real freeride performance.

NATURAL REACTIONS

Overall we were impressed that the Ace Hybrid feels light but is obviously solidly put together, handling abuse of different terrain and shallow beach / shingle environments well. The instant reaction you can call upon from the board, whether that’s for banging out a raley or fanning a full flat carve into a wave, the Ace responds in what feels like a very natural way; you never feel like you’re forcing the beyond what it wants to do. Plus it’s racey and grippy enough to deliver big load-ups to launch big boosts. 

When it comes to touching down, the Ace engages with the water, grips and drives forward straight away. You get the sweetest sound when you land tricks; like closing a door – secure. There’s no instability as generally the Ace is very stable at high speed.

The big take-away with this board is that there’s a consistency of feeling through everything you ask it to do.

 

H2O straps and bindings

 

SUMMARY

The Ace Hybrid is tuned for all aspects of freeriding, whether you’re looking to load up for massive sent jumps, grip hard around big wave hacks, or simply feel secure with easy grip in and around difficult waters. There’s just the right amount of aggression to deliver performance without taking too much away from comfort. Looks great, is pretty light, well featured and would work with boots, too.

KW LIKED

Understated but superb comfort and performance.

KW WOULD CHANGE

Very little. It’s the Ace up your freeriding sleeve. Unless you’re a top level unhooked freestyler, this will do everything you need.

ACE HYBRID BALANCE POINTS
(TEST SCORE BREAKDOWNS HERE)

Build quality: 9
Fixtures and fittings: 8.5
Speed: 8
Pop: 8.5
Drive: 8
Flex: Firm and responsive 
Comfort: 7
Looseness: 6
Grip: 8
Upwind: 8
Slider proof: NA
Boots applicable: Yes – good cross over
Freeriding: 9
Freestyle: 8 
Ease of use: 8

SIZES: 141 x 43, 138 x 41.5 & 135 x 40cm

 

 

Find out more: www.cabrinha.com


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