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CABO DESIGNER
INTERVIEWWITH
PETER STIEWE
Q.Where did the idea to make a pure wave kite come from?
A. It came from our customers, from our wave team riders and from my heart. I live for the waves and
have been searching for an excuse to design a pure wave kite. Now that wave riding is becoming increas-
ingly popular, and now that we have a world class wave team to help test it the Cabo finally became
a reality. It also helps that Jordi has been constantly nagging me to build it for the past two seasons.
Q. WHERE DID THE R&D TAKE PLACE?
A. Most of the testing took place in South Africa and Portugal. Prototypes also travelled with members
of the wave team as they followed the KSP wave tour last season. The final adjustments were made to
the Cabo just before the first KSP event this season with Pedro, Nuno and Kristin all giving feedback on
the final versions.
Q.Where did the name come from?
A. The majority of the testing for the Cabo either took place in Cape Town in South Africa or here in Por-
tugal.The last testing day before the graphics were completed we tested in the surf at Cabo De Roca, just
up the coast from our base in Guincho- the name just stuck. Cape, Cabo it’s the same word.
Q.What makes it a pure wave kite?
A. Design focus and intent. Once you commit to build a kite to perform in the waves to the exclusion of
other riding styles you are free to target the important areas of performance. You can concentrate on
stability, making sure the kite hangs in the air as you ride towards it on slack lines. You can concentrate
on turning speed, making sure it turns in quickly but doesn’t develop too much power through the turn
so your bottom turns will be flawless. You can do all this and not have to worry about jumping ability
or anything else that simply doesn’t add to the surfing experience. The fact that the Cabo is such an
easy kite to fly and so stable makes it a solid freeride kite for wave less days, it’s an unexpected bonus.
Q. HOW DOESTHE CABO DIFFER FROMTHE ts AND KAHOONA INTHE SURF?
A. If you took the wave riding performance of the Kahoona and TS kites and improved their turning
speed, unhooked feel, stability and downwind drift you would have a kite similar to the performance
and feel of the Cabo. That kite wouldn’t look like the Kahoona or TS anymore though; you’d have to
change nearly every aspect of the design to achieve those goals. That’s what the Cabo is, a pure wave
kite designed without compromise so you can charge every wave.
Q.Why is the Cabo a tri-strut kite?
A. A lower aspect ratio kite can work with fewer struts. This makes the kite lighter, reduces drag and
helps to deliver maximum unhooked stability. A tri-strut kite can also be made to turn faster. Add this
stability, fast turning and low weight together and you get exceptional downwind drift characteristics
and this is the key to being able to position yourself anywhere on a wave with the Cabo. So you can ride
the wave and not the kite.
Q.What else is new on the Cabo?
A.The Cabo is the first kite to use our new Double Core RS (Ripstop) canopy fabric. It’s a lightweight, high
strength Ripstop with a double-stop woven into the warp and weft. If you are serious about riding big
waves you have to expect to take some serious hits- Double Core RS is designed to help you ride away
from the biggest wipe outs.
Q. Can you sum up the Cabo for us?
A.“What can I add? Purity and addiction that is what waves do to you. That is where the Cabo takes you.
It’s a wave kite that drifts gracefully downwind in side off and reacts directly to input in side on condi-
tions. Take your quiver of Cabo kites with you and explore the world.”