We are used to seeing brands market their latest development as a ‘game changer’ and ‘the next big thing’ and then see things continue just fine the way they were.
The question we want to know is if the new Fireball system from Cabrinha is any different or if we can expect to see the other brands follow suit in a year rumoured to be filled with new technologies in the control bar area of kitesurfing.
What on earth is Fireball?
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 from 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.
Want to see it in action?
Let’s hand over to the one and only Pete Cabrinha to find out a bit more.
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