This article will talk about how to reset your Cabrinha safety system. This situation is if the conditions are right and you do not need to self-rescue. For more information on the three kiteboarding safety systems, check out our post here.
History of Cabrinha’s kiteboarding safety systems
This article will focus on Cabrinha’s safety systems from 2015 and newer. Older systems did not work the same way. They were complicated and had a different method to stop the power of the kite. Older systems do not work as well as the more modern safety systems do. The more modern systems are reliable and will stop the power of the kite when needed.
How to Reset Safety System
The most important aspect is the flag line. Make sure the flag line is fully released and the kite is settled on the water. Use the flag line to get to the bar. When pulling the line, make sure to not wrap the line around your hand or fingers. Put the excess line downwind of you and to the side. This will prevent you from getting tangled in the line.
When you get to the bar, make sure to continue to hold the flag line. It is possible to secure the flag line to the spreader bar hook. The important part here is to not let the flag line run back through the bar yet. If the line does go through the bar, then let go of the bar and start over.
With the flag line secure, push the red release away and to the side. Push the loop back into the release. You may need to keep some forward pressure on the loop to keep it in the release. Bring the red release back down to secure the loop in place. Continue to hold the flag line and hook the loop back into the spreader bar. Let go of the flag line and perform a normal water relaunch. If anything happens, push away the release and restart the process.
Safe Ways to Practice
Practice and get familiar with the safety systems in a controlled environment. If you are unfamiliar with your safety system, seek a professional instructor. The safest way is to take an advanced lesson on the safety systems and procedures. A one hour safety lesson will go over how to reset your safety system, how to do a self rescue and situational awareness.