The 2018 Cabrinha Apollo is a five-strut super high aspect kite with a super flat profile, super thin struts, super light materials, super ridiculously massive depower, and super stupidly tremendous lift. The Apollo is a rebel in the kite market pushing the boundaries of what is possible with an inflatable kite. The design goal of the Apollo is simple, make an inflatable kite that has the advantages of a foil kite without the drawbacks of a foil kite, and that is just what Cabrinha has done.
The 2018 Cabrinha Apollo is all about speed and lift. It flies very far forward in the wind window due to its long thin high aspect shape and its draft forward profile. The extreme flatness of the Apollo means that it has a lot more projected area than other kites. As a result, the Apollo is a good one to two meters more powerful than any other kite of the same size with more of its area producing lift. At the same time, it has more depower perhaps than any other kite on the market, meaning you can fly a 16 meter Apollo in 20 plus knots. It's not a foil kite, but it acts like one in every way except what happens when you put it in the water; the Apollo does not suffer from soggy foil syndrome, it gets right back up again even in very light winds. It excels at foil boarding and big lofty jumps with tons of hang time.
Like most of Cabrinha's kites, the Apollo benefits from Cabrinha's "pure profile panels" construction. For each segment of the leading edge, there are two corresponding panels of the canopy.
There is also rear line tuning options whereby the rider can adjust the kites bar pressure, depower, and power of the kite to their preference.
If you are a hydrofoil kiter, if you're into racing, if you just want to go fast, or if you're all about big air and lots of hangtimes, the 2017 Cabrinha Apollo is the inflatable doppelganger of a foil kite and should be at the top of your short list for your next acquisition.