The FlyDoor is a session saver – together with a Speed 4 it makes a great light wind option for freeriding. No one ever gets excited for a FlyDoor session – but one is always thankful for one when the conditions are lighter than we had hoped. If you are a heavier rider or fly in a low wind area – this is a must have.
3 weeks ago today I received the Flysurfer Flyrace from Flysurfer UK, I was due to leave for the first stop of the BKSA race series at Redcar on the Thursday and right in the nick of time the board arrived and I assembled it.
it comes in a lot of pieces but didn’t take more than 20 mins to get it all together.
The Flyrace is the twin tip race board from Flysurfer. It is 1727mm long and 480mm wide, with a volume of 6 liters. Compare that to the latest North offering of 1864mm and 690mm wide and with a volume of 86 liters – you will understand this is quite a different machine.
I arrived in Redcar to about 6 knots dead off shore – a few guys set up and went out on North boards and 18m North Dyno rigs and they did well, the were able to ride and get some good speed up, I was on a 15m FS speed3 and unable to ride the board.
The board got a lot of attention, firstly I was the only person not on a directional, secondly I was the only person on a foil, and to say that they weren’t convinced would be an understatement. From the outset this is a board that will take practice to ride, for starters you have 6 fins and a main dagger board of *I think* 40cm. When you power you kite with your feet in the straps, you want to stand over the board but the board wants to flip you off…
I spent 30 mins trying to get up and going and each time I got flung over the front.
The next day we had 12 knots of cross off wind and I was entered for the first race – I went out 40 mins before the race to try and learn the board, I remembered what Eddy Lansink said – Push against the fin and keep the board flat and hey presto! off I went!
so say this board goes upwind is an understatement…. it truly FLIES upwind – Yesterday in 15 knots I measured myself against my flydoor and 15 and in 2 tacks on the Flyrace, I could get further upwind than in 9 on the door. I have the GPS to prove it.
In race on on the Saturday, in 10 knots I managed to get to 5th or 6th before the race was cancelled due to a lack of wind. When the wind came back I lost my contact lenses and was unable to compete that race, despite shouting at Davo for directions to the upwind mark.
I found the board very comfortable to ride upwind, it flies upwind much to the surprise of myself and others, I could point as high if not higher than the latest North 2012 board and maintain a speed of probably 30kph ( I have since got a top speed of 48kph going upwind which feels very fast!). Across the wind was tricky as you need to pull up the dagger board to about half, accelerate and hang on. Downwind was the hardest which is where I lost most of my speed and places. I think a lot of practice will be needed to get this board to go downwind fast, my best tip is get upwind faster than anyone else and then hope you stay ahead!!
In the first race on Sunday, I had started to feel good on the board. I made it through the start line pretty much on time and at the upwind mark was in 3rd in the ever increasing winds. Downwind again I lost time and a place, but on the upwind I was back to 4th racing against North team rider Callum Edge, which was a tight race and seriously exciting. On the downwind he beat me and was 2 seconds clear across the finish line pushing me into 5th. I was ecstatic! as I never even thought I would finish a race let alone do well!
All in all the board is great! Upwind is amazing and across the wind is super fast. All you will have to learn is how to ride it downwind fast and you will do well at racing. If you want a competitive board that doesn’t require tacking, this is the one for you but mark my words – you WILL have to learn how to ride it.
See more photos of the Flyboards FlyRace.
Check out this latest video from Flyboards on the making of their fantastic range!Â A couple of times a year our FLYBOARDS shaper Eddy Lansink travels to our exclusive factory in China where all FLYBOARDS are built, to explore new production techniques, do quality control and setting up the production for all new boards for the coming year. This video shows how this is done step by step and gives you an unique and exclusive look inside our factory.
For more info on the 2011 FLYBOARDS go toÂ flyboards.info
We have just taken delivery of a radical M 2011 and a Flydoor L 2011. We will be testing these boards out over the next few weeks and writing up full reviews. These were some of our favourite boards last year and it looks like shaper Eddy Lansink has put a lot of effort in.
Eddy Lanksink is the main man behind Flysurfer’s Flyboards kitesurf board range, Check out what he has to say about what he has been upto and his latest creation – the FlyRace board.
Yes it is hectic sometimes, but I totally love it! Currently I’m on Sal (cape verde) for my personal holidays and riding some huge waves here on Punta Preta, which is the next thing I love to do besides jumping big airs in stormy conditions.
In the last 18 months, I ve been in a lot of places for testing and photoshoots. What passed by is Sal, China, Hongkong, Sardinia, Cornwall, North Germany, Morocco, Brazil. During the summer season, I’m a lot on the road in the The Netherlands with my camper to test prototypes and to make FS promotional events.
You’ve achieved a lot for someone of your age, what has been your drive and inspiration?
I’m doing what I love to do. Since I started kitesurfing, I’ve spend pretty much all me free time into developing my knowledge about boards. Since 5 years, I’m also studying ,,industrial product design” but it’s hard to focus on that sometimes, as my work gives me so much more satisfaction.
How did you get into shaping and designing boards?
As a young kid, I was always flying big kites in the meadows, as I lived with my parents in the east of Holland, far away from the beach. When I was 13, I saved enough money to buy a water-kite and started to make my own board as this was cheaper than buying one. Off course that board broke after 10 times and I had to build a better one. Later I started to make boards for friends and I had a own custom-made board brand , X-treme Kiteboards”
Try to develop your skills and get to know the right people.
Since working for Flyboards what has been your best experience / memory?
The innovation days, or importermeetings are always really nice, as we get to ride with the whole team together. Another cool moment was the day before the PKRA Course racing in Germany, when we made one of the first Flyrace prototypes. We were cutting a hole in a Flydoor XL board and placed a big finn inside. All the race-pro’s were laughing at us, the next day, I was laughing as I won from most of them in the race.
Along side Flyboards you also run Versus KitesurfShop, tell us a bit about it.
I’m running Versusshop.nl together with Daan, my business partner. With Versus, we have a different approach to the market. Instead of investing money into a shop-building, we invest in test-material and testevents on the beach. We have a test event somewhere in The Netherlands almost every weekend. By reaching our customers on the beach, they can first test and compare the material they buy. Kites are expensive and we want to be sure that the customer is buying a suitable kite for himself.
When your not riding or shaping boards, what fills your time?
Studying, working for Versusshop.nl or spending time with my girlfriend.
The Flyradical M and the Flyrace are some boards that I personally really like. I’m not a lightwind kitesurfer myself, as I have enough days with proper winds, but with the Flyrace, I love to kite in 8 knots and go full speed, when everyone else is sitting on the beach.
The worst board I’ve ever made is probably my 2nd kiteboard. When I made it, the goal was to make a unbreakable board. I succeeded, just the weight was about 8KG….
When do you find time to ride your Flywave S board, anyÂ advantagesÂ to this design over a standard surf board?
The flywave is designed for the messy north sea conditions as a crossover waveboard. This means that it can be used as a twintip, but has a surfy feel in the waves, with good grip and turning speed for bottom turns. Compared to a volume surfboard, you need to ride more powered up and it doesnt’ have the float you get from a surfboard. However, it rides a lot more comfortable in the chop in between the waves.
Personally, I like to ride the Flywave when I’m doing a downwind kitesession as I can rip the waves full power and I’m not limited in jumping.
You have been working on a raceboard in the last two years – you have entered a load of races and seen other competitors kit. Please tell us more about the new FlyRace and why you have gone for such an innovative approach.
When the racing became more popular, it seemed cool to me and Armin (owner of FS). Just riding on such a huge boat and jibing (or falling off) at every boye did not look really interesting for us, so we started to compete with Flydoor boards with finns in the middle. We noticed that it was working pretty well and decided to develop a serial race and lightwind board that is easy and fun to ride for everyone.
Because of the obvious differences between the FlyRace and other race boards already on the market, do you think this board will be accepted into the racing scene?
Yes, I think so. Especially because of it’s ease of use compared to the dirictional boards. It’s a really good board to take for national or local competitions.
I notice the foot pads are different in design and placement on the FlyRace, why have you made these modifications and how does it affect riding the board?
Indeed, the footpads have quite an angle. (your toes are lifted up) A raceboard performs the best when you ride it completely flat, so you can use the finn the most effective. By giving the footpads an angle, you have a more natural stance
I’ts very diverse! The board is a lot of fun to ride in light winds, as you have so much more speed and a higher upwind angle compared to a Flydoor board.
As the finlength is adjustable, beginning riders can learn step by step how to ride with a big middle fin. As soon as you get better, you can even jump and make rotations with the board
The FlyRace is very different to the standard directional approach of most kitesurfing boards, what made you go for this design and what are the key advantages and disadvantages that you have come across?
We went for a Twintip design, as we wanted to have a board that works easier and is more suitable for people that have not been riding directionals yet.
-Smaller packing size (no unscrewing 4 huge finns before being able to put it back in your car)
-You can learn to ride with the fin step by step (as it’s adjustable)
-More control on a half-downwind course
-Better durability compared to a directional
-More versatile (jumping and making backroll transitions are possible)
-It get’s harder to control when it gets really choppy, due to the limited rocker. When you have a straight downwind course in 6bft on choppy sea, the nose rocker of the directional boards make the difference.
The FlyRace will be on the market in April 2011. Price should be Euro 999, – (but has to be confirmed in the next weeks)
Interview by; Marcus Woodbridge
The Flyboards side of Flysurfer has been growing rapidly over the last few years thanks to the involvement of dutch shaper Eddy Lansink. The boards have performed really well for the last couple of seasons and the range has been growing. The main models are the FlyRadical and Flydoor. The radical being the freestyle and freeride boards available in 4 sizes (128×38, 134×40, 139×43, 144×46). They feature an asymetrical outline meaning the heelside edge is longer and straighter where as the toeside edge is curved making toeside riding easier.
The Flydoor is the low wind board. Paired with the Flysurfer Speed 3 (see our 21m Speed 3 review) this creates an amazing light wind combination. The boards are very flat and square giving them the ability to plane very early. They are also optimised to allow for easier and more comfortable toeside riding.
The Flywave is back with minor adjustments from last year. The only major changes are the footstraps and the mounting positions. This board is a twin tip construction mutant style board aimed for powered riding in wave conditions.
The big news for 2011 is the introduction of the FlyRace. This is sure to shake up the racing world with its innovative shape. It is a twin tip design which will make the racing disciplines so much more accessible for many riders. With current raceboards a good knowledge of directional boards was essential. We expect to see these around more and more at race events.