Flysurfer release 8m and 10m Speed 4 Lotus

Flysurfer release 8m and 10m Speed 4 Lotus

The Speed 4 is an amazing jumping and hangtime machine – the larger sizes have a lot of fans (ourselves included). The smaller sizes jump huge! Finally Flysurfer have updated the Speed 4 8 and 10 to the Lotus design which uses the full bridle and feels more like the sizes we love.

The 10m will be cyan blue and the 8m yellow.Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus 10m

Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus 8m

Find out more about the Speed 4 Lotus.

Take a look at this edit from FS team rider Lolo

The Other Cape – Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus Video

The Other Cape – Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus Video

After training for two months on the beautiful flat water lagoons of Brazil it was time for Dylan to take his new skills into the waves! The other cape, Cape Town, is a very popular place amongst kitesurfers worldwide. Dylan and Nick decided to look for good conditions a bit closer to home. Cape Verde is known for its amazing waves at Ponta Preta. Kite beach however is less know and very different. With flat water in the front and small waves in the back kite beach offers an amazing diversity in conditions. Beginners will have a blast in the front with easy access to the water. More advance riders will love to use the kickers in the first shore brake and wave riders can have their fun on the second shore brake with waves building up to 2-3 meters every day!

The wind was very strong during our stay! Check out Dylan riding his 10.0 meter Cronix for the freestyle and his 12.0 meter speed 4 lotus for all the oldschool moves! To quote Dylan about his brand new lotus toy “It turns faster and has more hangtime, perfect!”.

A very different video with a lot of lifestyle, enjoy!

Video was shot and edited by Nick de Bruijn from Lifely.nl! Big thanks to the main sponsor for the trip, Flysurfer kiteboarding for providing all the kite gear we could have hoped for! We had a blast! Dylan is also sponsored by Jobe, Lifely and Versus.

Video was shot on a Canon C100 with a 18-35mm 1.8, 24-105mm 4.0 and a 70-200mm 2.8 is. Edit was done in Premiere CC and the collor correction was done with Film Convert. Music is a classic, Johnny cash – Hurt.

Flysurfer Launch the Speed 4 Lotus edition

Flysurfer Launch the Speed 4 Lotus edition

After many years of playing the waiting game (and thoroughly enjoying our Speed 3 CE kites) Flysurfer have this week announced the Speed 4 Lotus edition. Flysurfer have been working extremely hard over the last few years to develop not only a new kite to rival the 3 & CE Speed but to improve upon the design, build quality and fabrics.

The result is a completely new Lotus fabric which not only is 30% lighter than the deluxe models we are all currently flying but it is more air tight and durable against water, sand and dirt. Strength and durability is so crucial with these foils. Not only will they remain the flag ship Flysurfer model for several years, but we fly them on land, water and snow – racking up a huge amount of flying hours.

Because the kites are dramatically lighter than the predecessors the turning has been made much lighter, a really strong selling point for such a large kite.

The Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus sizes have also changed slightly, your new quiver will consist of 12m, 15m 18m and 21m sizes. With lighter weight and turning on the bar we are really excited to try out the new 18m size.

Tom was recently in Tarifa with Flysurfer testing the final prototypes and had this to say:

“The new kites really do feel like a step forward. Flying them back to back with the Speed 3 CE this was very noticeable. The most significant difference is just how light the steering is compared to the S3. This alone was enough to impress me! It feels like the difference between cars with and without power steering.”

We are lucky enough to have a demo production model Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus whinging its way to us right now directly from Flysurfer so should have a chance to fly and review the kite before you need to grab your credit card in January 2014.

Update: Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus Review

 

Flysurfer Speed 3 CE

Flysurfer Speed 3 CE

The Speed 3 is a high performance, high aspect, low wind, race, and hangtime kite. The Speed 3 impresses with enormous depower, increased agility, awesome hangtime and jaw-dropping upwind and light wind performance. Any rider who is into racing, oldschool or lots of hangtime needs to try the Speed3! It is performance redefined! The kite looks phenomenal in the sky – especially the deluxe versions.

The Speed 3 was updated in summer 2012 to include the Infinity 2.0 bar and new DLX Colours.

When redesigning and improving on the Speed 2, the development team had to make sure it was at least as good in terms of lightwind performance, and gain significant ground in the areas of agility, depower and speed. There is no doubt this has been achieved. The Speed 3 turns tighter and faster even in the lightest winds.

Thanks to the Triple Depower Technology, contact to the kite is always available even when fully depowered. Triple Depower changes:

  • The angle of attack changes (C kite to Flat kite)
  • The projected size of the kite changes (more/less pop and float for jumping)
  • The airfoil camber changes (faster/slower kite)

Numerous optimizations to the profile have resulted in a more effective and direct depower effect. The already large wind range has expanded again. The legendary hang-time has just gotten even sweeter with more jump height, and thanks to the increased agility, kiteloops are now a reality. Naturally to cope with the increased speed and agility, stability had to be improved. Whether old-school, big-air, racing or lightwind cruising – the Speed 3 has set new standards.

The Speed 3 comes with the Flysurfer Infinity Bar 2.0. The bar feeling is very direct, smooth and precise like no other kite in this class. Hangtime and butter-soft landings are unparalleled. It has never been this easy to land and learn new tricks, regardless of the wind conditions. Racers will also appreciate the improved windrange and increased upwind performance.

Deluxe Edition was really made just for this kind of kite. The entire kite is manufactured from high-quality Silver Arrow cloth, which is almost half the weight of ‘standard’ kite cloth. The Silver Arrow cloth radically increases canopy stability, turning speed and light wind performance of every kite in our line! An additional benefit is the unbelievable compact pack dimension making your DELUXE kite the ideal travel partner. DELUXE kites also perform exceptionally well in gusty conditions.

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