How to boat-launch a Flysurfer Kite?
The kite should be prepared on the beach!
- Make sure that the bar is functional. No tangles.
- Close the velcro straps of the air intakes.
- Roll up the kite from the tips to the middle, e.g. roll the bridles inside the kite, and roll each tip to the middle.
- Roll the bar up and at the same time make sure that:
- Wrap the leader lines of the backlines at least twice around the bar before rolling up the front lines. This will ensure that the kite does not launch before unwinding on the water.
- Wind everything up neatly and simply; the process of unwinding on the water should be easy.
- Wind up the bridles too, but leave at least a meter.
- Now fold the kite together and put it in the bag. The bar should be secured to the outside of the bag.
On the water:
- Anchor the boat with the motor to the wind. Let the motor run in the reverse gear. The boat should go slowly back into the wind.
- Stand forwards with the kite. Take the bar from the bag and secure it.
- Remove the kite carefully from the bag and unroll the tips a little, so that the middle-air-intakes are free.
- Hold the air-intakes in the wind facing upwards so that it fills with some air, so that it will float.
- Now lay the kite in the water, with the air-intakes facing upwards and let it drift away. Unroll the bar quickly but carefully. Do not unwind too much line, or the kite may turn or invert. There should always be some tension on the line.
- When the bar is unwound, hook in the chicken loop, pull depower and/or adjustor – and the kite should lift off of the water. The kite will pull, so jump into the water when it begins to fly.
Is the DELUXE-EDITION worth the extra money?
If you are into lightwind kiting or would love to increase your kiting time by 100%, and if the winds at your home spot often drop below 10 knots, the answer is a definite yes!
It makes most sense on the large kites. They profit the most from the lighter fabric and airtime is easier and longer. They accelerate much faster and overall behaviour is better. (It is comparable to a paraglider, every gram you save with the fabric benefits the customer in terms of handling, performance and last but not least, fun)
It can also be used on small kites, they will also benefit, but not to the degree that the larger kites do. There is a big performance advantage, especially during aggressive manoevers like kiteloops. The kite will fly faster upwards after the loop, giving you added assistance with the landing.
In the end, it is up to the individual kiter to decide!
What is the difference between FLS and FDS?
The FDS (Full Depower Safety) can be compared to a regular 5th line safety. The Kite will flag out from the middle of the canopy on this 5th line with almost no pull. It is easy to relaunch the kite after you have activated the safety.
The FLS (Front Line Safety) is a safety which allows the kite to flag out upon activation without the need of an extra line. This system requires that the kite has to be designed to work with the safety. The rider benefits in two ways compared to the FDS: less tangles, less drag and only 4 lines.
How can I clean my kite if it is dirty?
The best thing you can do for the cloth, ist nothing
Chemicals effect not only dirt, but also the coating of the material. The best method is simply to rinse the kite with normal water. A 20-minute soak in water will work wonders.
Mechanical cleaning of any kind (towels, brushes) will damage the kite cloth!
Has so much really changed from the Speed1 to the Speed3?
A counter question: “Has so much really changed from the first computer to today’s models?”
The answer should be clear…
Regarding the Speed3, to put it in concrete terms: more depower, larger sweet-spot, more stable, faster flying, more agile, more durable, maintenance friendlier, more comfortable and safe! Actually, this applies to ALL of our kites! In our 10 years of kite development, if this was not the case, we would definitely be doing something wrong!
However, don’t just take our word for it, get on over to your nearest Flysurfer dealer and take a test drive!
Is, for example, my CORE-Bar compatible with a Speed3?
The CoreESP Bar is unfortunately not compatible with the Speed3, due to the safety function:
With the CoreESP Bar, after activation you hang on both frontlines. This functions only with a „Delta“ Kite. – After activation of the safety on the Speed3, it blows out on only one frontline.
In any case, we recommend leaving the bar on the kite, thereby making packing and unpacking a peace of cake. Lay the kite out, unwind the lines, attach and allow it to inflate, ready!
For this reason, delivery with an attached bar is standard on all our kites.
Should I waterproof my kite?
Generally, we do not recommend that you waterproof your canopy, because chemical substances can damage the coating, the cloth and the fibers of the cloth.
As of yet, we have not found a solution which we can recommend. Furthermore, we cannot offer the Flysurfer warranty on a kite which has been waterproofed after purchase.
If you would like to try to waterproof an older kite, naturally you can give it a try at your own risk.
Some customers have attempted a waterproofing. In any case, you can try it using this cleaning agent Mclube.com. We have also heard of the usual attempts similar to waterproofing outdoor jackets. Other customers have even gone so far as to spray their kites with clear varnish from a compressor and spray gun…
As we stated before, we do not recommend this!
Does my Speed2 have the old or the new cloth?
You can quickly determine which cloth has been used on your Speed2. The “diamond-pattern” of the older cloth is larger than the cloth that we currently use. The rectangles on the old cloth are around 8 x 8 mm, and those of the new cloth are ca. 4 x 4 mm wide.
Comparison of the two Deluxe-Fabric Versions
Why is there a knot at the C-Sparepart Line of the SPEED3?
The knot at the shorter spare-part line avoids the possibility of the pulley getting stuck after using the safety system.
During our overpowered safety release tests without the knot we managed the pulleys to get stuck. The knot effectively prevents that.
As the spare-part lines are 4x times stronger than necessary the knot is not an issue in regards to the line durability.
That is the reason, why we added it to the Speed3. The overall length of this C-spare-partline with this knot is the same as on the Psycho4 without the knot.
How does the Silverarrow/Deluxe-Fabric compare to the standard material? Does it have the same strength and durability?
Our lightweight DELUXE-EDITION fabric is slightly heavier than the skytex fabric used in our paragliders, but a new way of constructing the kite keeps the total weight around the same level as before.
The current silver arrow fabric has almost the same strength as the standard fabric, also in terms of durability.
Can I fly the Psycho and Pulse2 with the FLS System?
The Psycho, Outlaw and Unity can only be flown with the FDS because we offer delivery only with this setup. Nevertheless, the Psycho is designed for usage with the FLS as well.
At the current time, we don’t offer a special line set which enables the FLS.
In comparison to the Psycho , the Outlaw and Unity are not designed for use with the FLS. So only the FDS is an option here.
Should I buy a Unity or a Psycho?
Basically, we recommend the Unity to all beginners and intermediates, as the kite is simply more forgiving when it comes to overflying after a messed up jump and has easier handling in rough conditions. That means you can make errors, and yet still avoid the possibility of injury.
The same advantage exists with the Psycho, but you must be active on the bar. The kite has way more resources for the rider in terms of agility, hangtime and power, but you will need some experience on it in order to fully utilize these advantages. If you know your business and are not a beginner, then you will be fine with the Psycho.
Why is there no FDS on the SPEED3?
We tested the FDS extensively on the Speed3.
It was determined that the relaunch on the Speed3 with FDS was very bad, much worse than on the Speed2. This has something to do with the new construction, and the pronounced bowing of the kite.
The latter is also responsible for the improved flagging-out performance on the FLS, which is considerably better than all of the FLS predecessors.
We use the FLS for landing quite often while testing, in order to gather experience, frequently in an overpowered wind range.
The rest pull, which is the most important, was never dangerously high. It could be that the kite turns to one side on its way down, sometimes to the left, sometimes to the right, but we never experienced a continuous propellering towards one direction.
If this occurs, it could be a sign that the bar has not slid up cleanly to the designated stop knot. The FLS endline must naturally run freely and should not become tangled with the trimmer, etc. Anyway, it must only be released extremely rarely, exactly due to the large depower range of the Speed3.
Therefore, the production Speed3 has a Frontline Safety.