Flysurfer Unity - Now in the UK

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Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:23 am

The Flysurfer Unity is the long anticipated replacement for the Pulse 2. It has been a long time in the making - but the wait is up. The Unity is designed as a user friendly freeride kite, so the key focus is on stability and ease of use.

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Key Features:
  • Auto relaunch at the edge of the wind window
  • Massive depower
  • Low backstall
  • Fast turning (greatly improved vs Pulse 2)
  • Very stable (almost as stable as the Viron)
  • Launch handle to aid launching at the edge of the wind window
  • New Infinity Bar 2.0 with certified quick release
  • Direct bar feeling and progressive steering forces
  • New kite and board bag
  • Better drifting for improved wave riding and unhooked performance
  • Simplified bridling
  • Improved durability
Flysurfer also supply a 6-Month Free-Repair Warranty with the purchase of a Unity.

Sizes include: 6, 8, 10, 12.


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Learn more about the Flysurfer Unity
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Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:24 am

Just heard the 6 and 8m Unitys will be shipping this week and in the UK dealers by the end of next week!
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Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:17 pm

I have had a 10m unity now for a couple of weeks and used it twice. Thought i would share my first impressions of the kite. I won't be commenting on free style aspect though as i only ever ride directionals these days, strapped and strapless and i just like to go out and ride waves. Dodgy kness is my excuse. I know i am definately not preaching to the converted on here and i'm not really in a position to compare it to many inflatables as i have only riden a couple in the last two years so i will try to keep it to the point.
Wind range for the 10m was surprising. 15knots 6ft8 sky pirate is good enough to hold your ground and have enough to get on with some wave riding. Upto 30knots with 6ft circle one and i hadn't reached its upper limit. Maybe another few knots on top. With a twin tip you would need 20knots though, not the 15knots flysurfer suggest, in my opinion.
Very stable kite so far but not had it out in particulary gusty conditions yet.
I still get asked on the beach what happens when my kites go in the water. They are in fact quite easy to relaunch although i have seen many failed attempts, personally aside from when i have had line/equipmnt failure i have never failed to relaunch one.
Still lots of bridles though so for those of you not used to having to be careful packing up the chance for bridle tangles is there.
New infinty bar. Much improved stainless/shapped chicken loop line to pass through. Fingers crossed no more needing to wax the line to reduce wear.
Right all of this is secondary i bought this kite for wave riding, towing into waves and for agressive down the line riding. Finally flysurfer have produced a kite that turns without pivoting and stalling. This is definately not a park and ride kite. Work it and it responds well. Not only does it turn quicker but it carries on delivering power as it turns and i am really enjoying down the line wave riding with it. I think although i am no kite designer this has been achieved by linking the rear bridle together so that the trailing edge is prevented from splaying out allowing the kite to retain a more pronouched "c" shape during the turns. Well at least that what it looks like to me.
This is the 10m and there are still 2 smaller sizes which i have yet to try. They should be i hope even better. Although i am curious about the wind ranges as i know the 10m is good for +30knots.
I haven't found anything i particulary dislike yet about the kite and have already placed an order for the smaller sizes. Sorry i can't comment on the free style aspect of the kite and if the wave competitions ever get sorted out im goona have a crack at those using the unity. This kite definately feels different to other flysurfer and i would like to hear some opinions if any of you guys have a go on one.

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Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:15 pm

I’ve been following the comments on the Unity since it’s launch and was intrigued to try one – hoping it will fit in my quiver as a high wind stable kite. At last I got a brand spanking new 10m last week.

I went out in 25-30 knots of gusty wind. Weighing 75Kgs I was sailing a Flywave S and was ¾ to fully depowered all the time. Hence my extrapolation is that I should be able to sail this in 18-20 knots, maybe less with a floatier board.

The outstanding feature was that it is so incredibly stable – a real gust eater and to tip tuck that I see on my P4. In three hours of sailing it only stalled in a lull once - moved forward in the wind window, albeit briefly. The rest of the time it flew without a flutter. We had big swell / waves (3/4 foot) that day and it floated calmly above my head when I “parked and rided” it carving around for fun. Next BIG plus is that it just doesn’t want to crash - practising backloops I had ample time to clear my eyes and nostrils and then grab the bar well before it was going to hit the water. AND, if it did land in the water, it takes off again without fuss or interference. I even landed it front down to practice the reverse launch and it rolled over onto it’s side and relaunched! This is my type of kite! I jumped reasonably high for my level of comfort - maybe 10 feet - didn’t feel I was pushing it so to me it’s got plenty of grunt. It’s light on feel at the bar (like all flysurfers) and turns more quickly than my Cabrinha Crossbow 9m. So, overall, I’m very pleased with it and the cabrinha will now be up for sale. One small 7m LEI to go and I’m pump free!

The bar de-swivel works well although I was surprised that the donkey stick is attached to the rest of the structure only by an elastic line – something that seemed a bit flimsy to me. I’ll add a small cord so if the elastic breaks I won’t lose the donkey stick… The quick release is much simplified (no spring) and improved giving me greater confidence incase I have to use it. I landed using the fifth line and it worked fine. The bag is new, looks more solid and professionally designed / put together. When I originally got the kite out the material felt different, slightly more weighty than before – not sure if the material is actually any different or it’s just that I’ve never felt a new “standard” material kite! There is a bit more bridling (anti inversion lines) so you need to take care when laying out / launching that it’s not tangled at all. Once done it launched easily without hassle or incident.

So, looking forward to checking out it’s low wind range and performance…..
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Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:29 pm

would love to try one i really would, last FS I owned where a Psycho 1 9m, and 15m titan, i'm sure armin has taken them along way since then

where can i demo one ?,,,,,,, Seriously
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Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:01 am

Charlie wrote:would love to try one i really would, last FS I owned where a Psycho 1 9m, and 15m titan, i'm sure armin has taken them along way since then

where can i demo one ?,,,,,,, Seriously
Contact Tom, he will know and make sure you get a photo, be good to see you riding a flysurfer again charlie.

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Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:14 am

Never say never, Would love to show peolpe what they can do, I might even get SQ to try one ! :-)
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Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:48 pm

Still got a psycho 1 9.5 in the garage.......havn't flown it in a couple of years now. I even tried kitelooping it once ........didn't work
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Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:33 pm

Even though I would, if I could afford it, I still get flash-back-horrors about wet-sandy foils. Still fantasise about not having to pump.

I never had any problems getting marine foils off the water, even those old-dogs I used to fly could easily be reversed. When I last flew foils I was falling off my board and dropping my kite all the time, lots of practice helps, Eh ?
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Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:42 am

waverider wrote:Even though I would, if I could afford it, I still get flash-back-horrors about wet-sandy foils. Still fantasise about not having to pump.

I never had any problems getting marine foils off the water, even those old-dogs I used to fly could easily be reversed. When I last flew foils I was falling off my board and dropping my kite all the time, lots of practice helps, Eh ?
If you would like to experience the Unity, or any other Flysurfer just give me a shout. They have come a long way. The wet sandy thing still happens, but I just lay them on the lawn and weigh them down then come back a couple of hours later and pack them up. Like I said - a demo kite is available if you want it.
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Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:43 am

Charlie wrote:Never say never, Would love to show peolpe what they can do, I might even get SQ to try one ! :-)
If you would like to test a Unity Charlie, give me a shout and let me know what size. I will do my best to arrange a demo.
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Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:17 pm

tombeaton wrote: If you would like to experience the Unity, or any other Flysurfer just give me a shout. They have come a long way.
Thanks Tom.

I hesitate to initiate another heretical-questioning about the superiority of inflatable kites because there are very few riders who use both Foil and inflatable that could give a balanced view about the benefits or otherwise of either.

The few riders I know who use foils are possibly equally as agnostic as most inflatable kite users though most inflatable users have never used a foil past the questionable use of them as a teaching tool by those who have also never flown foils.
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Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:31 am

waverider wrote:
tombeaton wrote: If you would like to experience the Unity, or any other Flysurfer just give me a shout. They have come a long way.
Thanks Tom.

I hesitate to initiate another heretical-questioning about the superiority of inflatable kites because there are very few riders who use both Foil and inflatable that could give a balanced view about the benefits or otherwise of either.

The few riders I know who use foils are possibly equally as agnostic as most inflatable kite users though most inflatable users have never used a foil past the questionable use of them as a teaching tool by those who have also never flown foils.
Richard,

They are just different. Particular kites all have their pros and cons and for the most part, you just grow to love whatever you use the most. I certainly dont feel I have any more problems with foils than I did with leis. It is just a different way of achieving the same goal really which is having fun on the water/land/snow.
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Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:24 am

tombeaton wrote:, you just grow to love whatever you use the most. I certainly dont feel I have any more problems with foils than I did with leis.
Thats possibly THE most balanced comment I remember being made about Foils-V-inflatable kites and I'm not even considering my comments were very balanced.

At one point I had three foils and three newly acquired and cutting-edge 'C' kites, I still remember feeling there was something inconvenient about inflatable kites so I always reverted back to the foils which is probably because I had got used to them.

The only bad stuff I remember about foils was getting them wet-and-sandy and because I was a novice at the time I used to get the bridles in such a mess that I would then go over to the "C" kites. At least the "C" kites had "Massive-depower" which was a bit of a joke considering the little sheeting those early "C" kites had.

After a few sessions with the new "C" I would go back to the foils (Once they'd dried-out) because I get really fed-up with the pumping, the whole size, bulk and comparative inefficiency of inflatable kites at the time. Presumably the gap in efficiency between foils and inflatables is much smaller though still significant.
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Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:47 pm

Easiest way to deal with a wet sandy kite is to land it in the water - then it usually dries pretty quick when flying.
Quite a few people have a big speed for low winds and tubes for the rest
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