Flysurfer Unity review. 
Quote of the day:
"Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two."

Unity 10 Deluxe. Review posted in

After DHL delivered the kite, i finally had 2 good days on the kite and had the opportunity to give the kite out to some other kiters to test it.
First some feedbacks from the testers:

Silu (Tubekiter):
Wow!!! What a depower!
Unbelievable... i would never have thought that...really cool kite!!!
How much is it? Flysurfers are really expensive aren't they? What? Cheaper then tubes compared in the same size...! When will it hit the market?

Pascal (Speed3 Pilot):
The Bomp! Really easy and nice doing loops, which catch you before landing. Easier then with the Psycho 4. I like it a lot.

André (FS Pilot):
Excellent kite!!! Like it a lot!!!

Chrigu (FS & Tube Pilot):
Really nice kite..!! When the conditions are shitty and the gusts are coming in, you are still able to ride easy and normally with it.

Some infos about me:
Size: 190cm
Weight: 93 Kg
I kite since 2006, flew and test everything that crosses my hands. Always try to give an honest impression/opinion. Even is some people don't like it.
90% strapless rider.
Wind around 20 kts.

Bar & Chickenloop:
The Bar itself was the Inf.1.0. The Chicken Loop and the depower System & Stopperball where from the 2.0. I rode the 2.0 several times yet. The length of the depower is increased. In my opinion the trimmer is to far away for the smaller people. But you can change that in 5 minutes to your own preference. The Chickenloop is of the hook! Unspins after several rotations with ease! No Pressure to unspin� just pull the bar. There you go. Release the Chicken Loop.. Really easy. Good job there Flysurfer.

Armin Harich on the Depower length (Flysufer developer):
The length of the depower is that the autorelaunch (at the edge of the wind-window) works as perfect as it does. If you shorten it, the autorelaunch won't work as prober as it should.

Extreme is the right word. I ride 90% a wave board and ride a lot downwind towards the kite. It just stays in the sky. No collapsing or drifting away. It stays where it belongs. I can concentrate on the water instead of the kite.

Turning speed
The Unity flies a smaller radius then the Psycho 4. But the Psycho 4 turns faster then the Unity. Compared to the Pulse 2, the turning speed has increased a lot. But I really appreciated the turning of the Unity. I landed straight away my strapless airs. The Kite turns around a point just close outside of the tip.

Low end:
I could not really test the lowend in these days. Shure the lowend is not like with the Speed3 (normal as this is not a Speed3). I could ride without having troubles in the wind drops.

Like on the Speed3's. Massive depower! That was one of the major remarks from the testers: "WOW massive depower! I like!".
I'd say that the Unity is a real gust eater. I guess this will be the perfect kite for my wife, as she is really light and needs massive depower to handle the gusts. The depower is linear. So you will be able to fly the kite in really high winds.

High end:
Did not reach the Highend yet.

As usual with Flysurfer Kites, they cover a bigger windrange as a comparable tube.

Steer back, pull in the bar and up it goes. The Hangtime is good. But not as good as the Speed3 (logic). It is less explosive than the

I'm not the megalooper. One of the testers said that it's easier to get caught after a loop then with the Psycho 4. Fipi said that this is not the Megaloop Kite. And he is right. As the kite was not designed that for. I can only say that the Loops for landing are really easy and it is much easier to time the loops then with the Spedd3 12. I know that this is not the best kite to compare to. But it's the kite I have the most experience with.

It is a little bit higher then with the other FS Kites. But way less then with tubes.
I always knew where the kite was. Even when i had an impact and was under water. No Tennis arms there. And the Kite is really direct! The most direct Kite, that Flysurfer has build so far.

Upwind Performance:
No Problem at all. I guess that the Unity goes a bit less upwind then the Speed3. But i assume that this also has a lot to do with the skills of the rider and the board.

In the middle as usual the normal Backlines launch. At the edge of the Wind Window a perfect Autorelaunch. Pull in one line and up it goes ;)

A perfect successor for the Pulse 2. I would recommend this kite for Freeride, Wave or also Freestyle. Who is looking for a more aggressive & explosive kite should choose the Psycho 4. Who is looking for Lowend and Hangtime should go for the Speed 3. If you want to have a stable and forgiving kite, which you dare try some new tricks (hooked or unhooked, wave or ...) will be really happy with the Unity.
When the wind is blowing and all the other kiters are complaining about the wind gusts I will go for the Unity and have fun out there.
Thanks a lot Flysurfer, you have done it again. In my opinion you are on the right way and this kite will satisfy a lot of kiters.
Now i just have to wait until DHL will deliver my new quiver

Some People will say: this is not a Speed or a Psycho. And they are right. They both have their core performance and the Unity will fit right in the middle. If you look at the marketing today, a kite is always able to do everything. In my opinion this is aerodynamically not possible. Thats why Flysurfer has their 3 different kites.
So its up to you: Choose your weapon ;)

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Feng Shui 

Literally translated feng shui means "wind water".
Its principles maintain that we live in harmony with our environment.
It also aptly embodies a fine symbolism for kitesurfers.

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A fine quote just to be done with the New Year's greetings... 
Dolphins and kiteriders are interchangeable here.

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so muchthe wheel, New York, wars and so onwhilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than manfor precisely the same reasons."
Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

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Politically Correct Seasons Greetings 

Politically Correct Seasons Greetings:
Christmas Thoughts

Please accept with no obligation,
implied or implicit our best wishes for
an environmentally conscious,
socially responsible, low stress,
non-addictive, gender neutral,
celebration of the winter solstice
holiday, practiced within the most
enjoyable traditions of the religious
persuasion of your choice, or secular
practices of your choice, with respect
for the religious/secular persuasions
and/or traditions of others, or their
choice not to practice religious or
secular traditions at all ...

and a fiscally successful,
personally fulfilling, and medically
uncomplicated recognition of the onset
of the generally accepted calendar
year 2011, but not without due respect
for the calendars of choice of other
cultures whose contributions to
society have helped make America great,
(not to imply that America is necessarily
greater than any other country or is
the only "AMERICA" in the western
hemisphere), and without regard to the
race, creed, color, age, physical ability,
religious faith, choice of computer platform,
or sexual preference of the wishee.


(By accepting this greeting,
you are accepting these terms.
This greeting is subject to
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promise by the wisher to actually
implement any of the wishes for
her/himself or others, and is
void where prohibited by law, and is
revocable at the sole discretion of
the wisher. This wish is warranted
to perform as expected within the
usual application of good tidings
for a period of one year, or until the
issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting,
whichever comes first, and warranty is
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What should be taught before anything at kite schools 
I am only cut and pasting my latest comment in kiteforum. But it is a definite incentive for me to write a future blog that summarises the bare essentials of meteorology and aerology.

The thread was: When Extreme Ability Isn't Enough

This is the sort of fundamental information which is coming here by accident just because Rickl felt like sharing it today .
It shouldn't be fortuitous; every rider should have been taught that, and more, from the very onset.
The majority of fatal accidents are caused by ignorance or disregard of elementary aerology and meteorology, and IKO shares a huge responsibility for the tragic statistics for failing to provide instructions of matters which are taught before anything else in all sports depending on the air and its dynamics (most sailing and all flying sports).
IKO claims it is in their syllabus, but the fact is that, at least in my region, I haven't seen any IKO branded instructor teaching these topics. How could they, not having been themselves taught that?
IKO satisfy themselves by selling their stickers to schools to fool the punter. For new schools, it's a quick substitute for experience. They (IKO) never follow up nor bother to check if the teaching given corresponds to their programme, if there was any.
Considering IKO is dysfunctional beyond redemption, has anyone an idea about how to make up for it and disseminate meteorological and aerological subjects in all the schools? There is a safety thread in kiteforum, and if it were there, it would be a good start, but that would not be enough, as beginners usually get aware of forums' existence only after they have learnt.

PS: all good links on meteorology and aerology welcome here for a digest.

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Airush on the right track with the One kite. 
Quote of the day:

"We seek excellence, by constant trial and error."
Master Jin Kwon (South Korean Martial Arts master)

Airush One Kite

Airush is on the right track. This is the evolution of kite.
Next step: no strut. Rumors are that such a kite is already in proto form (the Zero kite?).
And then finally, the greatest innovation of all: replace the remaining leading edge tube with a second skin in order to produce a proper airfoil.
The brand will appropriately change its name to RamAirush.

PS... the evidence that that Airush should follow the logic further is taken from report:
"However, the advantages of a one strut kite that become apparent after the first session are: set up is quick, pack down is easy and quick, relaunch is easy (no water wheel effect of extra struts), flies great and pulls well in light winds (improved aerodynamics I'm guessing)."

That's precisely how a foil kite is defined. ;-)

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