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don pitcher
From the Flysurfer Speed4 webpage:


Our vision is not only to improve our kites, but to further shape the sport of kiting. What has remained is a simple and effective system... We were even able to achieve a bridle that is almost one-third lighter and remove an entire bridle row. This not only makes kiting easier, but results in even better performance.


The Speed4 is a completely new development, based on a concept: A defined flex performance of the kite-profile. We achieved this with a new canopy construction and an extremely simplified bridle... The new construction is supplemented by a reinforcement of the leading edge for maximum flight stability in gusting winds and yet again-improved aerodynamics. The result is a kite that not only brings all the advantages of the Speed3 to the next level, but also steps up itís freestyle performance.

...we introduce the following technical features.

// Rigid Foil Technology by Gin
Reinforcement of the front leading edge profile for increased performance and stability.

// Smart Direct Airfoil
New flex-profile from extensive simulations for a shorter and more effective depower and quicker turning.

// Minimized bridle
Just three main levels (A,B & Z) and new connection points have created a much simpler line system, which is lighter and has less drag.

// Simplified mixer
Just one pulley per side makes for easiest trim tuning for everyone


Pretty sick. If the performance of foil kites could eclipse the LEI... that would mean no pumps. No pumping. Not exactly my favorite past-time.
don pitcher
I finally got to try out my 10m Speed4. This "New Rigid Foil Technology" is really quite impressive. Much better than I anticipated. This is a big step forward for Foils.

This rigid foil thing is a plastic C-shape batten sewn into the leading edge at each ajoining cell. The top edge of the C extends down the top skin like a batten. This is by far the nicest foil that I have ever flown. Very refined.

But, for the foil nay sayers, here is a photo of a prototype Flysurfer. Notice the bridle on the trailing edge.

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