Articles > Flysurfer Extacy Review

The Flysurfer EXTASY has been released to replace Flysurfer's intermediate model, the TITAN, in the 05 line-up. I was lucky enough to sample the kite at their recent demo day, courtesy of their U.K. distributor, Oceanside.

The EXTASY is currently available in 3 sizes, 4.5, 7 & and 10m. Larger sizes will be available as soon as FS have finished the test schedule. Compared with previous models, this kite boasts several new ideas and refinements. Comparing it to the VOODOO for example, one can see that the curve of the wing is not as extreme at the wingtips, and remains more of a constant curve. The planform itself is mid aspect, with a gentle curve ending in squared off tips, compared to the sharp curve of the VOODOO.

Flysurfer Extacy Review

Side on, the profile itself is quite thick, but not as much as previous pictures on the net had suggested.

Flysurfer Extacy Review

Moving in closer to the kite, one can take a moment to examine the finish and fittings. Here the material is thinner and lighter than on the VOODOO, with an equally smooth surface finish. This should help in the bottom end of the windrange where the V10 was somewhat lacking due to its relatively heavy cloth. Stitching and finish is up to the usual Flysurfer standard, impeccable all round. Looking at the bridle, one can see that the 'weak link' points have been retained, but fitted below these are steel rings resembling climbing karabiners in shape through which some of the bridle lines pass though. One can assume this is a method to help control of the profile, in conjunction with the redesign of the internal structure of the kite to allow it to do away with the pulley system. Losing the pulleys from the kite reduces the maintenance factor significantly, as small debris and sand can lodge between the block and pulley wheel causing premature wear. Part of the ritual of Flysurfer ownership was the cleaning of the pulleys after every session. This is a welcome improvement.

Flysurfer Extacy Review

The leading edge only has two vents, along with the customary zips on the centre of the LE, allowing quicker inflation or the user to fly the foil as an open celled kite.

Flysurfer Extacy Review

The bridle has been reduced in the number of lines yet again, reaching to only a few key points on the kite. The kite still features all of the WAC and brake adjustments first seen on the VOODOO however. Moving down, the kite features a small carbon bar with the customary rotor leash and pull stop system for removing all rest pull. To those not familiar with this, should the kite need to be staked down for example, the user can land the kite and then using the pull stop system, lay the kite out with one wingtip pointing directly downwind flat to the ground. This is also useful in self rescue situations on the water, should the wind drop and you have to recover the kite.


With the kite laid out and ready to go, sheeting out or gently tugging on the centre line is enough to get the kite into the air, it inflates extremely quickly even with the zippers left closed. Once at zenith, it is possible to take your hands off the bar, this kite has the strongest auto zenith yet seen on a Flysurfer kite. You could mistake it for a Guerrilla so good is this aspect. However, where this kite differs is the much lighter bar pressure. Complaints have been levelled at Flysurfer before about the apparent lack of bar feedback due to their lightness on the controls, but this kite strikes an excellent compromise between feel in terms of turning pressure and loading up on the bar when powering up/sheeting in. when I owned a VOODOO, it took me a while do dial myself into the kite because I was often found I was over flying it on my preferred settings. With that kite a fingertip touch was needed to help keep the speed of the kite through the air. Not so with the EXTASY. It's easy to instantly feel at home because the bar feeling is sufficiently 'meaty' without becoming tiring or too strong when the bar is held at extreme angles. Couple this with the constant forward airspeed due to the elimination of back stalling, (over sheeting the kite causing it to fly backwards or stall on the spot) instant confidence is inspired within the first few minutes on the kite.

The kite is quick through the air and very responsive, always eager to turn and not really suffering from the wingtip folding in when turning near the edge of the window seen on some of the current generation foilkites. Sheeting in fully you can feel a noticeable increase in power but the kite simply refuses to back stall. On the stock settings the kite pivoted on its wingtips maintaining a good level of power throughout the turn. It is possible to turn this kite within its length and still maintain good forward speed through the air.

Land use

Out on the board, the kite was a lot of fun. One of the best aspects was simply being able to pull in the trimmer and fly the kite unhooked. Within moments I was able to throw a few surface handle passes and with a bit more confidence, unhooked 360 transitions. Because the kite is so quick and responsive, you can send it further back in the window and hold it there for longer, squeezing out the most performance from the kite and the given conditions. Upwind ability was respectable, not as good as the psycho 2, but then it is a mid aspect kite. The overriding feeling is of a quick, snappy machine which inspires a lot of trust. The wind was a bit too low for the ten so I couldn't really give the kite its head but the unhooked performance in particular was very impressive.


Overall I felt the EXTASY to be an excellent kite. It's a kite that you always feel is working in your favour, rather than against you or constantly placing you on your guard. It's possible to take it out of the bag and be pulling your favourite tricks and more in minutes. The kite makes the transition from hooked in to unhooked seamlessly, no need to adjust anything, pull the trimmer in and off you go. The VOODOO was my personal favourite all-round freestyle kite, but the EXTASY is an improvement in every respect. More stable, faster turning, constant forward speed in the kite as well as unhooking any time you please. There were a few negative points, mainly centering on the safety leash catching on one of the knots during a handle pass, causing the kite to flop to the ground, robbed of most of its steering feel. In fairness this happened once during the whole two days no matter how hard I tried to provoke the kite again. In retrospect I think it was due to the line catching on the square edge of the knot, and this can easily be prevented by covering the end with tape, or Flysurfer being a little less precise with the cutting! Also the kite was a bit sluggish when it got wet, but I did suffer the indignity of getting caught in a 20 minute shower. All minor grumbles really, and nothing that detracts from the pleasure of using the kite. This kite is sure to appeal to use who want to get on the business of enjoying themselves and learning new tricks rather than spending time learning a more 'hands on' kite. All the benefits of using a Flysurfer that you've come to expect, plus all of the things you've missed out on before. The question is, what will they come up with next?

Malink Magombo (aka Mal/Bushflyer), December 2004



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