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Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2015
Brand: Flysurfer
Size: 11m, 15m, 18m
Type: Foil
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Foil race kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The SONIC Full Race is optimized for competition with merciless performance on all terrains (Water, Land & Snow). The sheer force of this pure racing machine, gives you speed thrills, goosebumps and more, with the kite cutting through air at angles into the wind never seen before. The most extreme lift and hangtime any Flysurfer kite has ever delivered, is now combined with sophisticated handling, in a unique super high aspect- ratio, closed-cell ram-air foilkite. Only the best and most optimized fabrics have been used to achieve maximum performance, minimum weight and incredible stability.

Its engineers worked in conjunction with the best hydrofoiling and snowkite athletes to sculpt this amazing wing. Together with the most advanced technology available from our paragliding department, we were able to achieve the most powerful and performance orientated race kite.
The Sonic FR is the pure expression of Flysurfers DNA. Innovation, Aesthetics and Performance.

Choose the SONIC-FR in sizes 9m, 11m, 15m, or 18m together with the optional Infinity 3.0 Race Control Bar PRO or Infinity 3.0 Airstyle Control Bar.
Experience the buzz of extreme lift to drag ratio.

  • Ultra-high-performance foil with 3D shaped profile, characterized by extreme performance and hangtime.
  • Control, Performance and maximum Efficiency.
  • Advanced RibCell Technology
  • Racebar setup with exclusive „low-drag” bridle- and flying lines, creating less drag, while retaining high breaking loads of the lines.

The most performance orientated Flysurfer kite to date, accelerate at breathtaking speeds and experience extreme lift and hangtime, but still count on sophisticated handling of the kite. Hydrofoil and formula board riders will love the SONIC-FR. It is insanely fast and delivers amazing low- and high end performance. For twintip riders it opens up a whole new dimension for airstyle tricks.

Sizing: 11m2 / 15m2 / 18m2 with IKA approval

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Race
Year: 2015
Brand: Flysurfer
Size: 11m, 15m, 18m
Type: Foil
One pump: not in place
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: not in place
Colours: Various
Line length: 21m
Bar length: n.a.
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

There are 3 reviews on this product:

Flysurfer Sonic FR 2015 15m
Name:
Rick 
Weight:
81kg 
Riding style:
big-air  
Years of experience:
11 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
boost
 
SoftStrong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kitefinder.com - 21.08.2015 at 13:39 hour
Comments:
Awesome race kite, but still handles pretty ok. Ass long as you know what you are doing and are an experienced to expert rider. Boost and floats insane as well, easily did 10m high jumps in 15-17 knots, I am guessing many twintip riders will enjoy this kite too.

Thing to notice is to prefill the kite very, very well, it is not as super easy in handling as a Speed4 Lotus kite, where you just pull up the kite and forget everything and it stays super stable above you. When the ears come in on launching, pull in the bar, stall the kite, until they open and then slowly depower again (make sure to have some room to do this on the beach)

Other then that, you need a bit of kite flying skill to jump with the kite, to not let it fly over, since it is super on the edge of the windwindow, but most will have this. Insane kite, gave me back my passion in kitesurfing, using it on kite hydrofoil as well as twintip. 
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Flysurfer Sonic FR 2015 18m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
up wind
 
HardEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 17.08.2015 at 13:51 hour
Comments:
Now I felt the real potential of the Flysurfer Sonic 18m. Had a session in +10 knots of wind. Really great sheet & go jumps and floaty big airs. I believe the Sonic needs airflow around its canopy. Go in the water with light wind the best performance lies in its race capacity. Volume boards or a hydrofoil to gain and hold your speed. In plus 10 knots the Sonic is a real floater. 
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Flysurfer Sonic FR 2015 18m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 5 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kitefinder.com - 11.08.2015 at 10:52 hour
Comments:
The Flysurfer Sonic 18m is a Foil kite for specialists. I did a few sessions, mountain boarding and light wind kiting (6-8 knots) It took me a new 5 sessions to understand its powers.
The Sonic is a high aspect ratio race foil and builds its powers in flying acceleration. Generate a wide wind window for great upwind tacks. Good depower, but less feedback as the Flysurfer Speed4. Less feedback and almost no "sheet and go feeling", that's why you need a great kite feeling to find riding speed in light wind or lift to jump. Keep the profile, generate speed in the profile and you will find the powers you need.

One tip:
Wait for the 'kite pull' snowkiters will understand that famous feeling where you put your ski's or board downhill, kite around 12 hour and your downhill riding speed will generate kite lift.


 
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