Speed 8 and 10 with Lotus Cloth!

From Flysurfer: “They’re here! The SPEED4 Lotus kites in sizes 8.0 and 10.0m. After seeing the high demand for our larger sizes and numerous requests from stoked end-customers, our R&D team went back to the drawing table to further extend the SPEED4 Lotus size option. We are happy to now introduce these two new ram-air kites to the line, just in time for the autumn storms and the snowkite season.”

Lotus speed 4

See the video here

Race manual and packing list for VAKE is out


New this year is a lower weigh limit (LWL).  However it is not yet concluded exactly what this will be. Currently the lower limit is 35 kg packed weight, excluding kites, skis, food, fuel, and the clothes you are wearing at start.

Detailed waypoints are not yet released, and rumors has it it will be at least one new waypoint this year.

Looking at this highly classified image, it should be somewhere around Magistertoppen, North of road 891…

Waypoint rumors

Cloth meets Science

Yes, flysurfer has introduced the Lotus cloth. It is light, strong and supposedly you can not write with a marker on it. Flysurfer, that is not enough information! We want to know more!

So does Prof. Klemet Store who took the matter into his own hands and tested flysurfers three different materials in his advanced cloth lab. (Translate partially by google translate so don’t blame Klemet for the bad English)

cloth 1

“A small test of tear strength and abrasion resistance of standard, deluxe and Lotus.
It was relatively easy to tear the standard cloth and somewhat more difficult to tear the edge of deluxe. It was fun to see that the Lotus was not possible to tear even after several decent attempts. Only slightly deformed material in the Lotus.
Wear test was performed with wet steel wool with 200 rubs  on each piece of cloth. The 50 rubs with dry steel woll See image above for the results.

The Standard cloth seemed to wear fine, but had more spotty wear than deluxe. Deluxe had a smoother surface wear, but no major difference from standard. The lotus had the worst wear resistance.

I still think the tear strength is the most important for a typical speed-kiter, since the wear is minimal during normal use.  I’m most concerned about traumatic incidents like flying the kite into a tree rather than long term. The latter will probably be more relevant for kites used in kite courses. “