Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12m
Sizes Tested: 7, 9m
The STOKE is explosive, versatile and dynamic. This all rounder offers sporty performance, reacting fast to rider inputs. The kite has an awesome bar feeling and is suited to enthusiasts shredding waves or stomping freestyle moves. We have made a deliberate effort to reduce the number of adjustment options and keep it simple. We have spent time finding the perfect trim for each kite size. There is no need to think about settings, just get on the water and make the most of it. The fine tuning within the line up make certain sizes more suited to certain disciplines. The 12 and 10m have freestyle genes, where as the 8 and 7m are designed for mega loops and big airs. The 6 and 5m shine in the waves. And the 9m is the ultimate all rounder! This should help you pick the perfect quiver with ease! In order to push limits, you need complete confidence in your equipment. We have given the STOKE sufficient depower and created a bar feeling that makes the kite seem like an extension of your body. This progressive control together with a linear power delivery provide the most intuitive handling required for big loops, massive unhooked tricks and handling overhead surf.
Visit for more info: https://flysurfer.com/project/stoke2
We tested the Stoke two years ago, but the 2020 features a number of design changes along with the Force control bar, an entirely new bar that ratchets up the features and comfort for the Stoke. The 2020 Stoke features a slightly higher aspect canopy than before with a low to medium 3-strut frame and leading edge that sweeps back into the wingtips, vaguely reminiscent of a bow style shape. The 2020 model features new trailing edge construction and a nice medium diameter leading edge with the Free Flow high volume inflation valve. The valve features the large proprietary nozzle that rotate locks into the valve and has a spring tensioned push button that opens and closes the valve. This system works great, just note that the button should be in the outward position for the valve to be closed, and remember to close the valve before inflating, or you’ll lose all the air when you disconnect the pump. The one thing we noticed about this valve is that Flysurfer has located it farther forward on the leading edge surface than other brands and this makes it much easier to access and attach the hose during inflation; just be sure that you put the guard in place to prevent sand contamination when the kite is on the beach.
The Stoke features nice short bridles that can’t physically tangle around the wingtips, as well as a protective device around the wingtip edge called a ‘non-snag pad’ to prevent any tangles. The single setting front bridle features a slider pulley and the attachment pigtail on the front bridle ends in a knot, while the attachment on the back ends in a knot as well. There are three wingtip settings to adjust between steering force; you will get less steering force as you go farther out. The Stoke has two battens on each side of the canopy with strong trailing iinedge dacron and extra dacron along the wingtip of the leading edge.
Billed as both a freeride and surf kite, the Stoke proved to be quite fun in the surf sphere. The kite has nice medium bar pressure and offers progressive and smooth power delivery along the throw of the bar, which we found to be really comfortable for sheeting and the overall power delivery for this kite. The Stoke offers a long bar throw which gives you full power control within three to four inches of your harness; all the way out you get a lot of depower with this kite. The Stoke has a fairly tight pivoting radius turn and while the turning response is fairly crisp, it does take a little bit more pulling on the bar to initiate turns in comparison to some of the other pure surf performance kites submitted for Tkb’s test. Turning speed on this kite is reliabily middle of the road so even in the smaller kite sizes, the Stoke is not scary fast, which makes for solid and reliable steering that allows you to put the kite where it needs without any surprises. We noticed a bit more bar pressure in aggressively turning the kite than you do in just general riding, but the kite feels agile enough to put the kite where it needs to be in the surf and with a tight turning radius which makes the kite quite usable in the surf. The Stoke seemed to have good drift going down the line and it was really easy to keep the kite powered and maintain line tension. Downloops were comfortable and easy — we just made a mental note to be a little bit more aggressive with pulling on the bar with our inputs. The Stoke wants to sit in a medium position in the window, not too far back nor too far forward, which is probably a component of its freeride pedigree. Its power range felt pretty gutsy with good low-range grunt and good depower for throwing the kite across the window as you approach the wave. The Stoke does an excellent job of straddling freeride and surf. It’s responsive enough for surf, but steady for freestyle and freeride cruising. We found the Stoke’s dependability and power deliver quite fun for side-on conditions and a solid option in the surf, as well as a good option for crossing over into foiling and freeriding.
The Force bar features a completely new redesign will all new rigging and parts for this year, and comes in three different sizes; small, medium and large (small 40-48cm, medium 47-55cm and large 55-63cm). The bar features a single center line depower with a double plastic-coated throw. The push away quick release features an above the bar swivel that also doubles as a quick release guard, so you can untangle the lines easily after quick tacks or chicken jibes. The quick release is fairly easy to reassemble with two hands — just lift the gate, insert the loop, push down on a stainless tab with your thumb and let the gate slide back into place. The Force features a low V and a clam cleat power adjustment with a bungee built into the end of the power line so that the toggle stays relatively close. The bar features an all new grip that is really nice, with a medium diameter that gets a little thicker towards the center. It has a plastic nylon replaceable insert which features a smooth transition between the insert and the grip to avoid any discomfort. The grip has a rubbery feel with an indented pattern which is nice and plush while attaining a good balance of grip. The bar ends have integrated foam floats with adjustable lengths by just pulling out a plastic tab on the bottom of the bar and swapping the insert’s orientation. It’s also got bungees that stow away but are easy to access and keep lines nice and clean. The flying lines on the Force bar are crisp and thin which we surmise would be efficient through the air. Both outside steering lines and inside lines end in larks heads, so there’s no foolproof connection scheme. Overall, the Force is a major upgrade to FS’s previous control bar that was mainly focused on function. The Force’s control bar features add comfort, durability and increased safety for a top of the line system that we would gladly take out and use for extended sessions.
Visit for more info on the bar: https://flysurfer.com/project/force-control-bar