Sizes Available: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 18, 21m
Sizes Tested: 7, 9, 15, 18m

Flysurfer Says:

The SOUL combines high comfort with a sporty character. The inspiring lightweight kite construction blended with precise control and bar feedback convinces on every terrain. Highest stability and the great water relaunch make your daily session truly user-friendly. The new way of kiting, pure fun without limits!

Visit for more info: https://flysurfer.com/project/soul/


TKB Says:

The Flysurfer Soul is back with its rule-breaking formula that blends ram-air pulling performance with LEI-like handling and groundbreaking light wind performance. The Soul uses two types of canopy fabrics with a tougher DLX canopy material on the leading edge to withstand abrasion and the lighter weight X-light canopy material for the rest of the wing to keep the weight at a minimum. One of the key selling points of the Soul is its longevity over LEI kites with adjustable bridles designed to be tuned for optimal performance over a longer life span. We learned to inflate the Soul on the ground and found that with partial inflation it was quite easy for the Soul to finish its inflation into a rigid canopy in the air without any of the usual stalling and accelerating tricks.

When it comes to threshold sessions, the most impressive aspect of the Soul is its capability of staying in the air in about 4.5 knots. That is the jagged edge that separates the kiter who can foilboard out to a wind line and those who stand on the beach watching with envy. That might sound crazy, but the Soul stayed in the air during the lulls and delivered just enough pull in the gusts to waterstart and get the apparent wind machine going for just about the lightest wind session we’ve ever had. The Soul works hard to introduce LEI handling to the performance of foil technology and the bar offers up nice and light bar pressure that is easy on your arms after long sessions. The Soul loves to fly at the edge of the window giving you incredible upwind angles and offers extremely solid zenith stability that can handle up and downwind legs with ease. One of the hallmark characteristics with the Soul is its wide range of power control. When the wing begins to make power you can feel a tremendous amount of pull, yet you also have really impressive depower that allows you to dump everything. The Soul gives you the best aspects of a light wind beast while avoiding the downsides of raw power. In exchange for extreme power efficiency and upwind riding you don’t get a ton of drift. Big foil kites do not like drifting or losing line tension and feel a little less comfortable when not being flown aggressively in the middle of the window. The steering on the Soul is quite good compared to some of the race foils we have experienced, with turn initiation feeling crisp, while the turning speed ranges across the various sizes of kites. When you get into the larger sized Souls you will find that the turning isn’t quite as fast as similarly sized LEI kites, but that matters little because those kites couldn’t have stayed aloft in our conditions and were sitting pumped up on the beach. In lighter conditions, you can feel how the kite’s turning dynamics work, with one side of the kite braking and the other accelerating. This gives you the ability to induce a tight pivot turn if you use aggressive bar input and is quite helpful when you are trying to wring every ounce of power out of dying wind. The lightest of sessions work best with a lower aspect foilboard wing which combines the extra early lift from the board and the extra grunt from the Soul to hit foil-up speed. Once you have the Soul flying forward, the apparent wind takes over and the Soul has more power than you need. Twin tip riding is also extremely fun on a light wind board because the Soul defines the line when kiting is possible but also delivers impressive lift for small to medium-sized jumping in the lowest wind range that would otherwise seem improbable.

The relaunch on the Soul is nothing short of incredible. We dumped the Soul at least five times in variable conditions that sporadically cursed us with 4-knot lulls and yet the wing popped back into the air every time. For those that are skeptical about foil kites and water, the Soul’s inflation system keeps the kite inflated rock hard on the water’s surface for a very long time. Relaunch just required pulling on one side of the bar and the wing would dog-ear up on one side and then pull the wing back into the air, fairly deep in the window for a reliable relaunch over and over. The Soul has water drainage vents, but we’re not even sure that we needed those after just a minute or two in the water. At one point when the Soul was pointed nose down in the water at the bottom of the window, we pulled on both outside leader lines and reverse launched the Soul quite easily.

Foils have always been an acquired taste that have required certain handling tradeoffs for high-performance pulling power, but the Soul changes that equation. With less compromise and more performance, you get a freeride wing that is capable of boosting some big airs with incredible hangtime and is very comfortable for all-around cruising. When you combine the low-level wind required to keep this wing in the air with its reliable relaunch, there’s really no reason to not give the Soul a chance as your go-to light wind option.

The Soul can be flown with Flysurfer’s new Force bar or the Infinity bar, depending on which mix of features is most important to you.

Flysurfer’s Force bar received a complete redesign last year and returns with a solid blend of function and comfort in a clean package. The Force comes in three different dual adjustment length sizes; small, medium and large (small 40-48cm, medium 47-55cm and large 55-63cm). The bar features single centerline depower with a double plastic-coated throw/power lines that automatically unwinds any twists in the center lines when you sheet in all the way. The push away quick release features an above the bar swivel that also doubles as a quick-release guard, with the quick release being 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 a nice EVA padded grip that is medium in diameter and gets a little thicker towards the center. It has a plastic nylon replaceable center 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 that testers found somewhat firm but good for attaining a good balance of grip. The bar ends have integrated foam floats and the option to adjust the effective bar length 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 the 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. The Force’s control bar features add comfort, durability and increased safety for a top of the line system that testers would gladly take out and use for extended sessions.

Visit for more info on the bar: https://flysurfer.com/project/force-control-bar/

The Soul can also be ridden with the Infinity bar which is a dual adjustable length bar (50/60cm) with a single centerline safety flag depower and a double spectra trim/throw line that splits through the bar’s aluminum insert to integrate an auto-rotating swivel. The safety system uses a simple push away quick release with a below the bar auto swivel, a safety travel guard, a center routed safety depower and a donkey stick. The center routed safety line runs up through the center a good ways and attaches to one of the center lines for a complete flag out (note that the extra length of this safety line is designed to achieve full flag out on even the largest sized kites). The bar’s power tuning uses a Clam Cleat that allows for its adjustable length throw and the tuning toggle has Velcro so that the excess slack in the power tuning line can attach to the cleat to keep things clean. All bar lines end in loops that larks head around small stainless rings on the kite’s bridle. Changing the length of the bar is incredibly easy by simply sliding the floats up and changing the knot to the inboard or outboard end of the bar. There are three knots for adjusting the length of the outside line lengths — it just requires sliding up the foam floats and moving the bar’s slip knot onto the desired setting (stock is the shortest knot). The color-coding on the bar is subtle; the left (port) is signaled by red leader lines and the right side of the grip is green (starboard). The bar grip features a fairly dense EVA grip with some good texture and the smaller sized bar ends are hard plastic with separate foam floats. The overall bar weight is light to medium and the balance of options and streamlined designed makes this a straightforward but rich control system with functional features.

Visit for more info on the bar: https://flysurfer.com/project/infinity-control-bar/


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