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:

“Very impressive kite — I didn’t want to put it down. Massive wind range, amazing upwind angle of attack, incredible boosting with soft landings and fast turning for a foil kite.” // Dray Murray

“Lots of power for the size, stable with lots of upward pull for huge jumps and great upwind ability, perfect for freeride boosting to foiling.” // Pierce Martin

“Super predictable and never had to look for it. Great light bar pressure with middle of the road turning speed and tons of power for a small kite.” // Kelly Grief

Meet Our Testers

TKB Says:

We have long considered the foil kite to be a dedicated tool for racers and light wind kiters, but the Flysurfer Soul has changed the way we look at ram airs for general freeride kiting. Packaging the efficiency of foils with the maneuverability and relaunch of inflatables, the Soul brings freeride kiting to new heights. The Soul has specially designed closed cell vents that once inflated, keep the air in the structure for reliable relaunching on the water. 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-Lite canopy material for the rest of the wing to keep the weight at a minimum.

The Soul impressed testers with its super reliable and comfortable handling that started with light to medium bar pressure which had a fairly intuitive progressive feel for a foil kite. The Soul’s steering response always feels crisp but its steering speed gets significantly faster as you move down in sizes. The Soul does a good job of mimicking the steering of inflatable kites, but at the end of the day the foil has a more pivoty feel that doesn’t build the same power as performance freeride kites. The Soul definitely builds more power as it moves across the window and routinely blew testers’ minds when it came to upwind performance and big air boosting. The Soul likes to sit farther forward in the window which leads to really impressively high upwind angles whether you’re on a twin tip or a foilboard. Testers noted that the Soul always felt super stable overhead and the bar feedback always gave them a sense of the kite’s position. The vertical lift of the Soul in its smaller sizes is absolutely insane, although the timing and turning of the kite take a little bit of adjustment; the only thing holding it back is a rider’s skill level —its actual vertical height in the hands of an aggressive rider can be out of this world. The water relaunch on the Soul requires a bit of faith. Dropping a foil kite in the water never seems like a good idea, but the one-way vents in the canopy do an excellent job of holding air pressure in the baffles and when it comes to relaunching the Soul from the bottom of the window, you can flounder as much as you like, but the Soul stays buoyant and seemed to always come up a winner. Beach launching the Soul was quite easy with the inflation process working flawlessly. This year we saw more freeride kiters crossover into foil territory and the positive response was eye-opening. If you are a big air specialist or a dedicated foilboarder that does some serious distance, it’s about high time you give the Soul a test drive to experience its freeride performance for yourself.

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 offers a medium diameter grip that 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.

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 (note that the extra length of this safety line is designed to get a full flag out even on the largest sized kites). The bar’s power tuning uses a Clam Cleat that allows for adjustable length throw and the tuning toggle has Velcro where the excess slack in the power tuning line attaches to the cleat to keep things clean. All bar lines end in loops that lark 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 fairly dense EVA grip with some good texture and the smaller-sized bar ends are hard plastic and have 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: www.flysurfer.com/products/


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