Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10, 12m

Flysurfer Says:

Do not waste any time, forget about settings and just go out and have fun. This is what the STOKE is all about. Designed and tested by a young team of riders with different skill sets, this 3-strut LEI kite has a completely revised profile, a new Short Bridle System and a sturdy High-Load Force Frame. Its all about versatility.

Explosive jumps, huge unhooked pop, intuitive handling, dependable depower and endless drift, the STOKE gives you power on demand and lets you make the most of every situation. A kite that feels like an extension of your body, constantly providing the feedback you need and reacting to your inputs even with minimal line tension. The STOKE is a pure powerhouse designed for everyone from real athletes who want to push the boundaries to the weekend warrior working on their style.

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Our Testers Say:

“Great drift, easy slack line turning — an excellent option for those that primarily surf and foil but it also allows you to do a bit of everything with a compact and lightweight control bar.” // Pierce Martin

“Super stable, consistent power, large sweet spot for lift and good hangtime, nice pivotal turns with medium power and keeps line tension at all times with good drift.” // Dray Murray

“This kite flies like every kite should — great for the surfer and occasional jumper with power when you want it, lighter bar pressure, drifts you down the line and then takes you quickly back upwind.” // Kelly Grief

Meet Our Testers

TKB Says:

The Stoke is back in our freeride test as a 3-strut medium aspect crossover kite that skillfully covers the domains of general freeride, surf and carve/swell-focused foilboarding. The Stoke comes with a push-button valve that requires a larger proprietary nozzle that rotates/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/up position for the valve to be closed, and if you forget to close the valve before inflating 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; but you will want to screw in the protective guard to prevent sand contamination when the kite is on the beach. The front bridle features a single setting that utilizes a pulley to assist in changing the kite’s angle of attack. Both the front bridle attachment pigtails and the wingtip attachment point ends in knots. The wingtip offers riders three attachment points for tuning the kite’s steering force with the stock position located in the center and less force required towards the end of the wingtip. The Stoke canopy features a fair amount of dacron with a sturdy dacron trailing edge and two short battens on each side of the kite.

The first thing we noticed about the Stoke is how it artfully blends crisp steering with good range and consistent power for a fun but exciting ride in a variety of conditions. The Stoke offers reasonably progressive power delivery with a little bit more power delivery when the bar is sheeted close in. In terms of turning, the steering response feels crisp and immediate while the turning speed is middle of the road to fast which makes for solid/ nimble flying characteristics that give the rider confidence — the Stoke is capable of being exactly where you need it to be. The lift on the Stoke is not that of a high performance freeride big air machine, but it’s not too shabby either. In the hands of a skilled rider with ample power the Stoke can send some pretty big jumps that are guaranteed to keep the average freeride kiter happy in bump and jump sessions. With good hangtime and crisp steering the Stoke is a very capable boosting companion for riders of all skill levels with flying and turning speeds that keep things exciting but never scary. The Stoke really begins to shine in surf and carving; it’s drift, good depower and comfortable and controlled flying in the middle of the window makes this a pocket player that works quite well for surf and foilboarders that like to do more than race upwind like a statue (read carve swell and surf). On the few waist-high waves we scored, the Stoke drifted and faded quite well on cutbacks, eating up excess line slack, responded to steering inputs without tons of tension and was always ready to set up for the next hit. The relaunch on the Stoke was quite dependable; with a little bit of pressure on one side of the bar, the kite wanted to immediately flip over from nose down at the bottom of the window and taxi for a gentle relaunch. If we put extreme bar pressure on one side of the bar, the Stoke flipped and hot launched deep from the window, which is confidence-inspiring for those clutch recoveries in between set waves. Overall, the Stoke artfully straddles a few worlds with its strength hiding how well it performs in each niche. The Stoke could be your dedicated wave kite, but it could also follow a freeride kiter from zero to hero jumps while satisfying any freeride foilboarding fetishes you develop along the way.

The Stoke 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.

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The Stoke 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 below the bar auto swivel, safety travel guard, and center routed safety depower and 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 on even 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 that allows the excess slack in the power tuning line to 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 and feature 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.

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