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grigorib
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Buying new twintip in US - from Spleene to Flysurfer?

Postby grigorib » Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:29 pm

I've been a happy 200+ lbs strictly-hooked rider of Spleene RIP 137x42 since I got it in 2013. I ride hard, boost high, I love how board bites into water, how light it is, how large spray I can squeeze and how high it sends me but board started giving up on me.

Switching from Spleene Door to Flydoor few years back was a very positive experience for me so I'm thinking of getting Flysurfer Radical6 138x42.5cm

Any thoughts and comments on the board?
Any other board you'd consider a better option and why?

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Re: Buying new twintip in US - from Spleene to Flysurfer?

Postby Da Yoda » Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:09 pm

grigorib wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:29 pm
Any thoughts and comments on the board?
Any other board you'd consider a better option and why?
Since you're located in the US, I'd look at brands and boards that are well distributed here and have a distributer and/or rep that knows what it takes to run an effective business. From demos, to parts, to warranty! As far as I'm concerned, Flysurfer is a joke here in the US.
So many better options! :thumb:

grigorib
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Posts: 2020
Joined: Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:12 pm
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Local Beach: OBX; Clinton Lake, IL; Lake Michigan; Tawas, MI; SPI; La Ventana
Gear: Kites: Slingshot Rally 5/7/9/11m, Slingshot Turbine 9m, Flysurfer Speed4 10m standard, Peter Lynn Venom II ARC 16m
Boards: Spleene RIP 37, Flysurfer Flydoor5 XL, Slingshot/Moses 80/91/105cm masts 590/683s wings, Tim's 36" "woody", Slingshot Micro 3'6", MBS Comp 95x

For sale: Slingshot SST 5m 2018 $400, Slingshot SST 6m 2018 $480, Slingshot SST 9m 2019 $625, Slingshot RPM 11m 2018 $600, Core XR4 10m $900, Core XR4 13.5m $980, Core XR4 17m $1075, Slingshot Turbine 5m 2017 like new $450, BROkite carbon board 140x44cm like new complete $650, Slingshot Rally 6m 2017 like new $530, 2019 Slingshot Guardian 17" brand new $260, 2018 Slingshot Guardian 20" bar $190
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Re: Buying new twintip in US - from Spleene to Flysurfer?

Postby grigorib » Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:15 pm

My US Flysurfer dealer is amazing and has fueled my addiction since my first year on water. Timely, precise, knowledgeable, reliable, not greedy, has parts and is true kite addict - exactly what I need from a dealer. The Flydoor has behaved super well and not being carbon is better than one (which he told me right away when I was buying Spleene door first but I was too focused on getting carbon)

My other option is Crazyfly Raptor LTD 136x41 - a tad lighter board but smaller than what I ride and a bit more pricey

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Gear: Kites: Slingshot Rally 5/7/9/11m, Slingshot Turbine 9m, Flysurfer Speed4 10m standard, Peter Lynn Venom II ARC 16m
Boards: Spleene RIP 37, Flysurfer Flydoor5 XL, Slingshot/Moses 80/91/105cm masts 590/683s wings, Tim's 36" "woody", Slingshot Micro 3'6", MBS Comp 95x

For sale: Slingshot SST 5m 2018 $400, Slingshot SST 6m 2018 $480, Slingshot SST 9m 2019 $625, Slingshot RPM 11m 2018 $600, Core XR4 10m $900, Core XR4 13.5m $980, Core XR4 17m $1075, Slingshot Turbine 5m 2017 like new $450, BROkite carbon board 140x44cm like new complete $650, Slingshot Rally 6m 2017 like new $530, 2019 Slingshot Guardian 17" brand new $260, 2018 Slingshot Guardian 20" bar $190
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Re: Buying new twintip in US - from Spleene to Flysurfer?

Postby grigorib » Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:38 pm

Suggestions please?

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Re: Buying new twintip in US - from Spleene to Flysurfer?

Postby Da Yoda » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:46 pm

grigorib wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:15 pm
My US Flysurfer dealer is amazing and has fueled my addiction since my first year on water. Timely, precise, knowledgeable, reliable, not greedy, has parts and is true kite addict - exactly what I need from a dealer.
I've heard dealers east of the Mississippi have had good experiences with Flysurfer. Flysurfer doesn't do a good job servicing west of the Mississippi from my experience. Regardless, I'm sure they're good boards.

Moving forward, they're a lot of good freeride boards on the market right now. If you like the asymmetrical shape concept of the Radical, you might want to check out the Naish Switch.

I got to demo some freeride boards at AWSI and the one's that stood out to me were Eleveight's Master (also available in a carbon version), Core's Fusion4, Duotone's Select (also available in carbon), and F-One's Trax HRD (also available in carbon).
These boards are available ranging from 137-139cm.
I hope that helps a bit if you want some other brands/models to consider. Crazyfly makes some great boards too, so I can't knock them. Also Litewave's Kick-S 139 might be worth checking out. Good luck! :thumb:


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