At A Glance
The Flydoor4 from Flysurfer is arguably the board that started it all, the first huge twin tip on the market it coupled brilliantly with their large kites to provide an amazing platform in light winds. The board has changed considerably over the years and now features a fair bit of design tech compared to the first ever model. The board is the only one in the test to be asymmetrical, both in its shape and the fin placement. The footstraps are also on the heelside edge to help you engage the rail. In addition to all this is an 8cm fin in the centre of the heelside edge of the board to help it go upwind.
On The Water
The Flydoor4 is an impressive bit of kit, it literally flies upwind, with the 8cm fin really working to give the board extra drive and bite. Flysurfer also make a race board with an even bigger retractable fin. The advantage of this smaller one though is you don’t need to worry about it, you can just forget it is there and get on with riding. The board has parabolic rails which keep the tips wide and ensure there is plenty of planing surface where you need it. It’s not a carving machine, but it is fast and it does get going incredibly early. Jumps are OK too and the board is certainly fun to ride. It is the upwind ability where the Flydoor4 really wins though, if you are going to do some twin tip racing this year, this would be the board for it.
Amazing upwind performer that is fast and fun to ride, gets going incredibly early and the asymmetric design keeps things comfortable.
This review was in Issue 38 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Flysurfer
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By Rou ChaterRou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!