C Johnson wrote:
Sure looks A LOT like a speed 2.
I wonder if spleene licensed the design from flysurfer or possibly started with it and made some minor improvements like bridle/mixer mods.
The major difference between a Speed2 and the Speene X19 are the jet-flaps, one of the few (but major) patents Armin has on the FS designs. Foils have a long history dating from the very beginnings of kiting. Flysurfer has been the most active at taking and improving over everything that turned up. I think in particular of the clever UDS system that was an add-on proposed by a Swiss aeronautical engineer to improve the handling, speed and depower of early Flysurfer kites. FS Speed2 bridle system was inspired by it.
I still have old Psycho1 (9 and 12.5) which in terms of pure performance (and sheer beauty) matches the latest Speed design. It was known as the bitchiest of all kites... till you installed the UDS.