I am currently bringing some FS's into SA and I posted the following question to Frank Schuett, the Director of International Sales for Flysurfer. I think this answers some of the questions relating to when reviews will be released, and some relating to pro riders only on LEI's which have been asked here as of late.
Out of interest sake, when are Flysurfer finally going to get some kites out to the magazines and international pro's for reviews.
There are no official reviews, and i know a lot of people who are waiting to see the review on this kite with baited breath.
It is in the making...
FlySurfer has received top grades in magazine tests (Stance, kiteboard mag, kiteboarding, kitesurf mag, etc) for 2001 MastAir and 2002 WARRIOR.
PSYCHO will, of course, be tested by all magazines after it's official release.
Our importer's web site's and dealer recommendations have strongest impact. Reader reviews of private riders in the forums are important, too, and FlySurfer usually gets top grades.
Competitions / Pro Riders : With the PSYCHO FS presents it's first dedicated competition kite which allows for more vertical lift and longer hang times than any high performance kite on the market.
While ram air kites have had a reputation of being powerful and fast, previous models did indeed not satisfy top riders in regard to lift and hangtime. So we had no chance to win any top rider to fly our kites so far despite much interest from popular riders such as Peter Trow, Manu Bertin, Ted Bautista and Chuck Patterson.
All of these are long-time friends of mine from the early days of kiteboarding (I started tests with Manu and Dominique Legagnoux over 6 years ago in Cabarete) and acknowledged the many advantages of FlySurfer kites and the steadily increasing sales worldwide. At the same time they argued that magazine coverage, except for test reviews and advertisement, will depend on a high performance kite which "shaves top rider's asses".
...so here is the PSYCHO.
I am currently discussing sponsoring with 3 worldclass riders. I am confident that the hype around the PSYCHO and simply it's superior performance will change things in this last remaining sector of the industry before the end of the year.
FLYSURFER : AHEAD OF IT'S TIME !
Looks like we could see a couple of the pro's competing on Psycho's in the near future. Should be interesting to see.
Hope that helped guys