well, i've seen guys ripping hard on the arx and ripping even harder with the x2 ....
same day, there was this dude - ar5 - homemade wooden wakeboard - and he ripped like hell.
if u test some of the 2002 stuff, there are improvements - the kites relaunch better, have more lift, take gusts better, don't stall that much --- something happened.
but you're right.
for most of the riders, the 2nd kite-season started, for most kite-brands, too - there's much more to devellop and invent - many more things will happen.
the 2001 kites are good ones, though.
and they don't get any worse, just cause the X2 exists
so, dude - rip hard and show these guys what really matters - the rider skills!