Dont want to jump this post, but i have been riding 09 nemesis's and was thinking of looking into the kahoona. I like the nemi, but was looking for something different. anyone know how they compare.
The feel of these two kites are quite different, you should defiantly try the Kahoona. I love the kite, it´s soo playful, and still a good jumper. But it turns in a tighter circle and with less power in the turn than the HP. I think it has a bit more low end. The TS will probably feel more familiar since it also has more power in the turns, but also has a bit more unhooked stability, and better for tacking.
The kahoona on the other hand is more playful and forgiving. It makes me whanna puch my riding and ride the kite a lot more aggressive even if the conditions are crazy. Both kites have good top end, the V4 will feel a bit more solid overpowered, than earlier models due to deeper wingtips. So also good for overpowered jumps, but the HP will lift you a bit higher. That said the lift and hangtime in the Kahoona is still very good. Maybe a slightly bit more bar pressure I think, but far form to heavy, just let you feel were the kite is.
For waves it´s better - better downwind drift. The relaunch is easier - as easy as it gets.
I use the GP a lot these days but have hundreds of days on the Kahoona, and will never stop riding it I think. Just love that playfull and friendly feel! And it always does what it´s suppose to when the conditions gets ruff. When you crash the kite, it normally just sits on it´s wingtip depowered (when you don´t crash t straight in the windwindow - but even then kind and easy to handle and relaunch), waiting to be relaunched. So I find it a nice kite to practice new stuff on as well.
It´s fast enough to catch you nicely after a kiteloop, and is not going to kill you so easy to puch the loops more aggressively and the kite further down in the loop before you send it up to catch you again. The V3 and the V4 have the B-setting so they can be made slower - it helps a bit unhooked and for handlepasses, but of course not a C-kite so not that kind of stability and slack, but the friendlyness makes you still want to puch and easy to still make the trick even it you make a misstake (be course of the pivot turning - a tight circle) it will not pull that much when you oversteer it catching the bar again.