I fully agree that it is more the rider than anything else that wins competitions.
However, Youri, Andy or Kevin would not win the tour on a bow kite i reckon.
I know that a lot of brands want their top riders to ride the kites they sell most. SS always wanted Youri and Andy to ride the RPM. Andy refused and Youri did. Not sure if Youri preferred the RPM ( Open C) over the Fuel, you would have to ask him about that.
Will be interesting to see his performance on the Best 'C-kite'.