I can ride my LF kite fish with this kite in light wind. Im guessing anywhere between 12 and 16mph. Man this 9 has some grunt. Also had it in 35 mph and it performed great with a little surf board. Did have to make TE knots all the way out. If your a big dude like me 190lbs than the 9 is the kite. Smaller guys are loving the 7.
I figured out how to make the kite turn 2 different ways. If I pull the bar to make a normal smooth turn, it has smooth consistent power through turn(I do this on my bottom turn). If I give the bar a quick yank(whoop) it pivots right around to the other side (do this when smacking lip).
Also surfs good unhooked.
If your looking for an awesome surf kite give the Method 2 a shot.
Gear: RRD Religion 7m Switch Method V2 9m and 11m RRD Obsession 9m and 12m Blade Trigger 10m RRD Addiction 14m etc... and kitesurfboards (F-One fish 5'2", Underground 5'8", surfboards and a North nugget)
I have the Method V2 9m and 11m.
There are not bad kites, but I don't like them. I don't feel connected to their flying characteristics. Mostly the 11m.
First the good points (for me!): Very well built, goes upwind like a dream, very descent lift for a wave kite and sober and nice graphics.
Not too good points (still for me!): There is some kind of vague feel in the bar (not a clear kite positioning feedback), not a good drifter from far, very fast flying through the wind window, too long bar depower course, slow turning for the 11m even on short lines.
I know that some people love this kite but it's certainly not the ultimate wave kite for every "kite" surfer, I still can say that it has a very specific character which is great. More choice , more kites , more fun.