MJ was top 5 (?) on last year PKRA with the Combat v1
this year, so far, is going 2nd between Youri and Pastor
personally don´t beleive you can compete at PKRA level if your gear is not solid
Does a wake style kite really need much performance? This is a serious question. I'm not a wake styler. All I see in the vids is blokes riding with kites parked and then thy pop some unhooked rotations with the kite still parked. Seems to me that a wakes style kite needs very limited performance. It just needs sit there.
So the riders skill is the biggest impact as apposed to the kite he is flying. Compare this to course racing. You are screwed if you don't have a competitive kite. No matter how good you are.
Don´t see performance as only about aerodynamic efficiency, but something in the broad sense that will maximize the rider potential, either on wake-style, wave riding, airsytle or racing. And all these things look for different tools.
Tend to agree that gear could impact more in racing than on something valued on style, but still believe the differences between those guys at the top of their level are slim and would not accommodate an ´inferior in performance´ (/less suitable for the intend) kite.
Would had Youri won the PKRA if he was flying a Rally?
I do agree that Switch has less pedigree than some others, but in my opinion they are showing their game on C kites where it counts.
I don´t ride Switch and didn´t particularly liked the Element V1 I tried.