this is almost the same as riding a modern hybrid C kite with a bridle, you get the C kite experience, but the tensioned 5th line acts to depower the kite when you push out the bar
I'm not sure I agree with this, the 5th line does act to support the LE but not for depower. With a 5th line the leading edge can be made smaller which improves aerodynamic performance and the 5th line will help to stabilise the shape of the kite when loaded up for jumps/turns/loops which improve stability and power delievery. Depower on a modern C kite is due to the shape of the kite. I have a set of 2006 Naish Ravens which have a loaded 5th line but have minimal depower traditionally associated with C kites.
Then after you learn how to ride a C kite you can go back to a bridled kite
From what I've seen people rarely do this - if you can fly a bridled kite you can easily fly a C kite and vice versa.
but Fuel and Torch are completely different kites
I what way?....both look pretty similar to me - I've never flown a Fuel but pretty sure it isn't hard, its just a kite at the end of the day all the same rules apply? Maybe not great for a beginner but if you can fly a bridled kite to a competent standard then you'll have no problems with any modern C kite
With regard to Torches, I like them because:
1. No canopy distortion when under load
2. Predictable - same characteristics across a wide wind range hooked and unhooked
3. Not too agressive, smooth power delievery
4. Direct feed back through the bar
5. Very well behaved when unhooked, not a constant pull
Yeah - take a wrong turn on the Vegas and it will start looping you onto the beach even in marginal wind
Really? Vegas's are very popular at my beach and I've never seen anything like this happen - infact alot of the beginners that move onto them absolutely love them