It is my first season. I have a 12m, and I am waiting for my 2015 9m to ship
So far 17 knots to 22 knots on my 12m.
When gusts are over 28 i need to shorten my front line so kite is a bit slower and less fun to fly. Though most spot in New York will get very irregular chop/wave which make it hard to edge to jump and such.
Over 35 knots gust I can't hold the kite even depowered (1 knot over). I haven't tried 2 knots, I need that 9 m.
I was a beginner kiter in the summer so if forecast would show any hint above 10 knots we would head over to the beach and wait it out up to 3 hours for the wind to pick up. Probably spent 5 afternoon this summer hanging out at the beach with other desperate kiters.
Now that i am more intermediate, i would say 12 to 17 knots because wind is usually gusty in New York so 15 knots you are going to have some low of 7 where you are going to sit in the water and drift down wind. Then you can wait for a nice gust to jump