The Ride would be a great kite for you, but that's way too big of a gap in sizes. 12m and 9m would be a lot better. As a beginner, you probably shouldn't go out when the wind is high enough to need a 7m.
I have a 10 and 8 meter Ride. I think it is the best kite to start to kite. Easy to launch, fly and jump. Also if you look around you can find them for $500 US new for a 8 meter. Get the Universal bar .
We use Rides for lessons at our kite school.. The kite is very light due to only having 2 struts , so even the smallest sizes will fly in light winds. This makes it great for teaching lighter people in lighter winds. I think it's an excellent beginner kite if you're under around 170 pounds.
However, the usual feedback that we get from our heavier students, and customers who demo this kite is that it doesn't have enough grunt. The 2 strut frame just doesn't have enough rigidity to deal with all the beginner inefficiencies at higher weights. It may still work well for cruising or riding waves , but i wouldn't recommend it to heavier guys starting out.