@ Westozzy - I've already put in my request to attend the next shoot so I can kite there. No wetsuit, clear water, sand! All Switch kites are 5th line capable.
@ Plummet - Thanks for your support!
@ Foilholio - If you have a pic of an inflato with a Spider bridle, please post it. Always interested to see what others have tried. Switch Labs is working on some very exciting new projects. Our thinking is only influenced by broad experience, experimentation and practicality. I stand by my comments on strutless. It has a niche and is interesting but I see it as an unnecessary compromise for the mainstream. I love foils and have designed many (Slingshot B Series and many others.) I've attached a pic of a proto I still use as a desktop (note the rider - Felix.) Again, I see the complexity, expense and compromise unnecessary for the mainstream but they do have potential. At Switch, we've decided to leave foils to the paragliding experts for now.
Dihedral provides inherent roll stability with a self-compensating lift differential at the expense of lift-losing spanwise flow. It works great in some aircraft, Turkey Vultures and single line kites. In multiple-line kites, it is uneeded since the lines provide a far greater degree of roll stability. I have tried it several times and found absolutely no benefit for kiteboarding use. So, you might say I'm stuck in my ways but it is based on experience rather than prejudice. Thanks for your support!
@ Mede - We have been testing Spider bridles on all of our SLE models.
@ Flysurfing - Thanks! There is more on this subject on the Switch forum
@ Pmaggie - We are always looking to improve. The Spider is a result of that effort.
@ JBZ - Agree that time will tell. Thanks!