Wave kites tend to be less powerful (size for size) than free-ride kites.
Free ride kites can perform quite well in waves.
It may be a while before you need the drift qualities of a wave kite.
I'd consider going for a 9m Swichblade and maybe a 15m Contra (or possibly a 17m Contra, if you are inland or have very light wind, I found the 17m a less fun than the 15m Contra or a 16m Apollo if you can water re-launch well, some good 2017 bargains around.)
These will likely work with your current bar.
With a good quiver of kites you can then start to hone your skills and move onto different boards, such as a wave board if that's your fancy and move onto more specialized kites
Good luck with your choice.
jkite231 wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:10 am
I meant to say a kite suitable for wave riding, as stronger winds usually go with waves, so it would make sense to buy a more specialized kite for stronger winds.. not sure if that reasoning is correct though
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