Be careful ascribing any importance to the opinion of the "average" or "Majority" when it comes to the evolution of styles in the sport. This is not a democracy! The average do not lead, they follow, and then only as far as they can. The only influence the "majority" or average kiter has is in aggregate buying trends and tourism dollars. Why in hell would we want the average to have any influence at all on what the advanced riders are doing in any style. Wake, wave and even foiling are all steps up from average. Steps beyond simple functional TT riding for virtually everyone in any other style.
Every sport's development sees its numbers grow, peak and then drop. The bell curve of: early adopters, the masses, and late adopters. Early adopters are the life blood of innovation and development. They are risk takers and generally above average by most athletic measures when it comes to sports. Back in that stage this forum was alive with collaboration. Gear was evolving quickly, and so were skills. Ground was being broken in all kinds of styles. Good times! Real built a massive and awe inspiring slider park. People took it to the surf. Foils were first used. Some of the sports best riding of all time comes from the early adopters and holds its own against the best of today.
Now were at or past the peak of the bell curve. The sport has been proven viable. Gear development has levelled off and its available for the fraction of the cost of a vehicle. The sport has been seen by the masses. There are lesson programs and tourist spots developed around it. The average are inclined to give it a try and the numbers, market, destinations etc grow. Only a percentage will stick with it, but this is the stage of the sport where the ratio of average to advanced riders is at its peak. We see trends toward all-round gear, the development of safety equipment as well as gear for gear's sake. Unboxing becomes a thing! The forum gets trolls and memes. Fashion can pass as innovation as everyone in the industry scrambles to make a buck. This is probably the least interesting phase of a sport with growing pains to figure out if there is such a thing as a viable professional level, while issues of access, crowding and liability arise. Trends in the sport are toward convenience and safety instead of performance. Technical levels of proficiency and difficulty are overshadowed. No one builds massive sliders or kickers! There is still a steady rate of development, but its neither seen or appreciated by the majority. Like a populist rejecting the value of education, the average kiter refuses to reward or respect the truly elite levels of the sport in favour of dumbing it down to look something more like what they do. There is definitely a dark chapter for many in the industry near the end of this phase.
Once past the peak of the bell curve, the numbers go down. The truly addicted and advances will stick with the sport. The companies who survive the down slope will generally last. There will be attrition of the average levels to age and other activities. The ratio of advanced to average riders starts to go back up. There is likely a renaissance in the various styles as the top stuff quietly developing on the fringes during the bulge will get its due as truly exceptional. Each branch of the sport looks back at how cool it was the whole time despite the metaphorical 80's of the sport where it all went plastic.
Wake style is the most difficult form of TT kiting by a long shot. It's hardest on the body, requires the most strength and has some of the worst consequences. Someone will mention mega looping, but lets be real. The real megaloopers are the wake stylers, not the average hooked in rider. Many people will not find handle passes to their taste, but their kidding themselves if they think its no harder than whatever they choose to do.
Only a tiny portion of kiters can unhook on purpose. It's a minor benchmark separating those that can from those that can't. Moving on to inverts and handle passes takes far more skill and ability. Waves have conditions as the benchmark, where those that can't handle it simply don't go. It's always been that way, and it always will be regardless of what the average kiter is into.