I did not like the Rebel 08 (I've got a 9, have the 07 7 and 12) for the same reason...it kept stalling on the waves when I was downlooping it at the low end of its range. I took the stupid bungies off and it rides much better, on my last 9 mile downwinder it never stalled whereas a few days before with the bungies on it fell from the sky 3 times in less than a mile. People on this forum seem to think I'm oversheeting but I've been riding Norths since day 1 of the Rhino and I'd never had the issue before. I was ready to bring my 09 back but now I like it just as much as my 07's.
I also retuned the bar with more frontline tension at neutral, I mean even at full power the back lines are a little slack.
Try it. What have you to lose?
So, what the hell happened? The rebel was such a great kite, now in mags and forums, everybody is hyping the 08, but it does not perform. We have to take off the bungees, shorten or lengthen bridals...etc...to make it work.
Why do we pay $1600 for it?
I gave it back. Maybe it works for a certain style of kiting, but then it should be a new kite, not a Rebel.
Rebel 07 is a KICK ASS kite.
I don't want to bash North, but....
(I also have other reasons not to get a 08...but I am nice guy and will not bash them...)