I received my Waves last week and yesterday I finally got to try the 6.5. My initital impression is that it is a great kite in many ways!
I come straight from LEI kites(Switch Element5 5+7) for waveriding but had about 2 seasons on HQ Matrixx+Neo3 foil kites years ago. I left the foils because they didn't work for me in the waves. This thread got me interested so I ordered the 4.5+6.5 and sold my LEIs
I thought it could be fun to list my first impressions coming straight from LEIs before it all blurs up. Setup was factory setting on the front bridle and second knot from the top on the steering lines. Conditions I guestimate to have been 8-12 m/s, clean sideshore bordering to a little offshore. Because of lower wind than anticipated and the wind direction we only had a small shore break to play with. Board is an early planing Paipo kind of board. Other kites out where 8 and 9 m2. I was from lightly powered to fully powered but always enough. Played shortly with the bar trim but left it all out.
First things noticed:
No backstall with no trim and bar all in.
Bar pressure - and lots of it! The description from Stef of 2-line kite feeling is a good description.
Sheeting power: the kite generates lots of power by sheeting in. Very similar to a LEI.
Turning: very nimble. It has been a while since I've flown the LEI 7m2, since I mostly used the 5, but I think I will claim that it's just as quick. Maybe I even like the turn of this one better because of the power delivery. But you have to give more bar input. You get a great deal of power by diving the kite and you do not have to sheet out to climb up again.
Great upwind abilities and I thought my LEIs where very good in this department. I think the Wave is better.
Sheeting range: Smaller than on the Elemen5s which means shorter travel between full/less power. This is good news for using my trimless bar also consindering I didn't have to trim during the changing conditions.
Collapses: I had 3 collapses. 2 on the outside by flying the kite high while jibing on a large rolling swell so I got too much under the kite. 1 by falling in and not keeping bar pressure in the shadow of the point. This is a gusty place but I don't think my LEI would have stalled in either situation. The good thing was that it was very controlled and sorted out before the kite hit the water all 3 times.edit: the kite didn't hit the water. It sorted out and I could steer it up again. I never had the kite on the water so I don't know about relaunch.
Solo land: Very difficult! I'm fully familiar with backstalling foils down and staking them out with what ever at hand and find this feature a unique selling point of foils. This kite does not like to stay on the ground so the 2 landings I did ended up with me climbing up a front/front+back line to get to the kite.
I've put together a quick video of some connecting turns. I know you can't see the kite movement across zenith but maybe you can still get an idea of how the kite moves when you try to catch waves.