I didn't know there was much terrain in water riding.
Riding these surfaces is akin to riding flat water IMO. Some people look for double overhead and some love cruising.
We do a lot of touring. Personally, when I ride I like to see stuff. This lake has over 200 islands, the technical aspect of navigating them and flying a kite through them offers something that appeals to some of the more die hard snowkiters we see here. Any idiot can ride a steady on shore breeze. It takes a special idiot to fly through some of the places we like to ride.
Between the sight seeing and the sensation of screaming across a lake at 50mph in a pack like a flight of F-18s its a good time.
But you're right. To each their own. Very few kiters are able or willing to banging out 100miles in a day.
We do all right though.