I have flown the 7,9 and 11m in South Africa extensively by now. That the kite performs awesome in waves is well known by know and honestly I did not expect otherwise from a design from Peter. However, I want to comment a bit on other aspects that this kite has to offer.. Hope you enjoy.
I have been riding for 6+ years now and my riding style is a mixture of everything. From waveriding on my surfboard to some unhooked freestyle on my twintip. I would classify myself as an experienced rider but by no means an expert. Looking around me there are so many talented young riders pushing it nowadays....
With the spitfires I use an OR 2011 freestyle bar with 21m lines simply because this bar is probably the best on the market to date. I suggest Caution should have a look at this specific bar
Stability: Incredible, I do not know what Peter has done to achieve this but it is insane. Even if you completely mess up a trick and lines go slack it will just stay in the air ready for another attempt. Also the kite drifts incredibly well when riding hard towards it on your directional. I really appreciate this kind of stability. More fun, less chance of dropping your kit in the waves and overall it gives the confidence to push yourself a bit.
Unhooking: Very important to me as it is just part of my fun on the water. The kite does it incredibly well. No backstall at all in this kite. Even better unhooking than the MayhemX last year. After a good pop the kite provides a short slack in power for the young guns to throw their passes. The pop is not as aggressive as for example a fuel but for a bridled kite I must say i am really impressed and confident that the Spitfire performs really good for the newschool-young-guns.
Speed: Compared to other kites on the market the Spitfire scores high on fast steering and forward flying speed. Size for size, it is less fast however compared to the Mayhem X of last year. (Mayhem X was probably one of the fastest kites ever together with the C4 of Ozone).
Loops: It goes round in a nice arc and thus delivering a nice boost during kiteloops. Especially the pull generated during unhooked loops is a big improvement over the MayhemX. It really "whips" you in the air after the pop which is just a great feeling. Be prepared to land wind lots of speed. Especially the 11m and 9m are awesome for unhooked KL. 7m unhooked is to fast for my skills but I am sure that a better rider will have no problems with this.
Jumping: A little bit less explosive when compared to the MayhemX but still a very very nice kite to boost big air. Hangtime is moderate and for me its perfect. Still plenty of time to style jumps with some good oldschool moves without me dangling for a few more seconds afterwards.
High-end: Being in cape-town one frequently will encounter the high-end of the 7m. My guess is @ 75kg and with experience it is around 40knots. 9m around 32 knots. 11m no idea as I switch over well before being maxed out in this size.
Bar pressure: One of the reasons I like caution kites is of the balanced bar pressure. Coming from C kites I find most SLE kites nowadays to be to light on the bar. I want my kite to tell me where it is when I am hanging upside down in the air. The Spitfire has about the same balanced bar pressure as the Mayhem X had last year. When riding every day I did however noticed my arms getting tired a bit but that might also be from the hours of riding in and several unhooked sessions I enjoyed over the last weeks. Still I would not have it any other way. Steering response is great and the kite tells you exactly where it is at all times.