I recently went out on a limb and purchased the Switch Method 7m. I ride strapless in the waves 100% of the time in CA. I've owned/flown over a dozen kites from various manufacturers over the last 2 years and I can say this kite is one of the best if not the best kite I've flown. I've used the kite for 4 good sessions now and I'm definitely stoked on it.
This is a fast, efficient, light-weight, responsive kite with great low-end, good water relaunch, and an attractive price tag. I honestly have not been able to find anything to "nitpick" on this kite. I can usually always find something.
Construction seems just about as good as any other kite on the market. I really like the single inflation/deflation valve. I was a little worried about the thinner diameter struts/LE and being noodly and affecting water relaunch.However, it seems to hold it's shape nicely in the air and I've crashed it twice in the surf and it popped out within several seconds.
The bar is very nice as well. It's simple and easy to depower/power with one pull line above the bar. The area of view above the bar isn't too cluttered or bulky. There's plenty of clearance for the center lines in the through-hole of the bar. The grip is a little stiff. It could be a little softer and slightly larger diameter for those 3-4 hour marathon sessions.
I weigh 155 lbs and have been riding a 5'5" or 5'9" and have been able to stay upwind in high teens on this 7m. I'm really impressed with the power and upwind ability of this kite for it's size. I can't wait to get the 9m Method.