Regarding the Element and new Nitro(--if you were trying to choose between the two). Why would you choose one over the other?
I'd use the kite on Maui. Where it's almost always strong and gusty.
I rarely unhook.
I love to take a TT out in blasting winds and boost as high as possible(throwing some rotations and grabs here and there).
And when there's waves- take out the surfboard and work on perfecting my turns as close to the pocket as possible.
Which kite would best suit these types of conditions and riding style?
P.S...And since I don't know much about Switch or hardly seen any. Which kites from some of the more popular brands would you compare the Element and NitroV2 to?
If you like to boost and live on Maui depending on your weight I would go for the 8m Nitro V2.
The kite is super powerful and will get you skying to the moon.
When the waves come up you will be able to whip the kite around focusing on your off the tops.
The reason I would direct you towards the nitro is because of it's great hangtime.
If you want to compare a kite on the market to this New Nitro I would have to say the North Rebel has some similarities.
Hope this helps.
Enjoy your self in which ever direction you choose to take