These are my opinions and they are based on my experience.
I've been on many types of kites for a number of years.
I'm an average kiter with limited talent and lay no claim to know shite from shinola about kite design.
I'm in no way interested in arguing with anybody that disagrees with whatever I say.
Not aiming that disclaimer at you Zarb, just covering my ass before a random shark smells blood.
I think you can make great kites without bridles, great kites with bridles and no pulleys, and great kites with bridles and pulleys.
There are many factors and they all matter.
I have only one kite designed for waves (Epic Renegade) and it is bridled with pulleys.
My last experience with a non bridled kite was with the Epic Judge C kite.
Love the kite sheeted in, but when sheeted out the steering suffers a bit.
The Judge works more like C kites used to, where the sheeting range is short and the kite doesn't depower much before the steering is affected.
The Judge has significantly more sheeting range than old school C kites because of wingtip width and shape, but less than bridled kites do.
As we all know, bridled sle/bow/delta kites have massive bar sheeting range and fly/steer well sheeted out.
Kite shape, bridles and pulleys all contribute to this huge range obviously.
I've been on the Ozone C4 kite that is bridled with no pulleys, but it is not a wave specific kite obviously.
The C4 back lines go more slack with less sheeting than the bridled SLE's do but far better than C kites of old.
I've been on Blade Prime C kites that have a bridle with a pulley, the back lines keep better tension when depowered and sheet out more than the C4 does.
The C4 gets it done without a pulley, and does it very well, as all the Ozone kites do.
But the pulley on the Prime helps the sheeting range grow, and I like the Prime better.
I owned Flexifoil Strike four line C kites, I had a Fuel, I had a quiver of Slingshot Octane C kites with 5 lines, I owned a Rebel sle with no bridle but a loaded fifth line, and I've owned bridled sle's, deltas, bows and now bridled C kites.
I think kites feel the way they do based first on all the aspects that go into a kites specific canopy shape, then bridle or not, then the bridle layout and connection points, pulleys or not, then lots of small details.
Just my opinions, and they are free, so we all know what they are worth.