It's been 3 months since I fully switched from Bows to C-Kites, more specifically SS fuels.
Firstly I would like to say that I am not the kind of rider who rips left and right but I am comfortable throwing some basic unhooked tricks like raleys, backrolls and F-16s.I also ride inland lakes that usually are very gusty.
The first 5 sessions were a bit of trying to relearn how to get used to the constant pull of the kite and timing for tricks. Jumping was horrible at first but it didn't take long to start getting used to the lack of sheet-in capability that you find on bows. But it all paid-off in the end.
My SS fuels are sooo predicable, no surprises, it is what it is. So stable. The simplicity of no-bridles is outstanding. You start to pay more attention to the weather around you and gust lines so that you can adjust your riding and kite size as per condition. That made me a safer kiter. Also the direct feel is a huge plus and the awareness it provides you helps with moving to more complex tricks.
As far as waves, my biggest hurdle was to get the bottom turn right when overpowered but the problem can be solved if you rig one size smaller.
I don't think I will ever go back to SLEs. I just love my Fuels so much
If it crossed you mind to give it a go on modern C kites ( Fuels, Vegas, Hadlow Pro, Torch, Razors) don't hesitate to try.
just my 2 cents.