What about flutter/stability? If I park my kite at 12 oclock to adjust my straps or harness while in the water my Park starts to flutter in the wind and the lines want to go slack. I have to work it from side to side to keep the kite stable. Also, when coming in for a landing after jumping I have to dive the kite forward right before I hit the water or the lines go slack and the kite wants to fall out of the sky. Maybe this is just user error or all kites do this but how does the Ride handle as far as lines going slack,etc.
Well I do not park my kites at 12. Never have..it was the first thing I learned when I started kiteboarding.
I am sure the kite will have some flutter if the kite is depowered in a non-riding situation. I don't know any kite that will not. I really do not notice it though.
I have not seen the park nor the ride fall from the sky unless the wind turns off. On the ride it really has to turn completely off too...that kite will fly in really really light wind. I had session on the 9i where the lulls are glassy but most of the time it was 25...no problem on the kite..it keeps pulling.
On the falling from the sky.
Also, when coming in for a landing after jumping I have to dive the kite forward right before I hit the water or the lines go slack and the kite wants to fall out of the sky.
If you mean that you have to redirect that is how you get a soft landing when you jump...this pertains to all kites. If you mean that the kite will fall after you redirect and land then I have not experienced that? Not sure what you mean
In general the kite will drift backwards and the lines go tight in a wave riding situation...it does not have a tendency to nose dive...but I don't think that is an attribute I would put on the park either..