Quiver to date: 2009 - Crossbow 2010 11 2010 - Flysurfer 21 dlx 2012 - Slingshot Fuel 2013 9 2012 - Switchblade 2013 12 And now moving to F-one. (2014 or 2013 size 10)
I felt great with Cabrinha, very reliable and safe. They are slow and deploy bar pressure. I learned to kitesurf with a North and felt they were great too, but I'd say the 5th line isn't for me. Cabrinha bar pressure gave me epicondilities which I solved without problem. Slingshot and C kites are not for me so I sold that Fuel 9, I hate below the bar depower, besides I have bad knees for freestyle.
I'm moving to F-one because I want a faster kite. I tested 2013 last weekend and could complain of minor things, eager to test 2014. Didn't like: flapping, tricky setup and the fact of the need of sail pulling bar more often than with 'trucks' like switchblade.
I would rather buy a bigger quiver than a brand new kite. Have 9, 12 and 16. Used quite a few brands and I like varieties and versatility of different models. My 9 is 5 lines kite. Love it. Hate it too.
It's like a marriage:)
When you say a near by shop has xyz brand, are you thinking of after sale support? Is this really worth the money for a brand new kite?
PS Ah, and I make boards. I can ride whatever but it won't make me a better rider. Buy a board which sprays less or no spray at all.
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