"What foilkites are the others flying you are referring to? I ask this because the a15 is a totally different kite than the race foilkites."
Race kites and a couple new light Ozones.
"If you go for A15, be ready for some surprises. Mainly almost non-existent bar pressure and reluctant turns - I usually loop it into the water if I have not flown it for a while. Long bar (60cm) will help a lot. Clouds turn well so this might be an eye opener."
I am aware. It will be extra interesting since I learned on Clouds so I am use to having plenty of depower just on the handle throw.
"And those riding with foil kites are simply better kiters (no offense, just my thoughts and might be wrong)."
You are right. I stayed upwind on a twin tip last April for the first time and switched to hydrofoil 5 days later. So I am still a pretty new kiter. Lot's of room for improvement.
"If you blow a jibe in 7 knots with a foil kite, you are in MUCH more trouble than with your cloud IMO, thats the short version
I am a good swimmer with more self rescue experience than most. (I used to deflate my 17m and roll it up on the water before swimming in before I knew better.) Also, my kiting area is the ca delta and land is always close in all directions. So I am cool with that.
"5 votes for 15m and you're going with the 18m?
I laughed when I read this because that was exactly what I was thinking as I read through these posts.
Okay, I am going for the 15m. Ultralight. Thanks everyone.