I normally ride another kite brand, but have now bought an 8 m. Epic surf kite. I have been a surfer all my life, so the only reason I started kiting is to get towed into a wave and surf it. I am not the best kiter but am an advanced surfer, so forgive me if all of my kite terms are not the best.
I am just giving my opinion on the kite based on my experience. I watched Dimitri in the ocean testing this kite repeatedly, he would crash it (on purpose) and make it go under repeated waves and then it would shoot right back up in the air when he was ready. He did this on many different occasions. I was pretty amazed that the kite would survive and even more amazed that it would relaunch after that many waves. That sparked my interest in the kite.
On a different day I was doing a down winder with some friends and Dimitri was going also. He offered to let me use a 9. m. Renegade, I tried it and it responded really well, I was used to it in about 5 min., I didn't think I would like it because I was so used to my kites, but I really liked it.
I decided to go ahead and get a Surf Kite, I figured if I liked the Renegade I'm going to really like the Surf since it is made for surfing.
I went ahead and bought one, this turned out to be a really good decision, this kite is stable, turns fast and waits for me to ride the wave. No back stall at all. This is my opinion, if your considering a wave kite, you should try one.
(Also, just wanted to point out, I did not know Dimitri before this, had just seen him in the water and have no connection with any kite company)