Had a short session last Friday on my new Renegade 11m and have to say so far I am very happy with it. Set it up on my 2010 bar with 24m lines to see how much I could get out of it. I bought this kite primarily for a light wind wave kite. Wind was blowing from 15 to 21 mph and was on my twin tip as well as my surfboard. I am a solid 205-210 lbs with gear on and hope this kite will work in the waves at 15 mph.
Biggest thing that surprised me was how well this kite jumps for what it is. It is not a Screamer but is a close 2nd. Considering the other kites I have owned for wave riding this one has the best jumping ability of any of them. Hang time was way beyond what I expected for this type of kite.
The crucial thing was turning speed. On 24m lines the kite turned well but I think for wave riding I might go with 20m or even 15m if there is enough wind. It easily turned as well as my previous 12m kite on 24m lines. I am still tuning the lines for this kite and one thing I did notice is the kite is sensitive to back line settings. In other words if the wind is light and you have to much tension on the back lines the kite will stall and fall back. Happened twice to me on hard turns when the wind was light. A little more tension on the front lines corrected it though. As I said I am still playing with where I want the knots set on the kite, but something to keep an eye on. Overall though turns very nice and was very smooth through the turns with consistent pull from the kite. I suppose it could move a little bit faster through the wind window on turns but I think I say that about every kite I own.
Next was relaunching the kite. I dropped the kite once and let it drift on the water so it was directly downwind of my position. Then proceeded to relaunch the kite. I have to say in decent wind this thing jumps off the water. I would say it took all of 5 to 10 seconds to relaunch.
Bottom line I think this is going to be a good kite for what I was looking for. Is rock solid in the air and has a very consistent feel to it. The jumping and hang time are a bonus really. Construction is on par with other companies out there so should be fine in a few dumps in the waves under normal conditions. Looks like I can easily wave ride with this kite up to low 20's. Still have to do some more testing to find the low end but I think it will be close to my goal of 14 to 15 on a surfboard.