I've been at this a long time, so I've ridden around both the pretensions a$$-hole crowd, as well as a whole ton of kooks. As kiting gets more accessible, the kook to a$$-hole ratio begins to favor the kooks.
I'll take pretentious riders over kooks all day. I don't drive out to the water just to have pleasant conversations on the sand, I'm there to kite. Kooks often come to the launch in packs, and when they do they will kill the vibe for everyone.
We've all been there. It's a perfect day of 25 mph SW wind. You're buddy is taking a break, and he ventures out into the water with a beer and a go pro. You take a nice tack to the outside, and then turn around to make a good run at the camera. You've been working on a new wake/airstyle trick, and today you are stomping it. As you finish your transition, another kiter transitions in front of you. Is it a man or woman? You can't tell because the rider is so covered in gear and is wearing a full wetsuit on an 80 degree day. The kook is now about 2 line lengths ahead of you, and it is inexplicably kiting at about 6 mph, a feat that can only be accomplished on a Spleen Door. The kook approaches the camera man, "boosts" about as high as a mail box, and then lifts it's legs to present it's balls to the go-pro (it's a man!) before eating shit. The kook will now spend 10 minutes downwind of the cameraman collecting his gear and his thoughts before short-tacking back to the camera to give it another go.
It isn't that the kook is a bad person, rather, most kooks just have really bad awareness on the water. Kiting is hard, and these people aren't ready to ride comfortably and considerately at the same time.
Meanwhile, the pretentious assholes simply give up trying to ride around the camera, and set up a rotation on a different area of nice water... but another kook approaches, riding slowly with the kite nearly overhead. The kook may as well be a 100 foot tree out in the middle of the water