Sure why not back up to the original piece in the link on page 1. What were his four point? Ah yes.
Beginners should start in straps. Idk, maybe for big wave places, but from what I've seen, beginners don't even start in waves. I certainly didn't. Had been in boots for almost 6 years when I started kiting on a surfboard. Had both windsurfing and surfing in my history and just went with a used surfboard. Size is what made it easy. Straps would have just complicated things. Started on it in the flats to get out in lower winds and learn something new. That board wouldn't have suited straps. Way too wide. Maybe three strap set up, but that limits comfortable toe side. Being free to move around on that big board taught me loads about trim and stance let alone easy tack transitions. Taking it to the waves was a natural and gradual progression that came about organically and practically orgasmically! There are a few around here who after many years on tt picked up kite brand surfboards with straps, most of them far too small...most never really got into it and on the truly fantastic wave days revert back to their tt. Waves, like anything, are to be learned gradually, straps don't change that. If you actually want to ride a surfboard, get a big one first, and learn to kite on it, then with your new skills gradually take it to the waves. Jump into waves with both feet.... Strapped on a tiny board and you likely won't surf it, but rather kite it on edge like you're used to on a tt. Which takes us to the author's second point.
You don't look good riding strapless. Then how did it become the fashion? To carry on from last paragraph, it's typically the kiters who would not, nay, could not consider buying a "directional" without straps and can't be bothered starting with a bigger surfboard, who have no idea they still ride poo stance. They do no different on their directionals and many never tune into the adjustment it takes to ride more upright than on edge. They never looked cool on them, bent waisted and over kited, trim strap all the way in, still on their 12m, trying to edge instead of surf. Invariably, the top 10 riders out on a good wave day do look cool. Really really cool. They are the ones literally everyone is impressed by, balanced and upright.
Ah, the religion paragraph. Well kiting is my church! Or the closest thing to it in my life. It's my passion and obsession. I chase it year round, and it has fullfilled me for over 15 years without waning. I plan to foil until The end. I kite in wake boots, snowboard boots, and strapless. My own holy trinity. I love them all equally given good conditions. Communing with nature can be near spiritual. Communing with the elements by balancing wind wave and board can be near existential. The more in tune I am, the less I muscle my gear and riding in waves on a board without straps is a natural progression of that synergy. You don't have to take my word for it. ask any of the best wave riders on the planet. Or better yet, try it for yourself. Performance on a wave board is not conveyed through a diagram, it's not about newtons of force over center of effort. It's the moments of effortlessness that exemplify performance for me. Going down the line, lines near slack, kite timed to carve timed to wave. It has nothing to do with speed upwind in chop! As to fashion? Kite pants were a fashion, with gear, kiting has had many trends. The near universal switch to below bar trim a few years back, the must have adjustable bar ends, or clunky swivel. With gear it's about selling. The manufacturers don't want you to be able to simply pull a true surfboard from the crowded used rack and go hit the waves with your kite. They want you to NEED a deck pad and inserts to fullfill the quintessential kiter angst that require they have all the options! That's the slave consumer behaviour entrenched in today's kiteboarding. But, but, but I gotta have adjustable bar ends....don't I ??
And conditions..... Some days your better off foiling, some days scream for the tt. Others have waves. What you choose is up to you. Entirely up to you. If you want to ride waves in straps, have at er, but maybe lets just f*** off with the telling us the best riders on the planet are handicapping themselves. They, actually know what they're doing.
Note: A couple of the top guys ride strapped surfboards at our open lake, bump and jump conditions local. This is in no way meant to be critical of them. They were always our best windsurfers, ride with skill and style, they know what they like and I applaud them for killing it. I rarely see them at the beach on wave days, though they both travel more than I. Once again, I am not anti strap, or any style of kiteboarding. Response here is rebuttal for the sake of entertainment and simply my personal opinion.