I tried it with a smaller kite in light wind today, i was on an 8m Peak 4 , most were riding 12m kites. This thing rips upwind. I finally have the idea that I'm not just going back and forth, but can go anywhere even when underpowered.
The waterstart is harder because the waves wash the board away and its hard to push the board under water to angle it, but im getting the hang of it . I grab the upwind rail with my back hand and sort of pull it underwater.
At some point the wind nearly died, and I was the only one up riding at all out of 30 kiters.
I need to be braver carving it around and swapping feet, im stalling because I'm going too slow all the time. But ill get it soon.
Would absolutely buy this again, I'll probably sell my lightwind twintip because this is just more fun.