Hang-glider-like kites were always inevitable. Birds, wasps, stunt kites, and planes are rigid. ALL high performance aircraft (eg hang-gliders vs paragliders) have rigid structures. Rigid hang-gliders out-perform soft paragliders on all measures. Interestingly, the trend in paragliders is towards increased rigidity, e.g. stiff mylar reinforcements, plastic stiffeners in the leading edges and carbon fibre rods sewn into the ribs. These stiffening innovations have resulted in paragliders that are so successful in competition that old-style soft gliders are no longer competitive. Another major weakness of the soft structure of ram airs is a lack of tactile feedback. Ram air kites are soft so the feedback is soft, sloppy, and imprecise. The more rigid a kite is, the more nuanced is the feedback to the rider, e.g. kite position, speed of turn, and grades of power delivery.
Inflatables will continue to dominate in all other aspects of the sport for safety, reliability, ease-of-use, and general performance.
Ignore the lies. Ignore the propaganda. Ram air kites are, and always have been, inferior to rigid framed kites (like inflatables).
The future for COURSE RACING is neither inflatable nor ram air. Rigid-framed kites, similar to hang-gliders, are about to be released!