Around here so far i've seen around 40% moved to foil and another 20% has a foil but scared to ride it or wants the right conditions to learn.
Me i've given up all other disciplines I keep wanting to go back to surf board but haven't. The TT's are completely out might even throw them away or make a shelf or something. I added 3 foils to the mix for different rides.
Expensive is really taken off the table cause not only do you get a free kite with every purchase you also go small with your kites further reducing expenses. You will eliminate at least 2 kites if you have a vast quiver like many of us once had. hence the free kites with every purchase. At retail thats a foil or board or both with a kite complete with bar if buying new.
High winds are preferred for foiling (once you get it.) but light winds bring on a fun challenge. Never worry about wind anymore unlike the days without a foil. And yes if your time is limited foils make Every session non stop riding and touring large amounts of areas. The lakes we go to i would never see as much cool spots as on foil. Which brings into the next part of NO crowds not that we have them here but still your on your own which really makes it great.
For me the foil and kite are as versatile as a boat or a jetski as you can do whatever you want and go wherever you want without a care in the world about conditions.
I've heard it all from injurys (which can and will happen learning.) oh hes on a foil, to expensive, to light wind only gadget, blah blah blah. My time on the water is really nearing 100% unless full on glass conditions which rarely happens whereas before i'd say kiting on more traditional means was 30% and mostly a frustrating and or waste of time followed by 1-2 days of the most memorable times on the water PER SEASON. Not anymore.
Water kiting was a fun thing to do while waiting for the snowkiting now i'd prefer to foil and travel to more foil destinations and could care less about snowkiting.
Without a doubt I've been bitten by the foil virus