yes you are, here are two photos more, on another day, with good cleaner waves and less wind, around 16-18kn, on windguru but I guess there was more if I compare to my first test in France with the same forecasts. I was on the "more power" tuning at the mixer on the wave 8.5 (first proto) and I didn't need it. My wife took the pictures with our cellphone from uowind on the beach, she's not a professional photographer at all (in particular on timing ) .. I have to beg to get some photos.
That was a very good test for the wave 8.5 (I was strapless with the board I posted above, launched the kite side-off and the wind was around side where I entrered the wave).The three points that I noticed were
1/ the big depower. When I was coming back on a big wall, going upwind, backside for me, I had no difficulty with the kite. I didn't end up over powered due to the dramatic increase of speed. I didn't need to crank my board at all to keep control (I tend to ride very vertical on the board, trying to use the fins)
2/ the drift combined with depower was great. When I was at the right place, I could turn deep downwind to start the bottom. I was completely in control. No need to worry about the kite collapsing or loosing its dynamics. I even tried some KL to replace the kite (but not too much because it was big and I was alone ... excepted wife and kids upwind on tge beach ... so I preferred to stay safe, that was a very demanding session)
3/ Upwind was great, i didn't noticed it at the beginning but I saw that I could get quite quickly upwind, close to the lighthouse (see the picture above with the 4.5).That was a good surprise in these conditions.
I was however not very found of the tuning I was using in these conditions The kite was a little too "full" (but I had to test to give feedbacks to Benoit). I prefer the normal setting in these conditions as I was not in light winds at all.
PS: the board works very well (including for paddle surfing). For those who are around Buenos Aires, Mariano is a good shaper and a very nice and trustful person. I will give him some feedback so that he can push forward this shape.