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The Apex is HQ's entry level / high wind / budget kite (their version of the Ozone Access which seems to have been replaced by the Pure). Some complain that the chicken loop and depower throw is too long but I guess that is all relative to how tall you are or how long your arms are. HQ kites got / get better with each revision. I know they aren't loved here but they had a strong presence in land boarding and kite skiing and buggy riding in the US during the formative years and still have a loyal following which can tell you which version of which kite is best. The strategy mentioned above (starter kite first) is sound. IMO, the problem with Peaks, Apex and Access like kites is that they get boring as skills progress. They are nice when starting out as they are predictable, stable and easy but as you learn, you really only need those qualities in crazy wind days when you want to stay on the ground and don't want to be focused on the kite every second it's in the air. Any kite like that would be a good place for you to start but something you may (or may not) outgrow in optimal conditions when you want to jump, or really carve upwind or throw the kite around. So that kite will become your high wind kite or maybe one you sell off.
I flew the Apex III and found it sufficient but I learned to fly on Blades, Begos and JOJO race kites so almost anything would've seemed more refined in turbulent / gusty conditions.