Just wanted to throw in a quick trip report. Short trip to Baja, gusty winds from 11-25 mph, the Rise was really great. Kept me planing through the lulls and when the gust hit, just let the bar out a bit and edge upwind.
One spot we road was very onshore with a small beach, had to self land so I used the release feature on the kite a few times, worked perfectly. Rode in safely off the beach, pulled the release, kite sat up high downwind of me fluttering no power, actually would fly upside down, and then landed fairly gently. Pull ball on one front line and walk right up to the kite and flip it over. No problem at all in up to 25 mph.