Hey Margie, welcome to the crew x2!
As usual our crew members here are making very high quality comments…
The 6M rise is a wonderful highwind kite.
....I would not be without this kite in my quiver. It is a SWEET kite in all manner.
Very true, the 6m is an awesome little machine that will keep you smiling and comfortable in huge conditions. Massive depower and reliable performance, probably the best for pure ‘storm’ safety and overall comfort.
I see you are entering the looping and air transition realm and the Razor is better for that. Also in waves, the Rise flies further towards the edge of the wind window making it harder have it turn along with you, whereas the Razor is whipped around within the power zone easily.
The 2012 Razors have some more depower than the 2011 so you won’t be pulled off your board that quick.
Rudo is also 100% right on this one. If you’re going to ride waves and do downloop transitions, Razor all the way. Depower is also improved for sure. You sacrifice a little bit of the comfort at the very high end, but the performance traits more than make up for it, and being such a quick kite you can really rip up the surf in less wind.
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