I love this thread!
I have been on Rise since the second year they were made. I was out on my North kite in about 13-15 mph winds in 2007 I think, going straight downwind and barely able to kite, walking back up the beach every 5 tacks and I saw my buddy on a 10m Rise staying upwind and jumping. He let me take it for a few minutes and I was hooked (sorry for the pun).
No kite I ever tried went upwind, in light or heavy wind, like the Rise. And the boost is incredible, with the best hangtime of any kite I have ridden. I remember days in the winter of 2009 when it was about 14-15 mph winds and the whole beach was standing around waiting for the wind to pick up and I was cruising back and forth, upwind, pulling low altitude jumps and backrolls. I sold a lot of Rise that winter It’s not that you can get out in un-kite-able winds with the Rise, but if it’s kite-able, you can stay upwind and jump with the Rise. The Razor, I can kite in 13-15mph, but I can’t stay upwind or really jump much except on a gust or a wave.
I’m all about the Razor now, it’s a more aggressive kite, obviously turns and loops faster and better.. but I miss the floaty, huge boost days of the Rise. In fact… I’m about to buy a 2010 12m for 200 bucks to use as my light wind kite. So my quiver will be:
12m Rise (2010)
10m Razor (2013)
8m Razor (2013)
That covers everything from about 14mph to 35 mph for me. If it’s more or less I don’t need to go
Looking forward to pulling some of my old favorite Rise maneuvers, which don’t come off the same on the Razor.