I agree with your thinking on most Hydrid boards. However I have a Starboard Hybrid Race. It does not have quite the non planning performance of a "proper" raceboard but is still capable of being railed upwind and points pretty high. Once planning it's far more fun than a raceboard ( I owned Megacats and Equipes in the past). I am waiting to see if the new 320 is any better, if so I may change. Hybrids are so much easier to handle on land but still give some light wind fun. I also have a F-type 158. The Hybrid Race is far better when not planning. I have sailed the Kona and liked it but it's not nearly as lively as the Hybrid Race or as fast when maxed out.