sorry to say that the kites do have an advantage in light winds, assuming that there is enough wind to keep the kites flying. If the wind drops to 0-5 and the kite crashes, its game over. A formula board can bob along until the next gust. In solid 15-20, the top kiters can beat a formula board around and upwind/ downwind course. Perhaps I should say that Johnny Heineken, Chip Wasson, and Adam Koch can beat most if not all the formula fleet around the course in 15-20 knots of wind.