The anology to snowboarding is a good one. Under duress and with encouragement from daughters I made switch to snowboarding (from Skiing) Been able to do both (in a fashion) gets best results allround ? On long fast piste runs skiing wins out; (for me) but in good snow/off piste/powder there is just no comparison. Board wins out easy.Nearest thing I`ve found to windsurfing.
Some days I board; some days I ski. To my mind best of both worlds.
Thought it would work out same with kiting. It didn`t. I never ever ; not once felt better off on kite. For me kiting just didnt provide same sentation.
Good luck to those it works for though.