Thank you, everyone who's replied so far.
I included my weight but not the winds around here, and while we're on the subject. Here is currently the middle east, deployed until early next year. Here the winds are regularly 25 knots during the day, and die to calm winds after sunset. I like to fly around sunset because it's way too hot to do it any earlier. But the kicker is when I get back home, which is Sacramento, a breezy day is 15mph winds, more average 5-10 mph winds.
DeafThunder: I do intend to landboard first, water may be later.
4 lines 2 handles does sound better than 3, you can release one handle and lose all power from the kite from what I understand.
As far as barrowing/testing out some one's kite, it's not really possible as long as I'm deployed, beings that I am the only one here that is flying any type of kite.
That being said I believe I have the discipline and the respect to learn solo and not exceed my limitations with an appropriate kite. By the time the kite gets to me I'll be 36 years old, with 18 years given to the Army. As well as I have taken the time to learn to fly RC Helicopters and Airplanes. If anyone has done either, they can tell you time spent not flying is more important than time flying.
Although it's above my suggested price range I think I am going to pull the trigger on a Mikelp's suggestion, the 4m Peter Lynn. Now that I know of that kite, I'm finding a bit of literature and it sounds like a good fit for me.
Just one thing I forgot like deafthunder said start with two handles and use KITEKILLERS !! They strap round your wrists and attach to the brake lines if you get in trouble or get over powered just let go of the handles and the brake lines get put on 100% and the power lines get slack you won't loose your kite and should get it down safely
The first power kite I had a go on ( or should I say had a go on me ) was a peterlynn blade 7.5 in 18 mph winds with my friend and owner of it , with me being 5 foot 8 and 133 lbs I learned how to scudd ( getting pulled around sliding on your feet ) very fast !!! And got boosted ( lifted off your feet ) once or twice and fell in love instantly lol
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1 - I actually tighten the knot at either end of the handle down so they're really flush with the end, then I cut off the excess.
2 - I then tie lighter and more flexible leaders and larks head them onto the remaining knots (long on top, short on bottom).
3 - Last step, I put vinyl end caps over the handle tips to cover the knots (with leaders pulled through a small hole in the end caps.
All this gives me more tuning range, less snags (softer material and covered knots) and an overall cleaner look.
150#-200# Dacron is a bit overkill for indoor leaders, even the outdoor handles use 80#-100#.
DANG ... the bold line ... just for a light wind ? ... dang !!!
Killip Foil Kite 90 - Rainbow Orbit
Size W x L: 102 in. x 126 in. / 8 ft. 6 in. x 10 ft. 6 in. / 2.6 m. x 3.2 m.>
Tail W x L: 97 in. x 984 in. / 8 ft. 1 in. x 82 ft. / 2.46 m. x 25 m.
Wind range: 6* to 20 mph
Recommended line: 500** to 1,250 lb test
*6 mph only with no tail and light line **500 lb. test only for light wind