El Fuego and its slightly fishy template feels like it's made for kiting. There is none of that nose dancing you get from a shortboard with the wide point at center or slightly behind center. For those that don't kite, when you drive a shortboard with kite power at 20-25 mph, they don't like it so much. You can't always go slow, you need to drive upwind sometimes. El Fuego loves to drive upwind. It can take a lot of front foot loading and it seems to love it. It smokes upwind smooth as silk.