I am also a newbie, and bought a Quantum as my first kite. However, after four months I am not convinced this is all that great of a kite. Maybe it's just my lack of experience and the fact that I am depending on online videos to self-teach myself, but I find the Quantum to be big, bulky, heavy and slow to respond (lots of pull). Also, the wind conditions for this kite are listed in the 4-5 mph range (low end) and I can't get this thing off the ground in much less than 10 mph -- much less keep it airbone. After months I have yet to be able to really say that I am even intermediate at a single trick.