• Basic Kite Flying Skills 25 February 2018 | View comments

  • Great Advice on KITE FLYING

    from Keith Griffiths

    The Basics of Sport Kite Flying

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    Generally speaking, the larger the sport kite, the easier it is to fly. Bigger kites fly slower, so give you more control. They also require less wind to fly. So called 'professional' sports kites are between 6 and 8 ft wingspan (tip to tip), a 3ft kite from the local supermarket is going to be fast in the sky and will probably spend more time on the ground that in the air, before you give up in disgust and chuck it in the back of the cupboard, never to be used again. It is, as all things, an example of "you get what you pay for", but £50 or £60 pounds will get you a kite you can really progress on.

    Lines are another thing, cheap kites usually come with lines wound onto halo reels. The line may be fine but a sport kite is VERY sensitive to differences in line length, professional flyers will have no more than 1cm difference in line lengths on lines of 45m. Ideally get rid of the reels for flying, get some wrist straps and work with fixed length lines, always using all of the line to fly with. Remember, slow kites make flying easier, so do long lines, you have more thinking time before the kite hits the ground.



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