Tips on flying Sports kites

The Safest Start:

Lay out your stunt kite and lines completely before you launch. Check all connectors, unsnarl and straighten lines and tails.

Check the Bridles:

Be sure they are adjusted correctly for the present conditions. Also make sure that they are balanced in the same position on the right and left sides of the kite. Enough line? Use at least 60' - 100' - so you have enough time to react. Be sure your flying lines are even. If one line is shorter, your kite will think you are pulling on that line and spin in that direction.

To Launch:

Step backwards and pull both handles to your side. Be sure to check behind you for obstructions or hazards before backing up. Control: Pull the left line to make the stunt kite turn left. Pull the right line to turn right. Hold them even to fly straight. Try not to over-control. Learn to "fly loops" instead of just spinning tight circles.

Lift and Speed:

The more to the side of the wind the stunt kite flies, the less lift and speed it has. While learning to fly, keep the stunt kite downwind. As you get better, explore the more subtle levels of performance.


Always stay away from spectators or passers-by. You are responsible for the safe operation of your stunt kite. Sport Kites should never be flown in crowded areas Darting may also be due to a lack of tail in the tailed kites or to a lack of bow in the bow kites. The necessary corrections are easily made. If the darting takes the form of rather large circles, causing the kite to gradually lose altitude, tighten the lower loop of the bridle a little without lowering the towing point. That is, equalize the pull on the upper and lower part of the bridle. Tailed kites usually ride at about 45 degrees from the vertical, the tail flowing away at a greater angle. Bow and box kites should lie flatter when flying.

sports kites

sports kites