There are some basic this you need to know to get your sport kite
going. Once you are comfortable with launching, landing and a few
simple moves, the adventure begins and the only limit is your imagination!
Remember that Sport Kites are built for flying - not for crashing.
When a kite hits the ground the laws of physics are operating: when
a fast moving object hits a stationery object, something will break
- this is usually the kite.
The kites we sell are built to high standards with good quality
materials and are strong enough to withstand minor crashes. They
are made to perform in the air, not on the ground. Most of the mistakes
happen when flyers first fly their kites and are getting used to
the way it works.
So, some things to remember are:
- Let out all the line before you begin to fly - ensure both lines
the same length.
- Keep the kite high in the sky when trying new moves - there
is more time for correcting before it hits the ground.
- If it looks as though the kite is going to hit the ground, lunge
towards it - this will release the wind pressure and lessen the
force of the impact (physics again).
- Think about turning in clockwise and anticlockwise directions,
rather than left and right, as sometimes the kite will be upside
down and this can cause unexpected results.
- Don't drag the kite once it has crashed. It can catch on sticks,
seaweed and other things on the ground and the sail can score
or even tear.
Be aware of the wind you are flying in:
- If there is not enough wind, you will have trouble keeping
the kite airborne.
- If there is too much wind, the kite will go faster than usual
- you will have trouble controlling it and may get dragged along
- If the wind is really gusty, you will have patches of increased
wind, which will speed up manoeuvres, and when the wind drops,
the kite will drop in the air. This is typical of a Canterbury
nor'wester - which is not a recommended flying wind.
If you are having trouble with assembly or knot-tying processes
on your kite, I can often talk (by phone
or email) through these to ensure that your kite flying experience
I am keen to ensure that my customers are happy and would always
prefer to have the opportunity to help you overcome any problems
with your product. You can phone or email
me if you have any queries.