" How To Choose a Stunt or Sport Kite "
Choosing and buying a STUNT KITE to do tricks & maneuvers. Beginner Kites These are generally small kites with a wide wind range. They are supplied with 50-90 lb line on handles and do not generate a great pull. These kites are easy to fly, forgiving and either a foil (no spars) or fiberglass frame style are very durable. Suitable for all age groups. However, the size of the kite does not always determine how easy it is to fly. Some smaller kites can be very quick. Intermediate Kites These can vary considerably in size and style and can be flown in a wide wind range, including some designed specifically for very low wind. They are designed mainly for good all round smooth performance. Supplied with Dyneema lines and wrist straps. Straps are more comfortable when flying these more powerful kites. The framework for this range of kites can be fiberglass and/or carbon fibre. Advanced Kites These kites are designed to suit very specific conditions and are designed for advanced performance and trick flying. Supplied with Dyneema lines and straps, padded straps or a control bar are more comfortable when flying the most powerful kites. The framework is carbon fibre. This type of kite is best suited to the experienced flier, has extreme pull, and are capable of lifting an adult off the ground. Parafoils These types of kites vary in size considerably. There are 2 or 4 line kites for youngsters that do not pull too hard and then the bigger kites designed for power kiting that can be used for buggying, kite land boarding and water re-launchable foils specifically for Kitesurfing.
Choosing and buying a SPORT or QUAD KITE to use for power or traction kiting to Buggy, Ski, Surf, etc.
2-Line kites allow you to control the side to side (Right, Left)
3 & 4-Line kites allow you to also control the up and
down flight of the kite. The back 2 lines are often referred to as "Brake
Lines" and come together in the center of the control bar as a 3-line kite.
ines" and come together in the center of the control bar as a 3-line kite.
These are particularly useful for traction & surf kiting allowing an experienced flyer to tack against the winds similar to a sailboat.