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Tips & Tricks: multi-line kites

Multi-line kites are designed so that the flier can maneuver them around the sky. Two-line stunt kites and four line “quad” kites can do many tricks and can even be flown in teams to give a spectacular display. The quad kites in particular are well-suited to formation team flying. Then there are power kites: big, strong-pulling kites, usually parafoil designs, that are used (usually in fairly strong winds) for kite-surfing, wind-surfing, kite-buggying, and just for fun. At the opposite extreme, some quad kites (and some special ultra-light single liners) can be flown in zero wind, indoors.

All of these obviously require more input from the flier than does an ordinary single line kite, but the skills can be learned by people of all ages. Start with one of our beginner’s models, built to be easy to handle and strong enough to stand up to a few mishaps along the way.
 

STUNT/SPORT KITES

Used to perform tricks and there are no limits to what this type of kite can do: 360, Axel, Backflip, Cartwheel, Cuckoo clock, Black hole, Helicopter, Walking, Pancake , Stall, Yoyo, all these and more are just a few of the many tricks that these kites, with a little experience of the flyer, can achieve.

Also called Sport Kites, stunters have revolutionized kite flying in the past few years. Flying a stunter is much more exciting than traditional kite flying, especially when done in formation team flying.


 



ULTRALIGHT
/INDOOR KITES


These need amazingly little wind to fly, even indoors with a simple walk around the room. Made as lightweight as possible with graphite spars, some types are a bit fragile for inexperienced fliers to learn on, but there are a few that are quite durable.

Recently, indoor kiting has become quite popular with the appearance of Connor Doran on America's Got Talent, and Tristan Underwood on Canada's Got Talent - both of whom made it well past the audition stage and into the actual competition.


 



QUAD LINE KITES


Having four lines, these give you all of these flight characteristics and control: speed, direction and pull. Quad line kites can move forwards or backwards, at the speed you choose. Center pivot turns are done simply by making one side of the kite go forward and the other side backward.

In the past several years, literally thousands of people have gotten hooked on Revolution quad line kites due to the popularization of team flying. With the ability to stop, hover and rotate in place, a new world record was set at the 2010 Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) with an amazing 64 pilots in synchronized formation.




 



POWER KITES


These on the other hand, serve a very different form of entertainment. They are strong, powerful flyers that are used to do various things. The most popular uses of power kites are buggying, kite sailing and kite jumping.

These big kites develop a tremendous pull in strong winds. The sporting edge of stunt kite flying, Power Kites appeal to the risk taker who likes the pull and excitement at the max. The danger is obvious and a few basic safety precautions are useful, but as with many sports, it's part of the appeal.

Airfoils: Graceful wind-inflated airfoils, Flexifoils hold the World Speed Record of 120-MPS! Flexifoil's are very physical kites to fly.

Their unique design and smooth, nearly silent flight provides an exciting flying experience quite unlike any other stunt kite. Twenty years after their invention, they still seem like something from the next century. Having just one fiberglass spar at the leading edge and no bridle, Flexi's are simple to set up and easy to fly in stacks. They can be stacked in the same or mixed sizes to develop even more power.