Stunt Kites :   Tips and Tricks

Launching A Single Line Kite


Standing with your back to the wind you should be able to launch the kite while letting line off of the spool.

In lighter winds you may find that letting out roughly a hundred feet of line and having a helper hold the kite downwind from you will assist in getting the kite to raise to a higher altitude. When you give the instruction to release the kite begin bringing in the line until the kite is under way. As your kite gets higher the wind will not be as turbulent from local trees and buildings and should fly smoothly.

Once the kite is flying, you may find letting the line out in stages works best. Let out some of the line then briskly bring a little back in to make the kite raise higher, repeat as necessary.

In gusty winds your kite may seem out of control and start doing loops or power dives toward the ground. Immediately let out line to gain control and get the kite facing skyward again, as it comes under control you can recover the line that you let out.

Adding a tail not only makes the kite look better but adds drag to slow the kite down and help stabilize it in stronger winds. A small piece of line and a fishing swivel clip will make adding and removing a tail more convenient.

If you have an adjustable bridle or tow point, experiment with it. Raising it toward the nose in stronger winds may help your single line kite to ride on top of the wind and reduce erratic flying. If your kite will not come under control, wind it in until the wind calms down enough to fly safely and without damage to the kite.

Always use a strong enough line for the wind conditions that you intend to fly in.

If you have a hard pulling kite be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands against burning from the line if it slides through your hands quickly.