Kites, Kites, Kites, ...

What are kites? What can you do with them? Here you will soon see a short history of kiting and descriptions of the various types of kites and what they are used for. Here's an appetizer of things to come:

First, there's the single line kites. They are the oldest variety. They can have spars or not. There are the inflatables which come in a great variety of forms, from a simple ball to dogs, birds, etc.

Dual line kites are also called stunt kites. With their two lines, their flight is controlled by the pilot on the ground. A skilled pilot can fly an impressive ballet to a music as well as pulling tricks called fades, axels, turtles, back-flips, just to name a few. To a newcomer, these performances look like magic and many ask to know where the remote control is hidden ...
Also widely ignored is the fact that you don't need wind to fly a kite. Indoor is a relatively recent, but very interesting discipline. Just walking backwards is enough to lift these special kites into the air and make them perform most of the tricks that are usually done outside and even a few that are impossible outside.

Quad line kites are even more amazing. Where the dual liners always fly into one direction, they can be flown in virtually any direction and even stop in mid-air. They have their own bag of tricks and they too exist for indoor use.

Foils are used for power kiting. They drag their pilot thru the sand, pull him with his buggy to crazy speeds or let him fly high above the waves at kite-surfing. They are a great source of fun, but alas also the most dangerous way to use kites. Especially kite-surfing which has already claimed a few lifes ...

You can see that there is much more to kiting than the simple diamond kite of your (or your father's) youth. If you want more information about the above-mentioned disciplines, be sure to come back on my site regularly for new additions and check out my links page or just search the web or, better even, find a local kite club and talk to those who are experienced. They are always eager to share their passion with interested newcomers.

There's more coming up ...