Category: Understanding Kites and Equipment

Here you will learn how to distinguish between power kites and stunt kites as well as the more simple one-line kites that are ideal if you have never flown a kite before. Other equipment you may need is also explained and illustrated, allowing you to work out what you need to get started. One of the joys of kite flying is that it can be gloriously simple to get started, with a minimum of equipment or extra expense. Once you decide to try power kiting or a more specialized form of kite flying you may need to invest in some safety equipment.

General equipment

You will need different set-ups for different sports and wind conditions. Never try to make do with an oversized kite on a windy day, or a land-based kite for water-based flying. Check the safety section here for the appropriate equipment you should consider for each sport.

The set-up guidelines offered in this section are based on 25m (80ft) length of lines, and kite sizes are actual rather than projected. The guides are based on the flying capabilities of a four-line kite with a depowering system. These kites can cope with 8kph (5mph) stronger winds that their less sophisticated two-line sisters which do not have de-powering capabilities.

NB Remember that the higher the AR (Aspect Ratio), the less stable but more responsive the kite will be. The guidelines that follow indicate only overall size of the kite, not dimensions. Therefore, for beginners and children, make sure that the chord is not too thin in relation to the wingspan, otherwise the kite will be harder to control. A good beginner kite aspect ratio would be 3, for example a 180cm (6ft) wing span to a 60cm (2ft) chord depth (resulting in a 1m/3ft kite).