Stunt Kites

A stunt kite also known as a sports kite or trick kite is a kite you can control, steer and manoeuvre with two strings in the air. The controls in flying a two string stunt kite is very simple, pull on the right handle to steer right or pull on the left to steer left. Pull both lines down toward your knees to gain altitude and you can also push either line forward for really quick spins. The pitch can be controlled by stepping backwards or forwards. By using a combination of alternate push and pulls on the line, combined with stepping backwards and forwards the more complex tricks can be performed. You can fly stunt kites on your own pulling off some fancy tricks, we suggest the first trick you learn is the stall in which you pull on one string bringing the kite to the edge of the wind window until the kite is hovering critically balanced, from this position most other complex manoeuvres and tricks are performed. You can also fly in pairs or as part of a team in tandem creating wonderful sky ballets. At Windrush Online Kite Shop you can choose from a variety of two string stunt kites depending on age and experience.

Young flyers and novices that have never flown a two string kite before should take a look at our classic diamond stunt kites. The diamond stunt kites are designed for easy assembly, launching and flying being able to create great spirals and corkscrews across the sky with their extra, long tails. The diamond stunt kite is forgiving on the handler and with ground impacts as is common with children age 8 – 12 years old and first time flyers. These are the perfect kite for learning how to fly.

For the stunt kite flyer with a bit more experience or you just want to jump straight in treat yourself to one of our two string delta wing stunt kites. This type of kite is triangular in shape and usually made from the best kite making materials such as rip-stop nylon or rip-stop polyester with spars made from either glass fibre or carbon tubing. The shape and aerofoil of these kites allow you to perform the more complicated tricks and manoeuvres involved with two string stunt kite flying. The delta wing stunt kite can produce some serious power and pull in strong wind conditions generating speeds in excess of 60mph making them one of the most exciting kites to fly. They should never be flown above other people and animals.

Assembling, Launching and Flying your two string stunt kite.

The first thing you will need to do is find a suitable flying site away from people, animals, trees, buildings and any form of electricity cables. When you are happy with your flying area your next step is to fully unravel your kite lines towards the area your kite will be launched. The most common mistake we have seen on the field is when people try to fly on too short a string. The kite will dart left and right very dramatically as the kite tries to head for the winds edge. With fully extended lines you will have more time and control over your kite.

Your next step will be to assemble your kite as per the instructions it comes with. The best method for assembly is to have the wind at your front, place the kite on its back with the nose pointing away from you this ensures the kite will not fly away as the air pressure pins the kite to the floor. When the kite is assembled turn yourself 180 degrees with kite in hand still have the nose pointing away from you, check the bridle string is completely clear of any carbon and not tangled with any other part of the kite especially over the wing tips. With a larks head knot or swivel clips attach your kite line. The instructions your kite comes with will have an image to show you how to tie the larks head knot. Walk between your lines from the kite to the handles to ensure there are no twists in the line, if there is a twist you will be able to untwist them at the handles by letting them spin until the twist is out and make sure the lines are the same length (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT).

Now that your kite lines are attached it’s time for launching. Pull gently on the lines until the nose of your kite is off the floor up about 75 degrees take a couple of quick steps backwards and pull the handles down towards your knees keeping your hands close together until the kite has reached full altitude. The most common mistake we see at this stage is where someone has their hands either too far apart, above their heads or both. All these will mean you have very little control of your kite. To be honest this is probably the most difficult stage and may take a few practice attempts to master. When your kite’s in the air practice steering left and right staying in the wind window.

In order to land your kite just pull on one of the lines, the kite will steer in that direction until it runs out of wind power and will gently lower to the ground. You can use a ground stake to keep your kite where it is allowing you to have a break until the next time you want to fly. Now Go Fly a Kite!!