New to kite flying? Wondering what kites are best for you and how to progress over time? Well let’s see if we can put you at ease.
If you are thinking about becoming a regular or seasonal kite flier, the cornucopia of shapes, designs, and sizes in the kite market can be dizzying. You may buy one only to later realize that its an advanced model and difficult to fly. Alternatively you might buy one made for beginners, but with a shape not conducive for flying. Maybe you also want to know what is the natural progression from beginner to advanced, and how you should buy accordingly. Well in this short article we are going to take a look at the kite models, shapes, and sizes that fit into the categories and beginner, intermediate, and advanced, so you know exactly what is appropriate for you.
Kinds of Kites
1.Single line kites
Starting with the most absolutely basic design: a single line kite. This is what everyone pictures from their childhood flying kites. A single line that is attached to the mid point of the kite and spools out from a wheel.
There are several different forms that single line kites can take that are almost universal across all kite types. These are delta, diamond, parafoil, and box kites respectively..
So, what are the benefits of each kite and how does it correspond to skill level? Well most people would recommend the delta kite as a first choice for beginners. It has a wide wind speed range and stays aloft easily.
After that are the box kites, which are soft kites that are inflated by the wind. They too have a wide range for wind speed. On top of that, there are no extra parts or assembly required. These kites come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, the larger of which are often flown by pro fliers.
Next is the diamond kite, which is what most people think of when they remember their childhood or picture a stereotypical kite. Surprisingly, this is actually the hardest type of single line kite to fly partly because of its limited wind speed range. It is, however, very easy to assemble and great for children.
Finally, we have the single line box or cellular kite. These kites have the most variety when it comes to shape and size, but because of their structures they require higher wind speeds. However, they are quite simple to fly and are also visually appealing.
2.Dual line kites
In general, dual line kites are more stunt kites. They can go up and down, do figure eights, or just about any other movement you want. While this does make them more difficult than the traditional single line kite, they are a lot of fun and there isn’t too steep a learning curve.
Dual line kites come several forms, but the most common are delta and foil kites, which look a little like a parasailing kite. Of the two, delta kites are a bit easier to control just by virtue of being smaller and catching less wind. Foil kites create a lot of pull and some people use them with a kite buggy, which is a simple tricycle that is pulled around and lifted into the air by the foil kite.
So, we have grouped together many differently shaped, sized, and designed kites into these two categories for ease and simplicity. Contained within each style whether single or dual line, delta or box shaped, there are an endless assortment of different kites.
What’s most important though, as we have seen here, is how many lines there are, and the shape. Some shapes are a little harder to fly than others, and the more lines that are added, the more complexity there can be to flying.
Well, hopefully this short article helps with your kite buying decisions and allows you to make a smart purchase armed with this new knowledge. Happy Flying!