How to make and enjoy a Kite

How to make and enjoy a Kite

It is DIY, cheap and fun. The old fashioned kite is making a comeback. It is the perfect toy, quiet in use and it works without batteries.

The reason may be that the ancient kite (it has been flying the skies for well over 2,000 years) is ‘green’. Powered by the wind, it draws its owner into wide open spaces and the fresh air. When the owner is a child, the whole family tends to get involved. In short, and to use a common expression, ‘it is user friendly.’

During a holiday in America I visited a store entirely devoted to the sale of kites. It was an Aladdin’s cave with kites covering every surface. Hanging from the ceiling and covering the walls with their spectacular tails. They reminded me of sleeping beauties waiting for the kiss of a breeze to waken them from a long slumber.

‘Customers come from as far away as Germany,’ the shop assistant volunteered. She thought it was the variety available that attracted them. It was a refreshing store to stroll around, with not a battery or electronic device to be seen.

Even a paper bird, activated by a tightly wound elastic band, seemed a little out of place there.

A kite flies mainly because of wind pressure underneath which lifts it, the line keeping it under pressure. The tail adds drag to stabilise and keep the kite facing into the wind. Kite flying requires skill, coupled with a wind velocity of between 8-20 miles …

Kiteboarding – Learning The Sport

Kiteboarding – Learning The Sport

Learning the simple steps as a beginner of Kiteboarding

For those who have heard of kiteboarding but are not sure what it is or how you begin to learn we have some simple tips to get you started. Kiteboarding is a lot like wakeboarding except without the boat pulling you. Kiteboarding involves the wakeboard, a parabolic kite that is tethered by 100-foot lines. Throw in some wind and a lot of water and then you have kiteboarding. Experts in kiteboarding can get 50 feet in the air and reach speeds of over 50 mile per hour. However, for those who want to begin, kiteboarding is a simple sport to learn. We have some tips on basic skills and equipment to help you get started.

1. Kiteboarding Begins With Lessons on Land

Kite control is the majority of what kiteboarding is all about. Most lessons will begin on the beach learning and practicing with special training kites. These practice-training kites have shorter, easy to control lines on the kites. Beginners learn to control the kite within the 180-degreee arc in the sky.

2. Controlling Your Body in Kiteboarding

As you can imagine, the sport of kiteboarding involves a lot of body dragging. When learning to kiteboard you will practice being dragged through the water. Beginner’s lessons have you fly the kite close to the water without the wakeboard. Keeping your face down and your legs together, you allow the kite to drag you through the water. This action allows your torso …