Kite Flying for Beginners
Read this article first - then watch the video below - then read the article again.
How do they do that? – Beginners Guidelines
Launch and fly your kite
Think about this first.
Once your kite is airborne you need to keep your hands together in front of you – not above your head, not stretched out at right angles to your body – for best control they must be together and in front. If/when you crash, look to see where your hands were at the moment of impact – they will not have been together and in front of you!!!
We are assuming that you will have had enough common sense to have set up away from power lines, not near parked cars, trees, fences, roads, rivers, railway lines, cliff tops and people nor in a thunderstorm – otherwise you should not really be out here on your own – it’ll be OK - look around – Mummy, or Matron will be nearby to take you home!
Put your hands through the straps so that they settle around your wrists
With the wind on your back – if you have bought a small cheap kite you will probably need quite a lot of it – hold your hands out in front then pull down to your sides stepping back at the same time. It doesn’t hurt to practice this without a kite before you start.
The kite should now be in the sky especially if you had made sure that the lines were the same length.
It is important that you first learn to keep the kite as high in the sky as possible – there are not many things to break your kite on up here.
Slightly pull one hand until the nose of the kite is pointing in the direction you want it to go then quickly put your hands back together again.
Before the kite reaches the edge of the wind window, pull gently on the following hand until the kite is pointing back the other way then put your hands back together and it will continue in a straight line.
Where have you done this before – steering a car – think about it!
If you are on your own, continue to use the peg to hold the lines whilst you go stand the kite up again after each time you crash – don’t worry, those accidents will happen less often with time!
Once you have learned the art of staying in the sky the next move is a circle.
Hold one hand back, keeping your nerve until the kite is pointing upwards again and then put your hands back together.
Once you are very confident in keeping the kite under control, come and ask us to borrow a bigger one – fly it – and you will not be able to stop yourself from saying ”Wow”