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Kites for Beginners

If you are looking online at kites for beginners, you will find as much information as different kites. – So we’d like to mention a couple of useful pointers to consider for you from our experience:

  • Most beginners don’t like to spend a lot money on their first kite, even if it would be sensible to do so, because quality has its price.
  • Size matters, but bigger is not necessarily better.
  • Beginners like to fly kites in high winds. When tree branches are swaying or the waves are high, is considered “great kite weather”. For that reason a beginners kite has to be robust.
  • Starters will push kites to their limits. Best to chose strong materials, like ripstop nylon for the sail and a solid carbon frame.
  • Kites for beginners have to be easy to fly, be capable of all basic moves and they shouldn’t be too sensitive to control and steer either.
  • A beginner kite should fly consistently in all areas of the wind’s power zone.
  • Most beginners are far away from tricks and freestyle flying, for that reason a pure freestyler is not recommended as a very first kite.
  • Always have a look at the whole package and its contents. It is important that stunt kites for beginners come with a good set of braided flying lines, two hand straps (not reels) and a decent kite bag to store your lines and kite.

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Our Colours-in-motion (CIM) range ticks all the right boxes for a great experience for a stunt kite novice. Read more …

New postal rates

Kites are light to ship, but need sturdy packaging, and are generally an awkward size for shipping.

An Post have increased their postal rates for letters, parcels and packets. Effective from 13th April. > Increases of between 12% and 39% across the full range of mail services are necessary for An Post to continue to meet its Universal Service Obligation.

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Until now we have absorbed certain price increases. Unfortunately we have to pass on a part of costs for postage and packaging. From today on small kite orders shipped within Ireland are €8.50 and larger kites are €12.50. This is our second increase in shipping costs since our beginning 12 years ago.

You still can avail of free shipping for orders over €150 or pick up your kite in our shop …

Larks Head Knot

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Below is a video tutorial how to tie a larks head knot or loop.
This is the only knot you need for flying sport and stunt kites.

Use the larks head knot to attach flying lines to the bridle points (pig tails) of your stunt kite.
At the other end of the lines use this knot as well to connect flying lines to your hand straps.

Make sure the coloured loops (e.g. red & green) on flying line ends correspond to your right and left hand and to the right and left side of you stunt kite bridle.
Good luck 😉

How to extend kite lines

FAQ: How to extend dual kite lines? – You can make them longer by adding a so called “leader set” in required length. Just use your usual larks head knot between bridle and flying lines.

Kite Line Leaders

Leaders are also useful to protect your kite from the flying lines cutting into your sail when flying wrapped-up manoeuvres. For those kind of leaders we recommend a thicker line, e.g. bridle line and a length of approx. 2.5m.

Sport Kite Parts – Anatomy

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Terms used to define sport kite parts of a dual line or delta kite. Addition: The upright spar in the middle is called “spine”. APA-Connectors are also called “spreader connectors”.

When ordering parts make sure to specify diameter and length of carbon spar or inside diameters of fittings.

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All Level One kites come with a data sheet to include all measurements needed. If you require an electronic copy of your L1 kite’s details, please contact us.