Tied to the Sky

  • Intro to Stunt Kites - The Wind Window

    The wind window is an important thing to understand.  To become familiar with the wind and being able to determine where it is strongest and where it is lighter.    Obviously, as you fly your kite through the window the flight speed and characteristics can change.  With the wind at your back (yep, have to say it - n'uff said ;)) you will find the power zone directly in front of you.  You will find your kite is fast and pulls the hardest in this area.    As the kite approaches the zenith or the top of the window the...

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  • Weather / Wind Links

    I have found since I have started flying kites that I have a greater interest in the weather.  Aside from taking a long hard gaze at every flag pole I pass,  I have come to find a couple of online weather sources really helpful. Environment Canada's weather site.  Find weather, wind speed and direction by city and town in Canada.  A great tool for kite flyers! Wind Energy Atlas "aims at developing new meteorological tools to be used by Canada's wind energy industry. It offers the possibility to browse through the results of the numerical simulations that were run on all...

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  • New Website Up and Running

    After several years of faithful service we have retired our old website and launch a more feature rich e-store in hopes to enrich your shopping experience with us!   This update also helps us integrate and consolidate a number of things together in one spot.  In a nutshell, this will free us up to update our site more regularly and provide seamless ways of connect with you! Hi-Lights Easier Navigation - search, move from on product or collection faster and more easily than before. Better Product picture viewing - Multiple shots with two levels of zoom. Related Products - Each...

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  • Coated Lines?

    Since 1974, Shanti has led the world in the development of kite lines, spools and Winders. In 1985  Shanti invented speed-line, the worlds first spectra kite line.  Speed line has been copied by nearly every kite company in the world and it has been widely used in the sport fishing industry.     To make Spectra suitable for fishing line, companies began coating the line to make it easier to handle, but ironically for the kiteflyer in increased friction!  In past 10 years kiteflyers have grown accustom to coated flying lines and some prefer the feel.  During this time the quality of coating has improved significantly and in 2009, Shanti...

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  • Anatomy of a Dual Line Stunt Kite

     This is a basic diagram of the parts of a dual line stunt kite.  This is helpful when trying to figure out what replacement part you require! 

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  • Glossary of Kite Terms

    There are a variety of terms that are used in the sport of Kite flying.  Here is a short list to give you some common lingo and their meaning! Bridle:  the lines which connect to the kite sail and frame to help support the kite and/or to orient the kite at a proper angle to the wind. Carbon / Graphite:  Stunt kite frames are made of carbon fiber which is relatively are rigid  material and light weight.    Can be in a rod or tube form.  Popular graphite products include: Sky Shark, Icone and Revolution. Wrapped or extruded. Centre T:  Where...

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  • Our Story

    The Great Canadian Kite Company is a family owned and operated business based in Taber, Alberta Canada. We enjoy the sport of Kite flying and we fly everything from single line kites to stunt kites to traction kites.  It's about having fun flying kites! We have established ourselves as a premiere source of quality kites to kite flyers of all levels and interests throughout North America . As kite flyers, our vision is to expand the sport, to foster community among Canadian kite flyers and to become the ‘first choice’ supplier of quality kites and accessories in Canada.   WHY KITES?? We are often asked how we found...

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  • How to tie a Larks Head Knot

     The Larks Head knot is the single most useful knot in kiting. You will use this knot to attach your flying line to your kites tow points (akaPig tails). The Larks Head is a slip knot, therefore the more you pull the tighter it becomes, so there is no chance of it coming loose in while the kite is in the air. As soon as the tension is released (after landing the kite) the knot is easy to pull loose and undo.  Check out this great video by Kitelife.com:

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  • Kite Line - They Ain't all the same.

    In 1985  Shanti invented speed-line, the worlds first spectra kite line.  Speed line has been copied by nearly every kite company in the world and it has been widely used in the sport fishing industry.     To make Spectra suitable for fishing line, companies began coating the line to make it easier to handle, but ironically for the kiteflyer in increased friction!  In past 10 years kiteflyers have grown accustom to coated flying lines and some prefer the feel.  During this time the quality of coating has improved significantly and in 2009, Shanti began working with engineers to produce a coating that was specifically designed for kiteflying...

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