Tied to the Sky

  • Meet HQ Kites

     We spend a great deal of time looking for great kites and accessories for our customers.   Our goal is to find those kites that are great looking and engaging visually but also are good flyers!  How many of us have been frustrated to go and try to fly a kite that looks cool in the store but doesn't fly well? This is no way to spend leisure time especially with our children.  We also spend a a lot of time getting to know the manufacturer.  We are interested in their customer service.  Quite frankly, if they treat us well,...

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  • American Kitefliers Association

     When I started out flying kites I was bitten by the kite bug in a big way!  Imagine my excitement to find what really is a world-wide organization of kite flyers and enthusiast of all stripes.   The AKA has been a welcomed place of connection and place to meet new folks, stay abreast of the latest kite news and a great deal more. There are plenty of benefits to joining the AKA as a Canadian kite enthusiast.  Here are just a few: Kiting Magazine - a fantastic quarterly publication that is packed with great articles, news and breath taking photo's.  Serious,...

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  • Elite Kites & More on Sale this week at Great Canadian Kite Co.

     Well the big day has come and gone, and we hope it was the best Christmas ever for you!   To keep the fun rolling we are offering two sales, offering our already competitively priced Kites at even greater savings! Sale # 1 is a general Kite sale on all single line, beginner stunt kites, traction kites and accessories.  Take 10% all in stock items in these categories! Discount Code at time of checkout "Boxing Day Sale 2012" Sale # 2 If this is not enough to get you soaring we are offering a whopping 15% off all instock Elite Kites...

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  • Revolution Kites :: The Story

     This post is all about the history of Revolution Kites.  More than kites, this dynamic and innovative company has developed, hands-down, the best quad-line stunt kite on the market.  Sadly, often copied, the counterfeits are nowhere near the quality or performance standard of the authentic Rev kites.  Not unlike the introduction of dual line stunt kite back in the day, Revolution kites have breathed new vibrancy into a traditional and historic hobby for a new generation of kite enthusiasts. I have heard it said by some that the quad line kites are difficult to fly but my experience has been...

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  • The Building of a Winner - R-Sky Kites

     It is true.  I have met very few kites I didn't like.  Maybe this is the confession of a kite addict.  My wife has always maintained that I have a kite addiction but I suppose like many spouses of the kite addicted - they look on with suspicion as we employ the "this is my last one" to rationalize why we need just one more kite.   I have tried support groups for addicted kite flyers but really it wasn't any help because I come out of each meeting drooling and shaking with kite lust - I tremble as I...

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  • Autumn Kite Flying on the Prairies

     Well it's official.  The summer of 2012 has officially ended giving way to autumn.  The leaves are changing color and falling from their soon-to-be sleeping hosts, and the smooth gentle winds blow them all into my yard!    I like autumn because with the crops all harvested the flying fields become abundant. The winds tend to come gently from the west and the south and have been 6 - 20 kph (between 4 and 12 mph) and on the lighter side I really enjoy a light wind kite - typically an UL or an SUL and away I go.   I like...

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  • Kite Trick / Stunt Tutorials

    Here are a few online, Stunt Kite trick tutorials from a few different sources.  Whether you are taking to the sky for the first time or have lots of flight time, these resources are great to help you learn to nail an assortment of some of the coolest tricks.  They will demonstrate and explain step-by-step how to do some of the coolest kite maneuvers. I find these tutorials help break down a stunt in such a way that you can get a sense of what's actually happening - with your body and with the kite.  Like most everything, this will...

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  • 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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  • 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 kite flyer, the coating actually 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...

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