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Stunt Kite Flying Basics

Stunt Kite Flying Basics

Have you seen our stunt Kite flying manual?

 Flying stunt kites is an exciting way to enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise and relax.  Many people like to learn the latest tricks, while others like to fly their kite listening to music on their iPod.  Stunt kites are a wonderful way to spend your leisure time with friends and family. The following is our illustrated start up guide for flying two line stunt kites.  This material was collected from a variety of sources and presented here for your information and interest.

These basic tips will help you get in the air faster and enjoy more success as you take to the skies with your new kite.  Also have a look in our resource section for some great online kite fly tutorials to help take you to the next levels!

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Kite flying instructions.  How to fly a stunt kite

 

How to Fly a trick kite - two line kite

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Top 5 Things to Consider when Buying your Kite

Top 5 Things to Consider when Buying your Kite

buying kites in canada

There are many businesses that you can purchase kites nowadays, but discerning shoppers are looking for more than just a low price. In addition to a competitive price, they are looking for quality and support to enrich their kite flying experience whether it be a family affair or for a single person hobby.

Quality kite retailers are such that they provide added value for their customers - its good for business and its good for the sport of kite flying. Not all retailers that sell kites know kites, and this difference can make or break your kite flying experience.



Here are 5 Things to Consider when Buying your kite:


1) Does the retailer sell quality kites from manufacturers who stand behind their products? - Not all kites are created equal, and there are a variety of materials that can be part of a kite. Some materials are great for durability and fly-ability, and some aren’t.
Look for a ripstop nylon sail cloth and fiberglass or carbon fibre framing. Also, consider whether they come with line and a storage sleeve or case.
Quality also is a measure of kite performance. Do they fly well and are they fairly robust to endure the learning curve?

2) Can you get replacement parts? Do they have your back after the sale? There are lots of people who will line up to take your money, but the quality kite dealer is there both before and after the sale.

Why? Because serious kite retailers want their customers to enjoy kite flying and experience success.

Why? Simple, because we enjoy kites too! And people who enjoy kites will buy more kites and happy kite flyers are really the best ambassadors for the sport!

All that aside, we deal with many, many people who have purchased their kites from retailers who don’t stock parts or provide after sale service. Lets face it, a quality kite that you spend money on, you want to fly for a good long time. Your kite retailer should be able to help get you back in the sky, FAST!

Also, quality kite retailers have good relationships with the manufacturers and can be a liaison for any warranty/defects or new and exciting products. In addition, this relationship helps with special orders, and troubleshooting, if need be.

3) Are you buying your kite in Canadian or US funds? This will save you serious money, and in most cases get your kite to you fast. Before you buy from a big box        e-commerce site, make sure you know what funds you paying with.

We have had several people tell us horror stories after purchasing from large .com retailers. They tell us that by the time the smoke clears on their credit card; after the exchange rate and credit card fees, import related costs and tax, they have paid considerably more for that kite compared to what they could have purchased it from us at the Great Canadian Kite Company.

Homegrown Canadian Kite shops are generally on top of their business and understand that in today's market place we compete globally, and we must be competitive with the US retailers. However, it is up to the consumer to be sure they are comparing prices correctly.

4) Are they knowledgeable about kites and kite line? It is always a good idea to purchase your kites from a company that is knowledgable about kites. A retailer who knows kites, whose focus is kites and not just another sku.

Knowledgable kite companies can help you make informed decisions and answer any questions you may have. Quality online kite retailers like Great Canadian Kite Company not only have free online resources but also have a Toll Free number that you can call and talk to a real person. They also have email addresses that are constantly monitored and will provide a timely response to your inquiry.

5) Are they kite flyers? The bottom line when choosing where to buy your kites is are they kite flyers themselves? Are they passionate about kites and do they have genuine, on the kite field experience with the kites they sell?

Having someone with experience and passion can go a long way to enriching your kite flying experience, and dealing with any kite issues you may have. Someone who knows what it’s like to get to the flying field and there’s no wind or be able to give you practical tips to having a successful kite flying experience with your children. A kite flyer can also keep you abreast of new products, modifications, kite events and so much more!

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Two Year Contract - Canada Post


Great News!  Canada Post and the Union have reached a tentative 2-year agreement which means kites will be flying out of here worry-free destined for kite flyers across Canada!

I have copied the announcement sent to me via email from Canada post today at 6:39pm MST. (see below)

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers reach two-year agreements

Notice to Customers
Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers reach two-year agreements
Canadians can now ship with confidence heading into the holiday season

OTTAWA – Canada Post is pleased to have reached tentative short-term agreements with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). The agreements will avert a work disruption, bringing much-needed certainty in the postal system for our employees and customers. Canadians can now use the postal system with confidence. This is especially important as Canadian businesses large and small are already planning for the upcoming holiday shipping season.

These agreements are for a period of two years, rather than the typical four-year contracts negotiated in the past. The issues facing the Corporation, with declining mail volumes and a growing pension obligation, are complex. This approach provides more time for thoughtful discussion and analysis on how to best address these issues without the ongoing threat of a work disruption. The agreements must be ratified by members.

Canada Post would also like to thank the mediators for their help in bringing a neutral perspective to the discussions."

We are thrilled with this news and with new stock arriving very soon, we'll be full steam ahead with some of the best kites, kite line and kite accessories available in Canada.

Should you have any questions concerning your order on our Canadian online kite shop, please be sure to let us know!

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Shipping Update -Canada Post

Shipping Update -Canada Post

 

The labour situation with Canada Post and the Union has yet to be resolved.  As we understand it, the Unions first strike mandate is set to expire Thursday August 25th.  It is expected that the Union will then serve Canada Post with 72 hour strike notice which means they could be in a legal strike position roughly August 28.  This doesn't mean they will strike, just that they can legally strike.


We will continue to do our best to monitor the situation, and if need be we have successfully tested other reliable options to ship your kites.

Continue to place your orders through our website as usual and we will ship your orders in a timely manner and advise you of your tracking number and carrier as per our standard practice.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Extended leaders on B-Series Rev Kite Handles

Extended leaders on B-Series Rev Kite Handles

Revolution Kite - extended leadersIf you haven't tried a Revolution kite - you really have to take the plunge!   Revolution kites are one of the most dynamically expressive and interactive sport wing kites you can enjoy today!   If you have, you know the thrill first hand and are at work studying the master flyers and tuning your kites and accessories for your personal flying preferences.

You also know that Great Canadian Kite Company is hands down one of the best Canadian sources for Rev kites and accessories including lines,  custom handles, frames and replacement parts - all at competitive prices with great personalized service!

 

B-Series flyers will recognize the extended leaders on their handles but for those of us flying 1.5's and other Rev kite packages the extended leaders may be new to us.

The extended leaders replace the top leaders on your flying handles.   They are almost 2 times longer and have a series of knots along the length of it.  These make for a series of  points to connect your flying line to the handles.  Each point alters the aspect of the wing (kite) in effect adding or reducing brake.  This ideally helps tune our kites not only for the conditions but also our flying preferences and abilities.

We had time to spend with the Master himself, Jon Baressi and among other things he shared his tuning tip for new fliers on B-leaders.  

"Start at the end knot, try to launch, bring in one knot at a time until you can launch. Every couple months, do the same approach again and as they get better, their "happy knot" will be further and further out."

It is a very simple and practical approach and with practice your skills will improve Revolution kites - extended leaders B-Seriesdramatically.   When we teach people to fly Revolution kites we like to use handles with extended leaders because we find it increase flyer success much faster.   The sooner our students experience success with their kites, the sooner they're tearing up the sky - with a big grin on their face!

If you have a set of handles with the normal leaders, not to worry.  We stock extended leaders here at the Great Canadian Kite Company.   The are so easy to install!  You may want to consider including those new leaders with a new Revolution kite as well!

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