Tied to the Sky / kite shop in Canada
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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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!
If 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 dramatically. 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!
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. 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, [provide quality information, products and service and to become the ‘first choice’ supplier of quality kites and accessories in Canada.
We are often asked how we found ourselves flying kites. It started over 15 years ago ago. I was married, two kids and chasing the "American / Canadian dream" trading Agricultural Commodities up and down the western side of the continent. This always demanded more time. At the same time I pursuing a passion for ministry which took tons of time too. As you may appreciate there were never enough hours in the day for other important things like my family and some sanity breaks for myself!
Well, my dream came true, and I started ministry full-time and building a ministry that would care for people with no strings attached. We did a youth drop-in centre with an indoor skateboard park, we had a clothing bank, furniture exchange, give away food to anyone in need with no expectation of return. While it was a dream come true, there are more issues, more people experiencing challenges than one guy or even a small team could handle. I found that I was working 16 plus hours a day, seven days a week. As you have probably guessed, I was getting pretty ‘toasty’. I knew I needed to cool things down a bit as I didn’t want to burn out. In conversation with a friend, he encouraged me to slow down a bit and suggested that I spend more time with my family and spend more time with a hobby. A hobby? What’s that?
Near the end of the week, doing the tourist thing in Ocean Shores, we stumbled into a store that sold kites. It was like the lights went on. You know like this holy light shines down, and the Hallelujah chorus starts playing – your right, no one else heard it, but I sure did! I started talking to the salesmen, and I discovered these were a lot of different kites than the $2.95 plastic Bat kites with the yellow eyes I had as a kid. He explained to me what they could do, how to set them up and basic flight techniques. I was sold…. I bought my first stunt kite.
As you can guess, we all fell in love with kites and have expanded our kite collection into various kinds of kites, and we spend many afternoons, evenings and even sneak away from the office for
A couple of reasons – We are ordinary people, who enjoy kites, know what we like and want to share this passion with others. We want to promotes the sport, shares the fun, and provide
After a decade of hard work and fun, we are pleased with what the Great Canadian Kite Company has become, where it is going, and this is in no small part from you, our customers! Thanks for your business and friendship!
So check us out! If you don’t see it, ask! Looking forward to meeting you all on the flying field!
Kite line Sleeving
(You can find this article in our Kite Resources section too!)
Line sets are an important and costly necessity of flying your multiline sport kite, so it is important to make sure that you take steps to protect your line sets to maintain performance, increase longevity of the line and save you money.
Sleeving is like a tube sock that we put on the ends of spectra kite lines or any place where we tie a knot. Sleeving is made of hollow braided Dacron and is usually positioned at either end of each line where the line connects via a Larkshead Knot to the flying straps or to the kite tow point.
Spectra kite line, while stronger than steel, has a relatively low melting point. Wherever there is a knot in the line this is a place of friction which creates heat and will significantly reduce the strength of your spectra line and will be the point of a line break.
This sleeving material acts like a heat diffuser by reducing and diffusing the heat generated by friction at the knot.
Sleeving Your lines.
At Great Canadian Kite Company, all of the sport kite spectra line sets we sell comes pre-sleeved. We are pleased to offer Shanti Kite line that provides superior braid, performance and kite line life. That being said it is possible to purchase line sets that are not sleeved, or perhaps you wish to buy bulk kite line and make your own line sets and then a kite line sleeving kit is an invaluable tool!
To make your own line sets you will first want to stretch your lines and make them equal length. With cheaper line (even cheaper spectra labeled line) you can expect lines to stretch as much as 12-15% where quality line sets may stretch 4-6%. The point is line will stretch with use and it may be necessary to equalize your lines from time to time.
Once your lines are stretched and measured you are ready to sleeve each end. Our Sleeving kits come with simple instruction, two different colours of sleeving and a sleeving tool. Here are the basic steps to sleeving your spectra kite line:
- Sleeve one end of the line at a time making sure that you use the same colour of sleeving for both ends of the same line. This is really helpful to help you keep straight which line goes to each side of the kite and which its corresponding flying strap.
- Insert the sleeving tool through your Dacron sleeving. Pull the tool a few centimetres through the sleeving.
- After the tool is inserted through the Dacron carefully take a lighter and melt the ends of the dacron for a clean looking sleeving job. This will keep the Dacron sleeving from fraying.
- Thread your Spectra line through the end of the sleeving tool and pull the tool back through the dacron sleeving bringing the kite line with it.
- With the sleeving now on your line, you can remove the sleeving tool.
- Slide the sleeving towards the end of the line being careful not to go too far or you will have to reinstall the sleeve using the sleeving tool.
- Tie a knot in the very end of the line (including the sleeve).
- Stretch the sleeving back up the line so it won't bunched up.
- Tie another knot at the end farthest from the end.
- Bring these two knots together and make a loop as shown below. Make sure this loop is big enough that you can easily tie a Larkshead knot to attach to the kite or flying straps. Ensure these loops are the same size on each end of each line.
The end of the line is now sleeved and you can repeat the process for each of the other lines. Remember: make sure you have the same colour sleeving on the ends of the same line.