Tied to the Sky / performance kites
Father's Day is just around the corner, but it's not too late to get the special dad in your life a gift that will thrill!. Kites are a fantastic way to get some fresh air, fly stress away and have fun! Whether he is tearing up the sky with a Stunt Kite or chillin' with a Single Line Kite dancing on the wind, are great fun for the whole family!
We have a wide selection of quality made, great flying single line kites for almost any taste!. Easy to fly kites in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs make single line kites a great choice for family fun and relaxation!
Our Stunt kites will Thrill!! Stunt kites allow the flyer to become a pilot as they take control of the kite lines; fly loops and spins, and with practice, you can learn some jaw-dropping kite tricks. Stunt kites are a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
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Kite line is an important asset for every kite, especially performance stunt kites. Not all line is created equal! The old adage "You get what you pay for" is true with kite line.
For example, there is a big difference between generic spectra line and Shanti. Shanti is a premium quality because of the fibre quality, braiding and fibre treatment which reduces drag and friction! This means longer kite line life and better kite performance.
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 coating the line 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 2009, Shanti began working with engineers to produce a coating that was specifically designed for kite flying not fishing. This new neon yellow coating uses a polymer-alloy which bonds to the fibres and protects them from damage while remaining slippery.
The new coating allows Shanti to work with some new high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) fibres. “High modulus” is a comparative term which simply refers to the fibres strength to weight ratio. High modulus fibre is stronger and lighter than low modulus fibre.
The new line from Shanti - Skybond - has the highest modulus rating of any kite line they have tested. They explain a 100lb/test Skybond line is thinner than 90 lb/test Spectra, but is 10% stronger, costs almost the same! Bonus!
Is Skybond better than Shanti’s Speedline? Nope. This is the classic oranges versus apples question. Speedline has a soft finish. It is more slippery, has less stretch and wears 3 to 5 times longer than other high performance lines. But for flyers who like coated lines, the new Skybond is as revolutionary as the original was 32 years ago. Skybond is also made in the USA.
Info: courtesy of Shanti Kite Company
When you list the top performance kites in the world, R-Sky kites are consistently at the top of the list. R-Sky is a legendary kite maker with some of the most elite stunt kites in the world. Made in France, these kites are consistent winners at International competitions and trick parties. Super quality and design makes for a super fun trick machine that will keep you smiling!
Looking for that specific R-Sky kite? We are preparing an order from R-Sky and if you had something special in mind, now would be a great time to get your order in! Maybe you are looking for a Fifteen in your favorite colours, or a custom sail NSE, a team kite like the Next or a freestyle speedster like the KFX. Not many kites can beat the kite that started it all like a classic Nirvana!
Contact us today to discuss how we can get the ball rolling on your new R-Sky kites and special pre-order pricing!
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 write here - twitch, twitch - the tell-tale signs of a "jones-ing kite" addict.
As fond as I am of most kites, I do have my favorites and I will be writing about some of them in the days to come - the likes of HQ Kites, Revolution, some very cool kites coming out of ITW and my absolute favorite dual-line stunt kite maker - R-Sky based in France. I have flown a number of R-Sky's kites and have yet to fly one I am not immediately in love with. My favorite right now in the NSE.
You know, I've heard folks talk about this and I think its true, some kites pick you not the other way around. Now, I am not like the John Baressi's or the Richard Debray's of the kite world - who, I am personally convinced, you could put kite lines on the hood of a car and they would still win championships, but right from the get go it felt like the NSE just liked me! It seems to work well with my style of flying and it has never ceased to put a smile on my face.
Lest I descend into gushing praise, I wanted to introduce you to R-Sky and a bit of their 15 year history. I have gleaned this information from R-Sky's website and with the use of Google Translator and my grade 12 French class (a looong time ago). I have attempted to present an amazing story of dedication, innovation and performance. This is the R-Sky story.
R-Sky was born in 1996 by Roger Tessa-Gambassi. Roger had been working on several designs and they were well liked by many pilots. This was the beginning of his passion, now taking on new life in the building of innovative and quality performance kites. In 1997, R-Sky launched its first website and started a workshop in Paris in the south of France. In the early days some of their production was outsourced to Cavalier du Ciel. In 1998, Roger won the Regional Freestyle Championships, he became a promoter of the Freestyle kite style and then eventually a judge for freestyle competitions. It was about this time when R-Sky started Le Tricks Night (The Trick Night) - night shows at festivals from Narbonne to Cap d'Agde. This was a full-on event with some incredible freestyle flying with all the trimmings including fireworks and dancing.
In 1999 Rogers captured the Great South Regional title and continued his work in promoting freestyle flying and the style continued to grow in popularity. As a part of this, the Trick Party was born which saw some of the best, creative and innovative kite flyers gather for full on kite fun. It was also 1990 when Roger made some Freestyle lesson videos for Eolemag - an early e-zine.
The year 2000, R-Sky connects with The Bilboquet and they help with distribution abroad. At the same time R-Sky was using ballast in their kites. Opium became a really popular kite for R-Sky. That same year Roger and Christophe Cardon won the pairs competition in the Trick Party held in Fort Mahon on the first anniversary of the Trick Party movement. Roger also created the trophy for the winner of the Trophée de France at the request of the FFVL.
R-Sky launches their new website in 2001 and the first prototype of the legendary Nirvana emerged, and the team kite the Krystal went into production. Roger kept up his winning ways as he also took the Coupe de France. 2002 saw R-SKY flyers on the podium at the France Championships. Richard Debray won the Championnat de France Freestyle (Trick Party). Cosmic pair Samuel Roger / Marcy Lawrence took first place and Joker, Roger Tessa-Gambassi / Steff vice champion.
The Italian Championship was won flying the R-Sky Opium as was the Vice Champion in the Spain Championships. This year saw 8 of the 10 top flyers flying R-Sky kites. It was also the year the Yoyo stopper / blocker was developed.
In 2003, the group at R-Sky organized Narbonne Festival "Natur'ailes". 2003 also marked the release of the legendary Nirvana and with it came lots of freestyle videos on the internet. Richard Debray won his first title as Champion of France, Europe and became King of Tricks by winning all of the season's Party Tricks.
R-Sky's team was also invited to the festival in Wildwood to organize a freestyle workshops for American fliers. They managed to win a few trophy's while in the USA as well. Later that year, adding to the trophy case, R-SKY with Richard Debray, Steff Ferme and Erikas Quiros take the first three places in the European Cup with the Nirvana. And once again, the Italian championship was won flying the Opium.
The team participates in the video Kite Attitude directed by Bilboquet in 2004. Richard Debray won the European and French Championship. Speaking of Championships, the Opium was the kite of choice for the Italian and Spanish Champs. R-Sky also begins to invent and engineer their own parts like yoyo stoppers, stand off / sail receivers and centre -t's.
Sylvie and Roger organized the Freestyle World Cup at Cap d'Agde. This monumentale event involved 18 countries and 150 participants. The R-Sky team won all the titles, individual World Champion Richard Debray, third with Steff Ferme'. Champion and Vice World Champion in pairs with Cosmic Joker, Champion and Vice World Champion Team with LSD and Sound of Tricks. The R-Sky team also took French Championship via Richard Debray and also a third with Benoit Martinet. Add a Junior Champion of France with the Opium.
January of 2006 the team welcomes a new pilot: Randy Greenway from the USA. Randy focused on the development of many video tutorials for freestyle flying and a blog, becoming a premeir source for those who wanted to learn. His video's are still online and an awesome resource!
Guess what? Richard Debray won the French and European Championships with Steff Ferme' a close second in Europe. The same year the Italian championships were won flying a Nirvana.
R-SKY celebrates its 10th anniversary and for the occasion creates a numbered "Collector Series" with numbered models. Also, 2006 saw all models offered with new Icone framing and Roger also went to work tweeking designs and their appearance. The R-Sky team of flyers continued to dominate the Trick Party's in all categories.
R-SKY developed and commercializes a new bag specially designed for kite flyers seeing 500 sold in only a few months. These bags were spectacular - well designed, made to the highest quality. I personally own one of these bags and I have seen nothing close to it!
R- Sky launched the super-cool single-line kite Bird'X in 2007. They continued to support and develop the Trick Party in various countries around the world. R-Sky pilots continued to take home the hardware - Champion of France with Laurent Marcy and Vice Champion with Samuel Roger. The Italian champion was won with R-Sky's Krystal.
New for 2007 was the Next and Next Team kites and that same year saw Belgian Freestyle Champ Christian Derefat bring the Daiblis design to the R-Sky stable of elite performance kites.
2010 was a year of transition and reflection on the future. This led to R-Sky moving to a larger production facility in Beziers. Shortly after, the Toxic was launched - a state of the art design. And Debray and Ferme' continued their domination of the podium in Europe and 2009 saw some significant changes for R-Sky. They waded into single line kites in a more deliberate way and also made the difficult decision to disband their team of world class flyers. These pilots continued to dominate adding more titles to an already impressive list of accomplishments.
2011 saw R-Sky celebrate it's 15th anniversary boasting a huge list of accomplishment with some of the best performing stunt kites ever made. To celebrate 15 years R-Sky launched the Fifteen - an innovative out-of-the-box number that is a blast to fly! R-Sky kites have found their way to over 50 countries around the world with a reputation of craftsmanship, innovation and performance. Raising the bar - in a class all their own!
Since the posting of this blog - R-Sky continues to innovate! The Nirvana 3 Edition has since be released! They are also make some bold steps into larger single line inflatables as well!