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It's a piece-o-cake
Here are tried and true tips that will help get your first two-line sport kite off the ground. Having a companion with you is a plus, but even if you are alone, you can easily learn to launch and land your kite with the grace of a master.
  1. Put your kite together. (Duh)
    It helps to do a practice run before you get out into the wind and elements. Take care not to tangle the bridle lines with the cross spars. Then, attach your flying lines to the kite.
  2. Prepare for takeoff.
    The wind needs to be blowing directly into the face of the kite. Anchor the kite by having someone hold it for you, or lay the kite on its back and put sand or a pebble on the sail to keep it from blowing around. Run your flight lines all the way out before launching. Generally, lines are between one hundred and one hundred fifty feet in length.
  3. Launching.
    There are three basic ways to launch a sport kite:
    a. Have a friend hold the kite from the back side and then let go as you launch.
    b. Prop your kite up so that it is standing on its own and leaning back a little. Go back to your handles and launch.
    c. If your kite has stand-offs, simply walk back to pull the kite up into position and pull down with your hands to launch.
  4. Flying.
    Pull right, the kite goes right. Pull left, the kite goes left. Pull evenly on both lines and it will lift. Anytime your flight lines are even, your kite will fly in the direction it is pointed. The more radical you are with your hand movements, the more erratic your kite will perform.
  5. Spins.
    Pull or push your line to turn the kite, and then hold your hand position. The kite will spin. Remember that as the kite spins, you are wrapping the flying lines so you will need to spin the kite in the opposite direction an equal number of times to unwrap them.
  6. Perfect Landings.
    Simply guide the kite to the left or right side, gently turning downward while walking toward the kite. Less than perfect landings are not to be feared. Most parts are replaceable if lost or broken.
  7. Fly safely.
    Don't be a hazard to yourself and those around you. Please read the section on kite safety and kite etiquette before you head out to the flying field. Nothing screams "kite amateur" more than a careless fool.

Congratulations! You are now on your way to becoming the next big, hotshot, kite master. Enter kite competitions and win lots of big prizes!  Strut your stuff. Amaze your friends. Dine with royalty in exotic, faraway places. It's all there waiting for you. Take it.


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