Kites are the most amazing way of just having a spot of fun trying to fly them, make them perform aerial manouveres, or even use them to pull you along in sports such as kite surfing.
Skills – Strength: 1-10, Balance: 1, Flexibility: 1, Agility: 1, Coordination: 5
Time needed: 15 mins to several hours, Cost to try: £5+ depending on the kite
Kite flying is a fantastic outdoor pastime, where you pit your skills against the wind. There is a huge range of types of kites and kite sports to choose from. You could try kite surfing, kite boarding, power kiting, stunt kite flying or even make your own kite.
A good place to start choosing the right kite for you is to have a chat with the staff at your local kite shop. A kite shop will have lots of kiting products they can tell you about, and often have videos they can show you so you can get an idea of what is involved. Before you spend your hard earned cash, get an idea of how the kites you are interested in perform. You don’t want to buy a huge hard kite that you won’t be able to control and may break on its first crash landing. Likewise, you want to know how to handle these beasties.
Today, in addition to kites that are mainly flown for recreation, art or practical use, there are sport kites and power kites. Sport kites are flown in aerial ballet. Power kites are multi-line steerable kites designed to generate excess force which can be applied in related activities such as kite surfing, kite landboarding or kite buggying.
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