I buggy almost everyday and never have problems with twist in my lines
after unwinding the lines and getting ready to buggy. Here is the
correct way to wind and unwind your flying lines:
--Unwinding your lines:
1. Carry kite bag straight down wind from your buggy/board/etc...
2. Carefully pull handles out of bag, so that you don't accidentally
pull the handles through any part of the kite's bridle. Close bag and
lay the bag on the ground, with kite still in bag.
3. With the top of the handles pointing toward the kite/bag, start
walking upwind, while allowing the lines to unwind off of the handles,
until you've unwound the lines completely.
4. At this point, your lines will look like they're twisted a hundred
times, but don't panic, because they're not!
5. Stake handles down so that the top of the handles are pointed toward
the kite/bag. Wrap the bottom lines around the stake 1-3 times to keep
the kite from accidentally self launching, once you remove it from the
6. Walk back to the bag and carefully remove the kite from the bag.
Unfold or spread out kite on the ground carefully so that you don't
stuff the kite through the bridles.
7. Make sure leading edge of kite (the end with the holes/openings) is
pointing upwards, so that the kite is resting on the ground on it's
trailing edge. This will keep the kite from self launching.
8. Stand behind kite and pull the kite down wind so that the lines pull
9. Check bridles for tangles or breaks in the bridle. Undo any tangles.
10. Check the line to bridle connection points, to insure that they are
11. Walk back to handles and carefully pick up handles from stake,
making sure that you have the top of the handles pointed toward the
12. Your flying lines will look like there are a lot of twist in them,
but they're only looped over each other. Don't try and untwist lines at
this point if the lines look twisted.
13. With one handle in each hand (left handle in left hand, right handle
in right hand), bounce the kite up and down on the ground so that the
kite doesn't come off the ground more that a meter, and spread your arms
apart so that the lines un-loop from each other.
14. At this point your lines should be twist free if you're lucky. You
may still have 3-5 twist in your lines. If so, place both handles
together in one hand and carefully rotate the handles so that you
untwist the lines.
--Winding Up lines:
1. Stake down handles.
2. Fold or gather kite and put in storage bag, so that it won't
accidentally launch, while you're rolling up your lines (this is the
safest way, especially in heavy winds).
3. Walk back to handles.
4. Pick up handles with either hand with top of handles pointing toward
5. Grasp all four lines with your free hand, close to the handles and
start winding the lines around the handles (direction doesn't matter as
long as you keep the top of the handles pointed toward the kite).
6. Wind lines fairly tight around the padding of the handles until you
reach the kite.
7. Wind the last 2 feet of line between the handles. This will keep your
lines from unravelling off of the handles.
8. Place handles in bag so that the handles go in, bottom first.
9. Close kite bag.
10. Don't forget to pick up your ground stake.
You can buy a golf ball stake at most kite stores. Or you can use a long
screwdriver to stake your kite lines down to the ground.
All this sounds time consuming and complicated, but it's really not,
once you get used to it. This method sure beats, spending a half an hour
or longer, untwisting your twisted, tangled lines. The key to no line
twist, is rolling and unrolling the lines from the same end of the
handles. And "NO", it doesn't matter which hand you hold the lines or
I included a couple extra safety inspection steps in these instructions,
because I know that some fliers/buggiers don't inspect their equipment
as often as they need to.
-Join the American Kitefliers Association: http://www.aka.kite.org
-Join the Texas Buggy Riders (e-group):
-Join the American Kite buggier (e-group):
-AKA Region's 7 & 8 Kite events calendar: