First, go and buy Dave Gomberg's book, "Stunt Kites". A kite shop
should have a copy. If you don't have a kite shop nearby, or if your's
doesn't have one, then you can order one from the Kitelines bookstore,
or one of the mail order places. Check the FAQ, posted here once a
week, for addresses and phone numbers.
|>When you first start out, use a partner and have them hold the kite still
|>on the ground. Lay out the two strings parallel and walk to the end
|>(where the handles are). Make sure that the amount of line on each side
|>is nearly equal (they almost NEVER are when they first come out of the
The lines should be as close as possible to being exactly the same
length. It it much easier to fly a stunt kite with equal length lines.
|>Once you have two equal lengths, have your partner hold the kite aloft and
|>launch it when you feel a stiff breeze (don't know the exact specs for ideal
|>wind speed but people I've talked to say Trilbys need more than other stunt
Yes, Trlbys do require a bit more wind than some others, especially in
the beginning when you are starting. I would suggest not even going
out if the leaves in the trees aren't rustling, otherwise you won't
have enough wind.
|>Initially, just hang onto both handles and, if the kite is put together right,
|>it should go straight up. Pull on one handle firmly to start a spiral and,
|>when a single spiral is complete, ease back on the same handle so it is back
|>to the starting position and the kite should go up again although the lines
|>will have a single twist. Reverse the procedure (pull back on other handle)
|>and the twist will un-do itself.
You should be aware in which direction the lines are twisted so that
you can undo them. Flying line can have a few twists in it and you can
still maintain control.
At some point, if you have determined that you like flying stunt
kites, you should replace the flying line line that came with the kite
with Spectra flying line. Spectra is slippery, which means you can put
more twists into the line and still have control of the kite, and it
doesn't stretch very much, which means you can have more precise
control over the kite.
|>Biggest problem I have is that, on a really sunny day, you can't tell at
|>any given moment whether or not you've gotten all of your "twists" out
|>and the lines are back to normal.
There are brightly colored flying lines available which will make this
determination easier. Also, with Spectra line you can often feel when
the lines first become twisted.
|>Other than that - practice and good luck.
Yes, like anything, the more you practice, the better you get...
|>P.S. If I want to invest in another (better quality) stunt kite, can someone
|>make a suggestion? I've heard that Powells are pretty good but have never seen
|>or flown any.
Many people fly Trlbys exclusively. Most competitors fly the larger
delta/dart shaped kites. Visit a kite shop and ask their opinion, or
better yet, find some experienced kite flyers and ask for their
advice. They will often let you try other kites out, which is the best
way to determine if you want to buy something or not.
Failing that, the net is full of people with opinions about which
kites to buy and which to avoid.
|>P.P.S. I think the tail is optional but I wouldn't fly it without it because
|>it is the spiraling tail that draws the OOHs and AAHs from the spectators.
One day, I was doing all sorts of neat things with my kite, tip
stands, daring landings, fancy moves of all sorts. I was solo flying
(flying through a dog stake) and doing tricks that way too. No one was
paying any attention to me. They were all watching Hank Manseau fly
his stack of Dyna-kites. The Dyna-kites, with their long flowing tails
were a beautiful spectacle and Hank was doing a good job, but he
wasn't doing anything fancy, just easy passes and loops...
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