Single-Line Kites

General Questions

What’s the difference framed kites and soft foil kites?
Framed kites have a fixed wing shaped by sailcloth stretched across a rigid fiberglass or carbon fiber frame. Framed single-line kites come in many shapes, from the classic diamond to deltas, box kites and gliders.

Foil kites are similar to paragliders and ram-air parachutes in their construction. Made from fabric only, they get their shape as the wind inflates the wing chambers through inlets along the leading edge. Multiple bridle lines hold the wing in a specific shape and angle to the wind. Foils are great for travel because they stuff into a small pouch and have no separate parts to lose or assemble.

What’s a good place to fly single-line kites?
All kites fly best in smooth, consistent wind, so choose your flying spot carefully to avoid gusty or turbulent wind. Like whitewater in a river, wind that flows past obstacles like trees, buildings and hills becomes gusty and choppy and can make controlling your kite difficult. The best place to fly is an open beach or field with wind blowing from off the water. If you fly inland, look for wide open fields or hilltops with no trees, buildings, or hills for at least a quarter mile upwind. With experience you’ll be able to fly in less than perfect conditions more easily, but when you’re just learning, a smooth, consistent wind makes a huge difference.
How much wind do you need?
For most all-around kites, a steady 8-12 mph is ideal. With experience, you’ll quickly learn how to feel the air currents through the line and keep your kite aloft in lighter winds too. Smaller kites typically need a bit more wind, and some specialized kites like the Zero G are built so light that they can glide around on a flat calm day, or even indoors.
What’s the easiest way to launch a kite?
Have a helper walk the kite downwind 20 to 30 paces while you let out the line. With the nose pointed upward, pull in some line to launch and the kite will climb into the sky. If you don’t have a helper, prop the kite pointed up against a log, a stump, or some handy object and pull it into the air from 75-100 feet upwind. In light winds the kite may be reluctant to climb. Often the wind is stronger and steadier higher up, so pull in line to help drive it upward, then let line out whenever you feel wind pressure on the sail.
What’s the easiest way to launch a kite by myself?
Stand with your back to the wind and hold the kite with nose pointed up until it catches enough wind to go aloft. Let out line slowly as the kite goes higher, and pull in when the wind slacks off. As the kite gains altitude you’ll be able to let line out more quickly. The kite may be squirrelly down low but it will get more stable as you reach stronger wind higher up.
What’s the easiest way to retrieve a kite quickly in strong winds?
In stronger winds or with a harder pulling kite, it’s easiest to “walk the kite down.” Have a friend hold your winder or tie it off to an anchor. Then walk towards the kite, pulling down the line hand over hand. It is important to use gloves with a hard-pulling kite, as a strong gust of wind could cause kite line to cut your hands. Some Prism kites like the Bora come with a metal clip on the bag for walking the kite down. Simply hook the clip over the line, hold the bag and walk toward the kite until you’ve brought the kite safely back to earth.
How do I attach the line to my kite?
Many Prism kites come with a clip to attach your line so no knot is needed. For kites without a clip, tie a Lark’s Head knot to connect the loop on your flying line to the pigtail on your kite. Here’s a video of how to tie the Lark’s Head knot.
Can I adjust my single-line bridle for different winds?
Some Prism kites come with an adjustable bridle point that we set at the factory to perform best in moderate winds of about 8-12 mph. In very light or strong winds the kite may loop or dive to one side, indicating that the bridle should be adjusted to hold the kite at a better angle to the wind. Simply loosen the knot on the line attachment pigtail and slide it forward or backward slightly to change the kite’s angle to the wind. Single-line kites generally fly best with the pigtail closer to the nose in light winds, and closer to the tail in strong winds.

Bora Product Questions

Which size is most versatile?
The Bora 7 is the biggest and most stable. It will fly in the lightest wind and stay more stable in gusty winds due to its larger sail.
Is the Bora a good backpacking kite?
It’s awesome for backpackers and anyone traveling light and fast. With no parts to lose and nothing to break, all three sizes stuff into a pocket-sized pouch and weigh just ounces.
Does the Bora pull hard enough to lift my GoPro?
We’ve had fun using the Bora 7 in stronger winds (15mph+) to lift small action cameras on a simple stabilizing pendulum mount.
Is the bridle adjustable?
The Bora bridle is fixed and requires no adjustment through its full wind range.
What’s the difference between braided and twisted flying line?
Braided line costs more, but it’s easier on the hands and won’t twist and tangle as easily as twisted line. The Bora includes braided line on a round hoop winder that makes winding and unwinding your line quick and easy.

Bora Support Questions

My Bora kite weaves from side to side and won’t stay up
First check your flying spot: Do you have any trees, buildings, or hills upwind that could be making the wind gusty and turbulent?

If you have a good place to fly, smooth wind and the kite still weaves from side to side, check that your bridle isn’t knotted up or tangled. Any slight unevenness can affect the sail shape and cause problems.

Still having problems? Contact us and we can help you figure out what’s going on.

How do I fix a torn Bora sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Pica Product Questions

Why is the tail detachable?
The tail snaps on and off to make it easy to pack and unpack. And if you happen to encounter a kite-eating tree, the tail can break free to release the kite.
What’s the difference between braided and twisted flying line?
Braided line costs more, but it’s easier on the hands and won’t twist and tangle as easily as twisted line. The Pica includes braided line on a round hoop winder that makes winding and unwinding your line quick and easy.

Pica Support Questions

Can I replace a lost or broken rod on my Pica?
Your frame can withstand most normal use (and those inevitable unplanned landings), but replacing a rod is quick and easy, and some pilots carry an extra when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I fix a torn Pica sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Mantis Product Questions

Why is the tail detachable?
The tail snaps on and off to make it easy to pack and unpack. And if you happen to encounter a kite-eating tree, the tail can break free to release the kite.
What’s the difference between braided and twisted flying line?
Braided line costs more, but it’s easier on the hands and won’t twist and tangle as easily as twisted line. The Mantis includes braided line on a round hoop winder that makes winding and unwinding your line quick and easy.

Mantis Support Questions

My Mantis weaves from side to side or won’t stay up
First check your flying spot: Do you have any trees, buildings, or hills upwind that could be making the wind gusty and turbulent?

If you have smooth wind, a great place to fly, and the kite still weaves from side to side:

  • IMPORTANT: Be sure that the Velcro tensioner at the spine is tight to put a good bow in the spine from nose to tail. The kite will be less stable if you don’t tighten the spine enough.
  • If the wind is light, move the line attachment point on the bridle upwards towards the nose in ½” increments to give the kite more lift.
  • If the wind is strong and the kite weaves from side to side, move the line attachment point down towards the tail in ½” increments until it flies stable.

Still having problems? Contact us and we can help you figure out what’s going on.

Can I replace a lost or broken rod?
Your frame can withstand most normal use (and those inevitable unplanned landings), but replacing a rod is quick and easy, and some pilots carry an extra when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I fix a torn Mantis sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Stowaway Delta Product Questions

Can I attach additional tails to my Stowaway Delta?
Yes you can, and tails are a great way to make your show visible from far away. Attach one, two or three of our colorful Tube Tails, or add something of your own. The Delta includes webbing loops on the spine and wingtips for three tail attachment points.
What’s the difference between braided and twisted flying line?
Braided line costs more, but it’s easier on the hands and won’t twist and tangle as easily as twisted line. The Stowaway Delta includes braided line on a round hoop winder that makes winding and unwinding your line quick and easy.

Stowaway Delta Support Questions

My Stowaway Delta weaves from side to side or won’t stay up
First check your flying spot: Do you have any trees, buildings, or hills upwind that could be making the wind gusty and turbulent?

If you have a great place to fly, smooth wind and the kite still weaves from side to side:

  • Be sure that the cap at the end of the spine is connected to keep tension on the spine.
  • Check to be sure the upper spreader goes through the webbing loop that maintains the kite shape in strong winds.
  • Rotate the rods in one leading edge sleeve by about 90 degrees. Sometimes a slight difference in rod stiffness from one side to the other can affect flight.

Still having problems? Contact us and we can help you figure out what’s going on.

How do I fix a torn Stowaway Delta sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

Can I replace a lost or broken rod?
Your frame can withstand most normal use (and those inevitable unplanned landings), but replacing a rod is quick and easy, and some pilots carry an extra when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Triad Product Questions

Can you re-launch it if you crash?
Sure, with a bit of practice. Just give the kite a few sharp tugs and it will flip around and re-launch.
How do I make a train with multiple Triads?
You can fly 2, 3 or many Triads on one string by making branch lines off a main line just like a tree with a kite at the end of each branch. Simply tie a 15-20 foot leader to each kite, then tie them on the main line every 15-20 feet as you gradually let it out. Our record was 50 Triads flying off one one line, set in a perfectly smooth beach wind of around 9 mph.
How can I stabilize the Triad in stronger winds?
If the wind gets strong and the kite won’t fly stable, slide the V-shaped spine fittings at the back edge of the kite forward a few inches. The back edge of the sail will flap and create drag, stabilizing the kite beyond its normal wind range.

Triad Support Questions

My Triad isn't flying stable
Be sure you’re flying in a place with smooth, steady wind. Then sight down the three spine rods and check that all six V-shaped fittings are centered and lined up with each other in the V formed by the sail. If the fittings get too crooked they can put a twist in the sail and destabilize the kite.
How do I fix a torn Triad sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Atom Product Questions

How do you put it together?
The Atom assembles itself. Just spread the wings apart and it will hinge open into flying position with nothing to put together and no parts to lose.
What tricks can you do with it?
The Atom will entertain you for hours with a playful range of tumbling tricks. Experiment with tugging and slacking the line to make the kite flip, tumble, glide and recover back up into the sky.
Can you re-launch the Atom from the ground if you crash?
Sure, with a bit of practice. Just give the kite a few sharp tugs and it will roll over into launch position.
Can I make a train with multiple Atoms?
You can fly 2, 3 or many Atoms on one string by making branch lines off a main line just like a tree with a kite at the end of each branch. Simply tie a 15-20 foot leader to each kite, then tie them on the main line every 15-20 feet as you gradually let it out.
How do you launch the Atom?
Just hold it up with the attachment point pointed into the wind and let out the line. Or have a friend take it downwind a ways to make launching easier in light winds.
What’s the difference between braided and twisted flying line?
Braided line costs more, but it’s easier on the hands and won’t twist and tangle as easily as twisted line. The Atom includes braided line on a round hoop winder that makes winding and unwinding your line quick and easy.

Atom Support Questions

My Atom keeps flying straight down into the ground
This can happen if you try to launch with the kite oriented upside down. Be sure the line attachment point is pointed forward and upwards into the wind before you launch.
How do I fix a torn Atom sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

EO-6 Product Questions

What tricks can the EO6 do?
The EO-6 can entertain you for hours with a playful range of tumbling tricks. Experiment with tugging and slacking the line to make the kite flip, tumble, glide and recover back up into the sky. Roll it up like a yo-yo and the crowd will go wild. Unroll by tossing the kite like a glider and they’ll call you a hero.
How do you put it together?
Th EO-6 assembles itself. Just remove the clasp and it will spring open into flying position with nothing to put together and no parts to lose. Hook on your line and you’re ready to fly.
Can I make a train with multiple kites?
You can fly 2, 3 or many EO-6’s on one string by making branch lines off a main line just like a tree with a kite at the end of each branch. Simply tie a 15-20 foot leader to each kite, then tie them on the main line every 15-20 feet as you gradually let it out.
How do you launch the EO-6?
Just hold it up with the attachment point pointed into the wind and let out the line. Or have a friend take it downwind a ways to make launching easier in light winds.
What’s the difference between braided and twisted flying line?
Braided line costs more, but it’s easier on the hands and won’t twist and tangle as easily as twisted line. The EO-6 includes braided line on a round hoop winder that makes winding and unwinding your line quick and easy.

EO-6 Support Questions

My EO-6 flies straight down into the ground when I launch
This can happen if you try to launch with the kite oriented upside down. Be sure the line attachment point is pointed forward and upwards into the wind as shown in the diagram on the packaging.

In strong winds (20 mph+) your kite could be overpowered, especially since strong winds usually bring even stronger gusts. The EO6 can handle strong winds if they’re smooth and steady, but does best in light to moderate winds from 6-15 mph.

Still having problems? Contact us and we can help you figure out what’s going on.

My EO-6 flies consistently off to one side
The attachment pigtail for your lines is tied to a small Y-shaped yoke on the kite. Loosen the pigtail on this yoke and slide it to one side or other in ¼” increments until the kite flies straight overhead.
How do I fix a torn EO-6 sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Zero-G Product Questions

How can you fly a kite in no wind at all?
The Zero G is so light that you can fly it simply by walking backwards through calm air, or pulling in line smoothly to make it climb overhead and slowly glide back down.
What makes the Zero-G glide like an airplane and fly like a kite?
The Zero G has an innovative dynamic bridle system that changes the angle of the forward wings when you pull on the flying line. This makes it fly upwards like a kite until you release the line. Then the wing springs back into glider mode so it can glide away from you like a hawk.
How hard is it to learn?
Flying the Zero-G is a lot like fly casting, and fly fishermen find it familiar and completely addictive. You can learn the basics in an hour or two, but you can spend years mastering the subtle control to maneuver through more and more challenging tricks in no wind at all.
Can you fly it outside?
You sure can, and it’s easiest to learn the basics outside on a day with gentle, almost-calm winds. The Zero G will handle winds up to about 10 mph, but it’s most fun in the lightest winds from 0-6 mph.

Zero-G Support Questions

Can I replace a lost or broken rod?
Your frame can withstand most normal use (and those inevitable unplanned landings), but replacing a rod is quick and easy, and some pilots carry an extra when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I fix a torn Zero-G sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Isotope Product Questions

Will it pull hard enough to lift my GoPro?
We’ve had fun using the Isotope in stronger winds (15mph+) to lift small action cameras like the GoPro on a simple stabilizing pendulum mount. More info about kite aerial photography is here.
Will it fly without the tail?
Yes it will, but it won’t be as stable in gusty winds.
What’s the difference between braided and twisted flying line?
Braided line costs more, but it’s easier on the hands and won’t twist and tangle as easily as twisted line. The Isotope includes braided line on a round hoop winder that makes winding and unwinding your line quick and easy.

Isotope Support Questions

My Isotope weaves from side to side or won’t stay up
First check your flying spot: Do you have any trees, buildings, or hills upwind that could be making the wind gusty and turbulent?

If you have smooth wind, a great place to fly, and the kite still weaves from side to side:

  • Be sure that the Velcro tensioners at the spine are relatively loose and do not put enough tension on the spine to bow it. On the Isotope, too much spine tension flattens out the sail and makes it less stable.
  • If the wind is light, move the line attachment point on the bridle upwards towards the nose in ½” increments to give the kite more lift.
  • If the wind is strong and the kite weaves from side to side, move the line attachment point down towards the tail in ½” increments until it stabilizes.

Still having problems? Contact us and we can help you figure out what’s going on.

How do I fix a torn Isotope sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

Can I replace a lost or broken rod?
Your frame can withstand most normal use (and those inevitable unplanned landings), but replacing a rod is quick and easy, and some pilots carry an extra when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Flip Product Questions

What gives the kite the lift to stay up?
The Flip flies by spinning with the wind, getting its lift from the Magnus Effect, the same aerodynamic principle that gives golf balls loft and baseball pitches their curve. As the kite flies, you’ll feel a pulsing at the end of your line while it spins as fast as 200rpm on a windy day.
How fast does it spin?
The Flip can spin faster than 200 rpm in a strong breeze.
How do you launch it?
Have a friend hold it by the two axle fittings and face the wind. Once it starts spinning, let go of the kite and pull in some line as it climbs into the sky.

Flip Support Questions

How do I fix a torn Flip sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Dual-Line Foil Kites

General Questions

What are the differences between framed and foil kites?
Foil kites are made from fabric only, with inflatable chambers that create a wing shape from air pressure in the air inlets as they fly. They are similar to paragliders and ram-air parachutes in their construction. Ram air foils are not as responsive and maneuverable as framed kites, but they are more forgiving, require no assembly, and have no rigid parts that could be damaged in a hard crash. While larger foils can pull incredibly hard in stronger winds, they can’t do the wide range of aerobatic tricks that a framed kite can. So they’re better suited for the fun of getting pulled around in stronger winds, or learning two-line basics with a forgiving wing that will put you in control as quickly as possible.

Framed sport kites have a fixed wing shaped by sailcloth stretched across a rigid fiberglass or carbon fiber frame. They are typically more responsive and capable of a wide variety of tricks once you learn basic control. Trick flying with framed kites gets addictive- with a good kite you can enjoy years of fun mastering more and more difficult tricks.

Can they lift me into the air?
Kites are not aircraft and they are not designed to safely pull you into the air. But in strong winds our larger foils can easily pull you over or drag you on your feet, a buggy, landboard, snowboard or skis.
What’s the difference between a control bar and wrist straps?
A control bar makes harder-pulling kites more comfortable to fly. The padded bar doesn’t dig into your wrists, and typically includes a safety leash that lets you let go of the bar to kill the power in the kite if you ever get overpowered. The bar limits the speed of turns somewhat, which makes control bars a little easier for learning basic control.

Wrist straps allow tighter turns with fingertip control, but they can dig into your wrists if the kite pulls hard. Wrist strap do not have a safety leash so they’re best on lighter-pulling kites.

Can you re-launch a crashed foil without a helper?
Yes. If you’re flying with a control bar, pull on the center safety line and the kite will lift backwards off the ground. If you have quad handles, pull on the brake lines to back the kite into the air.
Are soft foil kites easier for beginners?
In moderate winds around 8-12 mph a 2-line foil will take bigger control inputs and turn a little slower than a framed kite, so many pilots find them more forgiving while they learn the basics. And if you crash too hard there are no rigid parts to break or lose. The stronger pull of larger foils provides extra feedback down the lines, which also helps with control as you learn.

Framed kites take a bit longer to master, but they can do a much wider range of tricks, especially in lighter winds. The greater controllability and sports-car response of framed kites means you’ll never outgrow what a good kite can do.

Can you fly a foil with a tail?
You sure can. All our 2-line foils include loops on the trailing edge for attaching a tail. A long tube tail makes a spectacular show in the sky as it traces your path through loops, ground passes and figure eights. Tails require a bit more wind but help you fly in strong winds by slowing the kite down so you can keep up with it.
What’s the easy way to keep bridles untangled?
Keep your line winder or control bar attached to the bridle at all times and keep it away from the bridle web when you fold up the sail. For a foil without lines attached, simply tie the bridle pigtails together with a loose square knot until you’re ready to attach lines.
What's the difference between two and four line control?
Two line kites can turn right and left, make loops and spins, but they always fly forwards.

Four line kites let you control the angle of the wing to the wind (the angle of attack) with your control handles. This allows you to stop the kite, hover, or even fly backwards. A four line rig also allows you to control the power of the kite on the fly by changing its angle to the wind.

What's the best trainer for kiteboarding?
We recommend the Tantrum or the Tensor. The Tantrum comes with a control bar and will teach you basic steering while you feel the power of the wind. The Tensor costs more, but it can teach you more with four-line control, enough power for a buggy or skis, and the ability to re-launch and fly backwards.
Can I buggy with a foil?
In strong winds and with a large Tantrum or Synapse you can certainly pull yourself on a buggy. But to maneuver with control and generate enough power for normal winds most people use a larger power foil with four-line control, like the Tensor.

Snapshot Product Questions

What's the difference between the Snapshot and the Synapse?
The three Synapses replace the Snapshot 1.2, 1.4, and 1.9 for 2016. They’re similar in size but benefit from a more modern wing design for better performance and resistance to collapse. The graphics and packaging are fresh, bright and eye-catching, and all three sizes come with Equalizer wrist straps. The largest Synapse 200 compares to the Snapshot 1.9 for pull and the smallest pulls a little more than the Snapshot 1.4. The middle size, the 170, is a favorite with a nice mix of zippy speed and surprisingly strong pull when the wind comes up.
How do I convert the Snapshot 2.5 to a bar/4-line?
Just unhook the trailing edge bridle lines from the bridle and connect to your brake lines. You’ll need an additional pair of 150# Spectra lines of the same length and a pair of quad handles for your brake lines.

Snapshot Support Questions

My kite had a bad landing and tore a rib...
It is possible to rupture a foil sail if it hits hard enough going straight down that the air inside can’t escape. It can happen with a hard, straight down crash into water, or occasionally in very strong winds. If you manage to rupture your sail, we sure hope you were having a great time when it happened. Contact us and we’ll help you get back in the air with a repair or replacement sail.
I broke a line...
High performance Spectra flying lines are very slippery. They can be retied easily at a break, but require specific knots that won’t slip under load. For more details, see “About your flying lines” in Stunt Kites Tips & Hints.
I cut a bridle line...
This can happen after a tangle with someone else’s kite. Bridle lengths must be exact for the kite to perform properly, so it is usually easiest to contact us so we can get you a replacement bridle leg.
My kite turns easier in one direction than the other
First, check that your bridles aren’t tangled around each other or the kite.

Next, check that your flying lines are the same length- within 1”. If they aren’t even them using your adjustable wrist straps, or at the control bar.

If lines are even and bridle isn’t tangled, inspect the sail to be sure it hasn’t been ruptured internally.

My kite won’t climb / accelerate...
Check that you have enough wind. More experienced pilots can fly the same kite in less wind than beginners.

Check that you have selected a good place to fly free from trees, hills, buildings and other obstructions to the wind. Turbulent wind swirls around obstacles and kites will not fly consistently in disturbed air.

Check that your bridle isn’t tangled around the kite or itself. Holding the bridle by the attachment pigtails, inflate the kite over your head to check for tangles.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Synapse Product Questions

Can you fly a Synapse with a tail?
You sure can. All our dual-line foils include loops on the trailing edge for attaching a tail. A long tube tail makes a spectacular show in the sky as it traces your path through loops, ground passes and figure eights. Tails require a bit more wind but help you fly in strong winds by slowing the kite down so you can keep up with it.
What's the difference between the Snapshot and the Synapse?
The three Synapses replace the Snapshot 1.2, 1.4, and 1.9 for 2016. They’re similar in size but benefit from a more modern wing design for better performance and resistance to collapse. The graphics and packaging are fresh, bright and eye-catching, and all three sizes come with Equalizer wrist straps. The largest Synapse 200 compares to the Snapshot 1.9 for pull and the smallest pulls a little more than the Snapshot 1.4. The middle size, the 170, is a favorite with a nice mix of zippy speed and surprisingly strong pull when the wind comes up.
What's the difference between the Tantrum and the Synapse?
The Tantrum is the next size range up from the Synapses. Both Tantrums are big enough to drag you down the beach on a breezy day. Tantrums include a control bar and safety leash instead of wrist straps. Because the Tantrums pull harder- a lot harder!- the padded control bar is more comfortable to hang onto as you go ripping down the beach in a blow. If things get out of hand, just let go and the safety leash will de-power the kite without letting it escape downwind.

The Tantrum wing is thinner with a finer, lower drag wing profile, making it faster in flight and quicker to accelerate than comparable-sized Synapses or Snapshots. The Synapse flies a little slower with excellent stability and resistance to collapse.

What size Synapse is right for me?
The 140 is the smallest and fits into a pocket to travel wherever your adventures take you. It takes a bit more wind to fly and doesn’t pull hard enough to drag you, but it’s fast and zippy as the breeze comes up and you’ll need your zen focus (or a cup of coffee) to keep up with it.

The 170 is a great all-around size, quick and responsive but with an exhilarating pull in strong winds that won’t quite pull you off your feet. Low stretch Dyneema flying lines (included) make it feel tighter and more responsive than the 140, which comes with polyester lines.

The 200 flies at a medium speed with a solid pull all the way across the wind window. In a good breeze this one will start to drag most people down the beach. Hang on!

Synapse Support Questions

My Synapse kite had a bad landing and tore a rib...

It is possible to rupture a foil sail if it hits hard enough going straight down that the air inside can’t escape. It can happen with a hard, straight down crash into water, or occasionally in very strong winds. If you manage to rupture your sail, we sure hope you were having a great time when it happened. Contact us and we’ll help you get back in the air with a repair or replacement sail.

I broke a line...

High-performance Spectra flying lines are very slippery. They can be retied easily at a break, but require specific knots that won’t slip under load. For more details, see “Useful Knots” on the Kite Repair page.

I cut a bridle line...

This can happen after a tangle with someone else’s kite. Bridle lengths must be exact for the kite to perform properly, so it is usually easiest to contact us so we can get you a replacement bridle leg.

My kite turns easier in one direction than the other

First, check that your bridles aren’t tangled around each other or the kite.

Next, check that your flying lines are the same length- within 1”. If they aren’t even them using your adjustable wrist straps, or at the control bar.

If lines are even and bridle isn’t tangled, inspect the sail to be sure it hasn’t been ruptured internally.

My kite won’t climb / accelerate...

Check that you have enough wind. More experienced pilots can fly the same kite in less wind than beginners.

Check that you have selected a good place to fly free from trees, hills, buildings and other obstructions to the wind. Turbulent wind swirls around obstacles and kites will not fly consistently in disturbed air.

Check that your bridle isn’t tangled around the kite or itself. Holding the bridle by the attachment pigtails, inflate the kite over your head to check for tangles.

How do I send a kite in for repair?

First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Tantrum Product Questions

Why does the Tantrum include a padded control bar and safety leash?
The Tantrum pulls hard enough to drag you down the beach on a windy day. A control bar is more comfortable to hang on to than straps, and if things get crazy, just let go of the bar. The safety leash will dump the power from the kite without letting it escape downwind.
Which size Tantrum should I choose?
The 220 is our favorite for all-around fun and it strikes a perfect balance between speed and pull. Choose the 250 if you’re a heavier pilot or fly more often in lighter winds.
What's the difference between the Tantrum and Synapse?
The Tantrum is the next size range up from the Synapses. Both Tantrums are big enough to drag you down the beach on a breezy day. Tantrums include a control bar and safety leash instead of wrist straps. Because the Tantrums pull harder- a lot harder!- the padded control bar is more comfortable to hang onto as you go ripping down the beach in a blow. If things get out of hand, just let go and the safety leash will de-power the kite without letting it escape downwind.

The Tantrum wing is thinner with a finer, lower drag wing profile, making it faster in flight and quicker to accelerate than comparable-sized Synapses or Snapshots.

Choose the 220 for exhilarating speed and pull in moderate to strong winds, or the 250 for larger pilots and lighter winds.

What's the difference between the Tantrum and the Snapshot?
The Tantrum replaces the Snapshot 1.9 and 2.5. Tantrums include a padded control bar and safety leash instead of wrist straps.

The Tantrum wing is thinner with a finer, lower drag wing profile, making it faster in flight and quicker to accelerate than comparable-sized Snapshots.

The 220 is a bit bigger than the Snapshot 1.9 and considerably faster, with surprising pull in wind. It’s much more comfortable to control with the included bar. The 250 is a step bigger than that for larger pilots or lighter winds. Either size makes a great trainer for kiteboarding.

Can the Tantrum be flown on quad lines?
No. The additional bridle lines required would have reduced the Tantrum’s speed and wind range.

Tantrum Support Questions

My kite had a bad landing and tore a rib...
It is possible to rupture a foil sail if it hits hard enough going straight down that the air inside can’t escape. It can happen with a hard, straight down crash into water, or occasionally in very strong winds. If you manage to rupture your sail, we sure hope you were having a great time when it happened. Contact us and we’ll help you get back in the air with a repair or replacement sail.
I broke a line...
High performance Spectra flying lines are very slippery. They can be retied easily at a break, but require specific knots that won’t slip under load.  For more details, see “About your flying lines” in Stunt Kites Tips & Hints.
I cut a bridle line...
This can happen after a tangle with someone else’s kite. Bridle lengths must be exact for the kite to perform properly, so it is usually easiest to contact us so we can get you a replacement bridle leg.
My kite turns easier in one direction than the other
First, check that your bridles aren’t tangled around each other or the kite.

Next, check that your flying lines are the same length- within 1”. If they aren’t even them using your adjustable wrist straps, or at the control bar.

If lines are even and bridle isn’t tangled, inspect the sail to be sure it hasn’t been ruptured internally.

My kite won’t climb / accelerate...
Check that you have enough wind. More experienced pilots can fly the same kite in less wind than beginners.

Check that you have selected a good place to fly free from trees, hills, buildings and other obstructions to the wind. Turbulent wind swirls around obstacles and kites will not fly consistently in disturbed air.

Check that your bridle isn’t tangled around the kite or itself. Holding the bridle by the attachment pigtails, inflate the kite over your head to check for tangles.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Dual-Line Framed Kites

General Questions

What’s the difference between 2-line framed kites and 2-line foil kites

Framed sport kites have a fixed wing shaped by lightweight sailcloth stretched across a rigid fiberglass or carbon fiber frame. They are typically more responsive and a little more challenging to fly, but they’re capable of a wide variety of tricks once you learn basic control. Trick flying with framed kites gets addictive- with a good kite you can enjoy years of fun mastering more and more challenging tricks like back flips, somersaults, snap stalls and radical landings.

Foil kites are made from fabric only, with inflatable chambers that create a wing shape from air pressure in the air inlets as they fly. They are similar to paragliders and ram-air parachutes in their construction. Ram air foils are not as responsive and maneuverable as framed kites, but they are more forgiving, require no assembly, and have no rigid parts that could be damaged in a hard crash. While larger foils can pull incredibly hard in stronger winds, they can’t do the wide range of aerobatic tricks that a framed kite can. So they’re better suited for the fun of getting pulled around in stronger winds, or learning two-line basics with a forgiving wing that will put you in control as quickly as possible.

Are small kites easier to fly?

Small kites are faster, more responsive, and typically require more wind. That makes them more challenging for beginners learning the basics, even though smaller kites typically cost less. Full-sized kites like the Quantum are easier to learn with because they take larger motions and respond more slowly. They’re also more stable in light winds, with a stronger pull that helps send feedback down the line as you practice finer control. Larger kites are easier to learn tricks with by giving you more time to react and more stability.

How do you control a two-line kite?

2-line kites fly on two control lines about 100’ long. The lightweight, delta-shaped wing is designed to drive forward in the wind while you steer it around the sky by pulling or releasing the control lines. A small pull turns left or right, while a big pull will put the kite into a loop or a spin. Some 2-line kites can fly faster than 50 mph in a strong breeze (the world record for a kite is 108 mph). As you get the hang of steering you’ll be able to maneuver through high speed, precision passes, tight spins, trick landings and a wide variety of aerobatic tricks.

How long does it take to learn?

Learning to fly a two line kite is like riding a bike; once you get the hang of it you never forget. In moderate, smooth wind, most people get basic control figured out in a half hour or so.

What happens if you crash?

Our beginner oriented sport kites are designed to take a beating as you learn how to avoid those unplanned landings. Intermediate and advanced designs use lighter weight, higher performance frames that can be easier to break, but allow finer control and a crisper feel in even the very lightest winds.

Can you adjust the bridle for different winds?

Your framed sport kite is set up to fly best in moderate winds from 8-12 mph, and the bridle doesn’t need to be adjusted for a good basic wind range. As you get to know your kite, you can fine tune the bridle for lighter and stronger winds and adjust how fast it flies, how hard it pulls and how tight it turns. See “Tuning and Adjustment” in Stunt Kite Tips & Hints for details.

Can you fly a framed kite with a tail?

You sure can. A long tube tail makes a spectacular show in the sky as it traces your path through loops, ground passes and figure eights. Tails take a bit more wind but make strong winds easier by slowing the kite down and reducing the pull.

How do you fly multiple kites in a synchronized stack?

Most framed kites can be flown in a synchronized stack of 2, 3, or more by connecting them at the spine and leading edges with five equal-length stacking lines. The optimal stack line length varies by kite size and model. Stacking lines are available in accessories.

The Nexus 5-Stack and the Micron 5-Stack are pre-made stacks, rigged and ready to fly with special carrying bags that allow you to store the kites flat without detaching any lines. The custom bag makes setup and takedown a cinch.

How long should lines be for 2-line kites?

Most sport kites fly best on lines from 65 to 120 feet long. Shorter lines are better for light winds, longer lines give you a bigger wind window in stronger winds. Light lines as thin as 50# test reduce drag for light winds but can break in strong winds. Heavier lines handle more pull, but add weight and drag in light winds. Experienced kiters collect a range of different strengths and lengths to cover every condition.

Prism kites come equipped with lines in good all-around lengths and strengths for normal conditions. If the wind is strong enough they can break in a gust, but they’re light enough to perform well in light winds as well.

Where can I learn Sport kite tricks?

Our Freestyle Pilot video is a complete course in freestyle tricks that will take you from the basics to the most challenging landings and tumbling moves.

You can also check out our page of instructional animations for many popular dual-line kite tricks.

What lines should I use?

Most multi kites fly best on braided Spectra fiber or Dyneema lines. Both names refer to a high performance, super strong polymer used in bulletproof vests and aerospace applications. It’s stronger by weight than steel, with a slippery surface that keeps your lines from binding against each other with multiple twists. It’s also very low stretch, giving you direct fingertip control of your kite.

Some sport kites come with braided polyester rather than Spectra lines. Polyester is stretchier and costs less to manufacture. The stretch and additional drag of a polyester line can make a small, fast kite more forgiving for beginners. Once you’ve got the basics you can always upgrade to Spectra lines to give any kite a performance boost.

How much wind do you need?

We make sport kites that fly in a huge range of conditions, from a roaring nor’easter to no wind at all. We even make kites you can fly indoors, simply by walking slowly backwards through the air. But beware, if you catch the kiting bug you might soon find yourself with a full collection of different kites, so you’ve got a favorite for whatever mother nature throws your way.

What’s your best framed 2-line kite for beginners?

For more than a decade the Prism Quantum has set the gold standard for a durable, versatile all-around sport kite that can take what you dish out as a beginner, but keep you challenged and learning as you progress all the way into freestyle tricks. It’s big enough for stability and a wide wind range, and provides great feedback with an impressive pull when the wind comes up. An elastic shock absorber in the tail soaks up those unplanned landings, and extra reinforcements in the spars give them a long life.

Jazz Product Questions

What’s the difference between the Jazz and the Nexus?
With a stiffer, lighter carbon fiber frame and a larger wing, the Nexus is a little easier to fly than the Jazz, especially in lighter winds. It’s larger size also gives it more pull, sending feedback down the lines so you can feel the wind better as you control the kite. Low-stretch Dyneema lines are thinner and lower stretch than the Jazz’s polyester lines, for quicker response and less drag in lighter winds.
Can the Jazz do tricks?
Even though it’s designed for novices, the Jazz can actually perform most freestyle tricks. However the small, responsive wing requires smaller, more accurate control motions than a larger sport kite, making it more challenging for beginners to learn advanced tricks with the Jazz

Jazz Support Questions

Can I take the bridle hooks off and just use a Lark’s head knot?
The line attachment clips on the bridle make it easy to connect your flying lines if you don’t want to tie them on with a Lark’s Head knot. But you can also Lark’s Head directly to the attachment pigtails if you prefer the traditional method for attaching lines. Here’s a video that demonstrates how to tie a Lark’s Head knot.
How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I replace a broken rod?
The spars in your kite won’t fatigue over time, but occasionally you can break one learning new tricks or pushing the limits in high winds. Replacing a spar is quick and easy, and many pilots carry a couple of extras when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and discontinued models.
How do I adjust the bridle to fine-tune performance for different winds?
While it’s not necessary to adjust your bridle, small adjustments will help you fly your kite more easily in a wider wind range. The more you fly the more you will be able to feel the differences that tuning makes. On sport kites kites, the bridle determines the exact angle the kite holds to the wind as it flies (the “angle of attack”). Tipping the nose slightly further forward or further back affects the speed, pull, and turn radius of the kite. See “Tuning and Adjustment” in Stunt Kite Tips & Hints for more info.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Nexus Product Questions

What’s the difference between the Quantum and the Nexus?
The Quantum and Nexus share the same wing shape but the Quantum is a larger kite, making it more stable, easier to fly, and harder-pulling. Because larger kites are more forgiving to control, they make learning easier for beginners. They also make more advanced tricks easier to learn, making the Quantum a kite you’ll never outgrow.

The Nexus is stable and precise for its size, but quicker and tighter-turning. With a lighter pull than the Quantum, it’s a great choice for smaller pilots who don’t want to get dragged down the beach in a blow.

What’s the difference between the Jazz and the Nexus?
With a stiffer, lighter carbon fiber frame and a larger wing, the Nexus is a little easier to fly than the Jazz, especially in lighter winds. It’s larger size also gives it more pull, sending feedback down the lines so you can feel the wind better as you control the kite. Low-stretch Dyneema lines are thinner and lower stretch than the Jazz’s polyester lines, for quicker response and less drag in lighter winds.

Nexus Support Questions

How do I replace a broken rod?
The spars in your kite won’t fatigue over time, but occasionally you can break one learning new tricks or pushing the limits in high winds. Replacing a spar is quick and easy, and many pilots carry a couple of extras when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Quantum Product Questions

What’s the difference between the Quantum and the Nexus?
The Quantum and Nexus share the same wing shape but the Quantum is a larger kite, making it more stable, easier to fly, and harder-pulling. Because larger kites are more forgiving to control, they make learning easier for beginners. They also make more advanced tricks easier to learn, making the Quantum a kite you’ll never outgrow.

The Nexus is stable and precise for its size, but quicker and tighter-turning. With a lighter pull than the Quantum, it’s a great choice for smaller pilots who don’t want to get dragged down the beach in a blow.

How does the spine shock absorber work in a crash?
The elastic shock absorber in the Quantum’s tail protects the frame in a hard crash, a nice safety feature when you’re letting a friend try it for the first time.
How hard does the Quantum pull?
If you’re an FAA standard 170 lb human, you’ll be sliding down the beach on the soles of your feet by the time the wind hits 18-20 mph. In more moderate winds, it gives you solid feedback while still responding to fingertip control.
Are bigger kites easier to fly in light winds?
Yes. A full-sized kite like the Quantum usually carries less weight for its sail area, so it floats more easily in the air and gives you more time to coax it through the air currents.
How do I switch the Quantum's bridle from forgiving mode to trick mode?
Switch between the forgiving setting (for easy control) and the radical setting (for tighter turns) by loosening and moving the inner bridle loops. Here’s more about how to adjust your kite bridle.

Quantum Support Questions

How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I replace a broken rod?
The spars in your kite won’t fatigue over time, but occasionally you can break one learning new tricks or pushing the limits in high winds. Replacing a spar is quick and easy, and many pilots carry a couple of extras when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Hypnotist Product Questions

What’s the difference between the Hypnotist and the Quantum?
The Hypnotist has a wider, narrower wing for freestyle “yo-yo” tricks that involve rolling and unrolling the kite around its flying lines. It’s as rugged as a Quantum for beginners, but you can take your skills further with its broader range of tricks.

The Hypnotist frame includes high-performance, tapered carbon tubes in the lower spreaders, giving the kite a crisper response and quicker acceleration.

What makes tapered carbon spars better?
Built by hand like a high-end fly rod, tapered tubes give kites extra crispness and precision as you maneuver. With tapered tubes we can engineer stiffer and more flexible areas into the airframe to minimize weight and maximize wind range. Tapered tubes cost more and can be easier to break, but for serious pilots nothing else comes close to the feel of a high-end, tapered carbon airframe.
What are yo-yo stoppers?
They’re small rubber fittings that clamp around the leading edge between the upper and lower spreader fittings. They make a huge range of yo-yo tricks easy to do. During roll-up maneuvers, they catch the flying lines as they wrap around the kite and keep them from sliding any farther down the wing so you can control the kite even with several wraps around the frame.

Hypnotist Support Questions

The ferrule connecting the lower spreaders came loose
Some higher performance frame tubes connect with an internal ferrule that’s glued into the male side of the tubes to be joined. Occasionally the glue can come loose, allowing the ferrule to slide too far into its tube for a proper connection. Loose ferrules can be easily reglued with a few drops of super glue.
How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I replace a broken rod?
The spars in your kite won’t fatigue over time, but occasionally you can break one learning new tricks or pushing the limits in high winds. Replacing a spar is quick and easy, and many pilots carry a couple of extras when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I adjust the bridle to fine-tune performance for different winds?
While it’s not necessary to adjust your bridle, small adjustments will help you fly your kite more easily in a wider wind range. The more you fly the more you will be able to feel the differences that tuning makes. On sport kites kites, the bridle determines the exact angle the kite holds to the wind as it flies (the “angle of attack”). Tipping the nose slightly further forward or further back affects the speed, pull, and turn radius of the kite. This Stunt Kite Tips and Hints PDF has more information about sport kite tuning.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

E3 Product Questions

What does the spine weight do?
The small removable weight included with your E3 allows you to adjust the balance of the kite for more radical tricks like yo-yo, backspins, etc. It will also make tricks easier in high winds by increasing the weight and inertia of the kite. Install by removing the spine from the nose and tail and sliding into place. The spine weight can be slid towards the nose or tail for more stable or radical balance. We typically like it best about 3” behind the center T.
What's better about wrapped carbon tubes?
Wrapped carbon tubes make an airframe lighter and stiffer for a wider wind range and much more responsive feel. Wrapped tubes cost more and can be more fragile, so they’re typically not used in beginner kites.
What do the adjustable standoffs do?
Adjustable standoffs let you control how much lift and forward drive the wing generates. In light winds, try moving the standoffs to the inside holes for maximum lift but wider turns. For strong winds, move the standoffs to outside holes for more controllable speed and tighter turns.
Can I do yo-yo tricks with the E3?
You sure can. The E3 has a wide, narrower wing for freestyle “yo-yo” tricks that involve rolling and unrolling the kite around its flying lines. It includes “yoyo stopper” fittings that make a huge range of yo-yo tricks easy to do.
What are yo-yo stoppers?
They’re small rubber fittings that clamp around the leading edge between the upper and lower spreader fittings. They make a huge range of yo-yo tricks easy to do. During roll-up maneuvers, they catch the flying lines as they wrap around the kite and keep them from sliding any farther down the wing so you can control the kite even with several wraps around the frame.

E3 Support Questions

How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I replace a broken rod?
The spars in your kite won’t fatigue over time, but occasionally you can break one learning new tricks or pushing the limits in high winds. Replacing a spar is quick and easy, and many pilots carry a couple of extras when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I adjust the bridle to fine-tune performance for different winds?
While it’s not necessary to adjust your bridle, small adjustments will help you fly your kite more easily in a wider wind range. The more you fly the more you will be able to feel the differences that tuning makes. On sport kites kites, the bridle determines the exact angle the kite holds to the wind as it flies (the “angle of attack”). Tipping the nose slightly further forward or further back affects the speed, pull, and turn radius of the kite. This Stunt Kite Tips and Hints PDF has more information about sport kite tuning.
How do I fix a ferrule that came loose?
The E3’s high performance airframe tubes connect with an internal ferrule that’s glued into the male side of the tubes to be joined. Occasionally the glue can come loose, allowing the ferrule to slide too far into its tube for a proper connection. Loose ferrules can be easily repositioned at the halfway point and reglued with a few drops of super glue.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Zephyr Product Questions

What's the difference between the Zephyr and the E3?
The Zephyr flies in lighter wind and corners more precisely. Both can perform the full range of freestyle tricks.
What's the lightest wind the Zephyr will fly in?
Pilot skill makes a difference as the wind goes away, but the Zephyr can fly happily on light lines in 2-4 mph with a bit of experience.
What does the spine weight do?
The small removable weight included with your Zephyr allows you to adjust the balance of the kite for more radical tricks like yo-yo, backspins, etc. It will also make tricks easier in high winds by increasing the weight and inertia of the kite. Install by removing the spine from the nose and tail and sliding into place.
What's better about an Icarex polyester sail?
Icarex is our highest performance sail fabric, used only in our lightest and most sophisticated sport kites. It’s half the weight of ordinary sail materials but just as strong, with very low stretch that helps your kite hold its shape in the wind.
What's better about wrapped carbon tubes?
Wrapped carbon tubes make an airframe lighter and stiffer for a wider wind range and much more responsive feel. Wrapped tubes cost more and can be more fragile, so they’re typically not used in beginner kites. The Zephyr airframe includes both straight and tapered wrapped tubes for light wind precision and response.
What does the adjustable tension line in the trailing edge do for the Zephyr?
The tension line is called the Leechline. Tighten it at the wingtips to make the kite smooth and silent by stabilizing the back edge of the sail. Or fly it loose if you like your kite to buzz like an angry hornet as it tears across the sky.
What are yo-yo stoppers?
They’re small rubber fittings that clamp around the leading edge between the upper and lower spreader fittings. They make a huge range of yo-yo tricks easy to do. During roll-up maneuvers, they catch the flying lines as they wrap around the kite and keep them from sliding any farther down the wing so you can control the kite even with several wraps around the frame.

Zephyr Support FAQ

How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I replace a broken rod?
The spars in your kite won’t fatigue over time, but occasionally you can break one learning new tricks or pushing the limits in high winds. Replacing a spar is quick and easy, and many pilots carry a couple of extras when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I adjust the bridle to fine-tune performance for different winds?
While it’s not necessary to adjust your bridle, small adjustments will help you fly your kite more easily in a wider wind range. The more you fly the more you will be able to feel the differences that tuning makes. On sport kites kites, the bridle determines the exact angle the kite holds to the wind as it flies (the “angle of attack”). Tipping the nose slightly further forward or further back affects the speed, pull, and turn radius of the kite. This Stunt Kite Tips and Hints PDF has more information about sport kite tuning.
How do I fix a ferrule that came loose?
The Zephyr’s high performance airframe tubes connect with an internal ferrule that’s glued into the male side of the tubes to be joined. Occasionally the glue can come loose, allowing the ferrule to slide too far into its tube for a proper connection. Loose ferrules can be easily repositioned at the halfway point and reglued with a few drops of super glue.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Quantum Pro Product Questions

What's the difference between the Zephyr and the Quantum Pro?
The Zephyr is an ultralight design that flies best in light winds. The standard Quantum Pro flies in moderate winds and has a stiffer frame that can handle winds up to 20 mph. The Quantum Pro has an optional adjustable weight system that lets you fine tune the kite’s center of gravity as well as add different weights for different winds.
What does the optional spine weight system do for the Quantum Pro?
The removable weight system allows you to add small brass weights to adjust the balance of the kite for more radical tricks like yo-yo, backspins, etc. Weights also make tricks easier in high winds by increasing the inertia of the kite and slowing it down.
What's better about an Icarex polyester sail?
Icarex is our highest performance sail fabric, used only in our lightest and most sophisticated sport kites. It’s half the weight of ordinary sail materials but just as strong, with very low stretch that helps your kite hold its shape in the wind.
What's better about wrapped carbon tubes?
Wrapped carbon tubes make an airframe lighter and stiffer for a wider wind range and much more responsive feel. Wrapped tubes cost more and can be more fragile, so they’re typically not used in beginner kites. The Quantum Pro airframe includes both straight and tapered wrapped tubes for light wind precision and response.
What does the adjustable tension line in the trailing edge do?
The tension line is called the Leechline. Tighten it at the wingtips to make the kite smooth and silent by stabilizing the back edge of the sail. Or fly it loose if you like your kite to buzz like an angry hornet as it tears across the sky.
What are yo-yo stoppers?
They’re small rubber fittings that clamp around the leading edge between the upper and lower spreader fittings. They make a huge range of yo-yo tricks easy to do. During roll-up maneuvers, they catch the flying lines as they wrap around the kite and keep them from sliding any farther down the wing so you can control the kite even with several wraps around the frame.

Quantum Pro Support Questions

How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I replace a broken rod?
The spars in your kite won’t fatigue over time, but occasionally you can break one learning new tricks or pushing the limits in high winds. Replacing a spar is quick and easy, and many pilots carry a couple of extras when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I adjust the bridle to fine-tune performance for different winds?
While it’s not necessary to adjust your bridle, small adjustments will help you fly your kite more easily in a wider wind range. The more you fly the more you will be able to feel the differences that tuning makes. On sport kites kites, the bridle determines the exact angle the kite holds to the wind as it flies (the “angle of attack”). Tipping the nose slightly further forward or further back affects the speed, pull, and turn radius of the kite. This Stunt Kite Tips and Hints PDF has more information about sport kite tuning.
How do I fix a ferrule that came loose?
The Quantum Pro’s high performance airframe tubes connect with an internal ferrule that’s glued into the male side of the tubes to be joined. Occasionally the glue can come loose, allowing the ferrule to slide too far into its tube for a proper connection. Loose ferrules can be easily repositioned at the halfway point and reglued with a few drops of super glue.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Micron Product Questions

Is the Micron easy for beginners?
Nope! The Micron is so fast that it’s extra-tricky to fly until you get used to the tiny control motions required. But once you get the hang of it you’ll be laughing your head off as it darts around the sky. The best way to learn is to hold your hands together as if you had handcuffs on, and use only finger motion to steer.
How many Microns can you stack together?
The world record stands at 50, set in Ocean Shores WA in 2011.

Micron Support Questions

How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I adjust the bridle to fine-tune performance for different winds?
While it’s not necessary to adjust your bridle, small adjustments will help you fly your kite more easily in a wider wind range. The more you fly the more you will be able to feel the differences that tuning makes. On sport kites kites, the bridle determines the exact angle the kite holds to the wind as it flies (the “angle of attack”). Tipping the nose slightly further forward or further back affects the speed, pull, and turn radius of the kite. This Stunt Kite Tips and Hints PDF has more information about sport kite tuning.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

4D Product Questions

How can you fly a kite indoors?
The 4-D is so light that simply walking backwards through the air creates enough lift to fly. In a hangar, gymnasium, even a racketball court you can dance and float through still air on those days when the rain is spitting down at your local field.
How much wind can the 4-D handle?
The 4-D is most fun when the smoke is drifting straight up, but it can handle winds up to 12-15 mph.
What's better about an Icarex polyester sail?
Icarex is our highest performance sail fabric, used only in our lightest and most sophisticated sport kites. It’s half the weight of ordinary sail materials but just as strong, with very low stretch that helps your kite hold its shape in the wind.

4D Support Questions

How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sail will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I adjust the bridle to fine-tune performance for different winds?
While it’s not necessary to adjust your bridle, small adjustments will help you fly your kite more easily in a wider wind range. The more you fly the more you will be able to feel the differences that tuning makes. On sport kites kites, the bridle determines the exact angle the kite holds to the wind as it flies (the “angle of attack”). Tipping the nose slightly further forward or further back affects the speed, pull, and turn radius of the kite. This Stunt Kite Tips and Hints PDF has more information about sport kite tuning.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Nexus 5-Stack Product Questions

How hard does it pull?
The Nexus 5-stack can pull like a train on a windy day, certainly enough to drag you down the beach and strengthen your back muscles.
How easy is it to set up?
Compared to most stacks, setup is a cinch because the kites come already connected with stack lines pre-tied. The zippered storage bag holds your 5 kites flat with standoffs removed, so setup is as simple as plugging in the standoffs and connecting your flying lines.
Is flying a stack harder than flying a single kite?
Not at all, except in stronger winds when the stack can pull hard enough to drag you around. With more bridle lines to get tangled in a crash, be sure to check your stack for snagged bridles before every launch.

Nexus 5-Stack Support Questions

What are the bridle adjustment for stacks?
Stacks prefer a more nose-forward bridle setting than single kites. If your stack is reluctant to fly, move the bridle tow points towards the nose in ½” increments until you get more lift.
What if the kites aren't flying synchronized?
If necessary, shorten the 2 stack lines connected to the lower spreaders on the last kite to help your stack fly more tightly coordinated. Use an overhand loop in the middle of the leg (below) to shorten the two legs by about 1″.
What’s an easy way to store the tails?
Before you lay the stack flat in its bag, wrap the tails in a figure eight around the wingtips.
How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sails will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I replace a broken rod?
The spars in your kite won’t fatigue over time, but occasionally you can break one learning new tricks or pushing the limits in high winds. Replacing a spar is quick and easy, and many pilots carry a couple of extras when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.

Micron 5-Stack Product Questions

Is flying a stack harder than flying a single kite?
Not at all, except in stronger winds when the stack can pull hard enough to drag you around. With more bridle lines to get tangled in a crash, be sure to check your stack for snagged bridles before every launch.
How hard does it pull?
The Micron 5-stack can pull surprisingly hard on a windy day, much harder than a single kite and strong enough that we include 150# flying lines. Stacks fly their best in stronger winds.
How fast does it fly compared to a single Micron?
With more drag from sails and bridles, the 5-stack flies about as fast as a single full-sized kite.
How easy is it to set up?
Compared to most stacks, setup is a cinch because the kites come already connected with stack lines pre-tied. The zippered storage bag holds your 5 kites flat with standoffs removed, so setup is as simple as plugging in the standoffs and connecting your flying lines.

Micron 5-Stack Support Questions

What are the bridle adjustment for stacks?
Stacks prefer a more nose-forward bridle setting than single kites. If your stack is reluctant to fly, move the bridle tow points towards the nose in ½” increments until you get more lift.
What if the kites aren't flying synchronized?
If necessary, shorten the 2 stack lines connected to the lower spreaders on the last kite to help your stack fly more tightly coordinated. Use an overhand loop in the middle of the leg (below) to shorten the two legs by about 1″.
What’s an easy way to store the tails?
Before you lay the stack flat in its bag, wrap the tails in a figure eight around the wingtips.
How do I fix a torn sail?
Your sails will last a long time unless you like to fly near cactus or barbed wire fences. Tears can also happen during assembly or disassembly if a spar slips in your hands. Most small tears and punctures can be invisibly repaired using a special transparent adhesive film made by Gear Aid called Tenacious Tape, which sticks to the back of the sail and is unaffected by moisture or UV from the sun. Tenacious Tape and other repair materials are available from the spare parts section of the website.

If your repair requires sewing, our talented repair team here in Seattle would be happy to help. Contact us and we’ll get you sorted out.

How do I send my Micron 5-Stack kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.
How do I replace a broken rod?
The spars in your kite won’t fatigue over time, but occasionally you can break one learning new tricks or pushing the limits in high winds. Replacing a spar is quick and easy, and many pilots carry a couple of extras when traveling just in case. Our site has replacement parts for all current and many discontinued models.

Power Kites

General Questions

What are the differences between framed and foil kites?
Foil kites are made from fabric only, with inflatable chambers that create a wing shape from air pressure in the air inlets as they fly. They are similar to paragliders and ram-air parachutes in their construction. Ram air foils are not as responsive and maneuverable as framed kites, but they are more forgiving, require no assembly, and have no rigid parts that could be damaged in a hard crash. While larger foils can pull incredibly hard in stronger winds, they can’t do the wide range of aerobatic tricks that a framed kite can. So they’re better suited for the fun of getting pulled around in stronger winds, or learning two-line basics with a forgiving wing that will put you in control as quickly as possible.

Framed sport kites have a fixed wing shaped by sailcloth stretched across a rigid fiberglass or carbon fiber frame. They are typically more responsive and capable of a wide variety of tricks once you learn basic control. Trick flying with framed kites gets addictive- with a good kite you can enjoy years of fun mastering more and more difficult tricks.

Can I use the Tensor on water?
The Tensor isn’t meant for kiteboarding or body dragging where the kite could land in the water. Water kites use a different design with inflated bladders to make them relaunchable from the water, and they are typically much bigger. However the Tensor makes a great trainer for kiteboarding and can teach you the basics of kite control on land before you venture onto water with a much more powerful kite.
Will the Tensor lift me into the air?
Kites are not aircraft and they are not designed to safely pull you into the air. But in strong winds our larger foils can easily pull you over or drag you on your feet, a buggy, landboard, snowboard or skis.
Can I buggy with a Tensor?
Absolutely! It’s a more forgiving wing shape than you’d find in a high performance buggy race kite. that makes it much easier to control for novice buggy pilots than more specialized kites which generate pull suddenly and can be prone to collapse.
What’s the difference between a control bar and wrist straps?
A control bar makes harder-pulling kites more comfortable to fly. The padded bar doesn’t dig into your wrists, and typically includes a safety leash that lets you let go of the bar to kill the power in the kite if you ever get overpowered. The bar limits the speed of turns somewhat, which makes control bars a little quicker for learning basic control.
Can you re-launch a crashed foil without a helper?
Yes. If you’re flying with a control bar, pull on the center safety line and the kite will lift backwards off the ground. If you have quad handles, pull on the brake lines to back the kite into the air.
Can the Tensor be flown by beginners?
Absolutely. In lighter winds it’s quite forgiving and great for learning basic control. However we strongly caution everyone, from beginner to expert, to familiarize yourself with any new power kite by progressively working from light to stronger winds.
What's the best trainer for kiteboarding?
We recommend the Tantrum or the Tensor. The Tantrum comes with a control bar and will teach you basic steering while you feel the power of the wind. The Tensor costs more, but it can teach you more with four-line control, enough power for a buggy or skis, and the ability to re-launch and fly backwards.
What’s the easy way to keep bridles untangled?
Keep your line winder or control bar attached to the bridle at all times and keep it away from the bridle web when you fold up the sail. For a foil without lines attached, simply tie the bridle pigtails together with a loose square knot until you’re ready to attach lines.
What size Tensor should I choose?
The 3.1 is the fastest and most responsive. Get it if you’ll be flying in stronger winds, or if you don’t weigh much.

The 4.2 is the most versatile size with the largest wind range. It’s ideal for all-around conditions and average-sized pilots.

The 5.0 has extra grunt for larger pilots and higher-drag conditions like snow.

What's the difference between two and four line control?
Two line kites can turn right and left, make loops and spins, but they always fly forwards.

Four line kites let you control the angle of the wing to the wind (the angle of attack) with your control handles. This allows you to stop the kite, hover, or even fly backwards. A four line rig also allows you to control the power of the kite on the fly by changing its angle to the wind.

How easy is it to convert the Tensor from 2-line control bar to 4-line handles?
Simple. Just unscrew the center joiner fitting with the wrench provided, replace with the control bar end fittings, and attach your flying lines to the top and bottom leaders on the handles.
Can I adjust the bridle to change the pull?
Most foil kites do not have an adjustable bridle. The Tensor includes a knot ladder at the bridle that lets you set the pull for light, medium or strong before you fly.
How do I get beach sand or water out of the kite?
The Tantrum and Tensor include Velcro sand drains in the sail to release sand and water from the chambers. Smaller kites are easy to hold upside down and shake out the inlets.

Tensor Product Questions

What’s your best kite for traction kiting?
The Tensor is best for traction kiting because it has four-line control to let you regulate power on the fly, a safety system, and big enough wings for plenty of power in moderate winds. Smaller foils like the Tantrum can pull hard too, but with two-line control you’re limited to breezy days without the ability to hold the kite in the power zone for continuous pull.

Tensor Support Questions

My kite turns easier in one direction than the other
First, check that your bridles aren’t tangled around each other or the kite. Next, check that your flying lines are the same length- within 1”. If they aren’t even them using your adjustable wrist straps, or at the control bar. If lines are even and bridle isn’t tangled, inspect the sail to be sure it hasn’t been ruptured internally.
I broke a line...
High performance Spectra flying lines are very slippery. They can be retied easily at a break, but require specific knots that won’t slip under load. For more details, see, “about your flying lines” in Stunt Kites Tips & Hints.
I cut a bridle line...
This can happen after a tangle with someone else’s kite. Bridle lengths must be exact for the kite to perform properly, so it is usually easiest to contact us so we can get you a replacement bridle leg.
My Tensor kite sail is torn
It is possible to rupture a foil sail if it hits hard enough going straight down that the air inside can’t escape. It can happen with a hard, straight down crash into water, or occasionally in very strong winds. If you manage to rupture your sail, we sure hope you were having a great time when it happened. Contact us and we’ll help you get back in the air with a repair or replacement sail.
My kite won’t climb / accelerate...
Check that you have enough wind. More experienced pilots can fly the same kite in less wind than beginners. Check that you have selected a good place to fly free from trees, hills, buildings and other obstructions to the wind. Turbulent wind swirls around obstacles and kites will not fly consistently in disturbed air. Check that your bridle isn’t tangled around the kite or itself. Holding the bridle by the attachment pigtails, inflate the kite over your head to check for tangles.
How do I send a kite in for repair?
First, contact us and let us know what’s going on. If sending in your kite seems like the best solution, we’ll let you know and send you a form to print and include with the kite. You can also download our Repair Form.