- Technical Specs
- Tips & Resources
How strong is the wind? Better hang on. Designed specifically for dual-line bar control. Tantrum parafoils are speedy, rugged, and a blast to fly… and you’ll be digging your heels in as the breeze comes up.
Perfect trainers for traction kiting, kiteboarding, or all-around fun, they’ll teach you solid kite handling skills before you take on the serious pull of a full-sized water or traction kite. In stronger winds, the Tantrum’s low-drag airfoil delivers impressive speed and more than enough power to drag you down the beach with an adrenaline-stoked grin.
Use the included safety leash if things get too wild just let go of the bar and the kite will settle safely to the ground.
|Packaged Weight||1.5 lbs|
|Packed Size||28 × 7.25 × 2 in|
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Tips & Resources
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 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.
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.
Our Padded Wrist Straps and Duos Straps allow tighter turns with fingertip control, but they can dig into your wrists if the kite pulls hard. Wrist straps do not have a safety leash so they’re best on lighter-pulling kites.
Can you re-launch a foil after a crash without a helper?
In many cases, yes. But foils are not as easy to re-launch without a helper as framed kites. They require a little more wind at ground level to lift up and re-inflate. We put extra work into our foil designs to help them re-inflate easily after a crash, and with a little practice you can tug a line to get wind under the sail, then re-launch.
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 two line 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.
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.