Learn to Control the Kite

kite2Controlling the kite can be a hard thing to get used to, but lifting the kite from the ground is even harder. Usually, it is lifted by running upwind, and jumping. Most of the movements can be practiced at ground level too. The best place to practice it is the sandy beaches, which have perfect smooth surfaces, and will provide an easy landing, with no injuries in case of rough landings. The planes fields can also provide a practicing environment, but landings on hard earth might cause some bruises.

As a beginner, you should try all the different ways to jump, so that you will see which one best suits your style. It will also help you build a series of skills needed for releasing the kite in different wind conditions.

The easiest way to jump is to take the kite in the 10 or 12 o’clock position in the sky and hold it positioned there until you feel the wind strong. At the specific moment, you should pull the left or right handle close to you, start running against the wind, but aligned with the position of the kite. The recipe is to steer the kite to the right, run backward, then to the left. The process can also run on the opposite hand: steer the kite to the left, run backward, then to the right, depending on the side where the winds are blowing.

This method of lifting in the air is called a pendulum jump. It gets its name from the motion of the clock pendulum ticks, which visualizes the motion of gaining altitude. When you are in the air, follow the blow of the wind, and get to the edge of the wind window in order to start the descending procedure. Running a kite can be both fun and difficult, with many risks involved.

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