Nearly everyone has fond memories from childhood of watching a paper and balsa wood creation take wing, its hand-knotted tail flapping erratically as we ran as fast and hard as we could to get it aloft. The pull of the string as the wind tried mightily to snatch away our colorful prize can evoke those memories decades after any real wind dancing has been done. There is simply something magical about flying kites. This wholesome activity is no longer limited to dime store purchases with weekly allowance quarters. Kite supplies have evolved to provide a myriad of improved performance, durability, and flair. Families, children, and adults now buy kites and gliding equipment online to suit their personal soaring style.
Essential kite supplies make wheeling across the sky more fun by protecting hands, fingers, and lines. The paper and balsa wood varieties have given way to power, stunt, and dual line fliers that make flying an even better experience.
No More Rope Burn
Holding a tangled ball of string just as the wind picks up has resulted in more than one nasty rope burn. Today’s equipment make those experiences far less likely and even impossible. Specialty handles are engineered to provide greater control and safer use. Once the magic of flying has become well established among your family or friends, you may want to buy specialty fliers with dual lines for acrobatic flight. Online equipment includes line winders and specialty handles to keep this potential rat’s nest from becoming tangled and allows you to enjoy the artistry of an aerial puppet master instead of having to take a knife to a Gordian Knot of foregone fun.
Specialty Kite Supplies
Nearly everyone has had the experience of a tremendous gust of wind threatening to steal a toy away and potentially causing injury to the flier or to someone upwind. Today’s modern flying equipment includes products called kite killers which, contrary to the sound of the name, work to protect against just such a situation. If the handles are released, the killer wrist bands operate a brake that de-powers the craft, allowing it to land safely. Also, once your kite is firmly established on a current of air, let your arms take a break and use corkscrew ground stakes to hang on to the line for you!
Aside from the occasional kite-eating tree, the biggest threat to these paper and nylon birds is the damage that occurs during storage and transport. Tossed inelegantly into a backseat or trunk, delicate paper and nylon creations are often destroyed before ever taking wing. Modern equipment includes bags for easy storage that protect your investment and your fun.
While spare soaring equipment once meant you had an extra ball of twine, today’s equipment makes flying possible in a greater number of environments, with more control and improved safety and comfort. Whether you spend a winter decorating a custom designed Make-Your-Own, or if you have graduated to stunt flying competitions, modern kite supplies are sure to make flying even more memorable and fun than ever before.
Chris Harmen writes for The Kite Store. Kite supplies can transform an enjoyable outing into a fun and exciting activity with family and friends. You can buy kite supplies online and be ready for the next windy day!
The family from Dim Sum for Everyone! is back for a new outing– building and flying their own kite!
The wind is blowing. It is a good day for kites! The whole family makes a trip to the local craft store for paper, glue, and paint. Everyone has a job: Ma-Ma joins sticks together. Ba-Ba glues paper. Mei-Mei cuts whiskers while Jie-Jie paints a laughing mouth. Dragon eyes are added and then everyone attaches the final touch . . . a noisemaker! Now their dragon kite is ready to fly.
Kite Flying celebrates the Chinese tradition of kite making and kite flying and lovingly depicts a family bonded by this ancient and modern pleasure.
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