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Arguably the hottest thing on the global kiting market, kite surfing blends extreme sports with wind sports to make an exciting and media-rich past time.

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    • What kind of kite? Most Deltas have at least two points to attach the flying line. I've only had this problem with deltas & the DopeRo. The amount of bow you give a flat kite also has something to do with it, if applicable...
    • Using laundry will change nothing. That only changes the "stake" location, so to speak. It only shortens the effective length of the flying line. Additional drag will do the trick, as well as tipping the nose of the kite back by moving the bridle point lower. You can also change the attitude of the kite (angle of attack), by varying the tension of the trailing edge. Less tension will increase drag, just as using tails or drogues, but not as dramatically. However, decreasing the tension of the trailing edge will cause it to fray faster. As everything involving aerodynamics, any change you make will be compromise. Improving performance of one characteristic will change that of another, and so on . . . . . You make changes as necessary, and settle for a compromise of what works best.
    • You'll be able to fly your Jazz in lower wind speeds as your level of experience increases. Remember, if you walk backwards at 4mph in a 6mph wind, you now have a 10mph wind. Bingo! The distance you walk backwards can be recovered by gliding the kite away from you. Repeat. How long have you been flying? Any questions you have about kites can be answered here. The years of experienced advice in this forum are nearly limitless. If you are really into dual-line kites and tricking them, check out the GWTW (Gone With The Wind) forum for additional info, and there is a ton of quad-line info on the Revolution Kites forum also.
    • Hi, konsman. Welcome to the forum. There's a tab at the top of the page that says "Map". You can check for other flyers in your area, or just hang in there a while and someone will chime in. You can send a PM to those you find to see if they are still active. Good luck and keep on flying. P.S. -- If you will be in the Chicago area anytime, let us know. Looking forward to flying with you some day.
    • Dinner? I an a fisherman and have used fingerless gloves since the 60's. We used to just cut them and hem. Works well for all cold weather activities that require some manual dexterity. Definitely a plus for those who fly in winter. Today's smartphones have incredibly good cameras, and with an external battery, enough "juice" to record quite lengthy videos. There is not much need for additional expenditure if you already have a decent cell phone.