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  1. Power Kites

    Whether they're flat, dimensional or parafoil-based, this is the place to discuss any sort of power kite flying, tuning and repair techniques.

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  2. Kite Buggy

    Setting the trend for traction kiting in the early 90s, buggying is still going strong worldwide with speed and distance records being set everyday.

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  3. Kite Surfing

    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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  4. Kite Boarding

    Quickly becoming one of the hot facets of power kiting, kite boarding is something else... Imagine a big skateboard with knobby wheels, and you've got it!

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    • I recently finished my first kite build, and I wanted to throw a public "Thank You!!" out to my kite making mentor:  Elliot Shook, who allowed me to follow in his design footsteps, gave me guidance, techniques and encouragement.  Without Elliot's generous mentorship this kite would likely still be flying only in my imagination.   Holding my kite up to Elliot's work I still have a bit of fine tuning to do, but hey I still need an xtra vent, so I will get better.  Elliot's eye for detail and build quality is definitely masterpiece material.   I finished it just in time to take it to JB's OBX quad clinic and got to show it off to Elliot and all my best flying buddies.  When the wind let up a bit (should have made an xtra vent for that weekend!!) I got to put it up with the sun behind it and it sparkled in the sun beautifully, and seemed to fly just fine.  Nothing like seeing your own work flying and keeping up with the others in the sky.   it flew just like a Shook should fly: smooth and un-phased by the bumps, in higher winds than I should have put it up in, and pretty as a can be.  Also, Thank you to all of the folks who have pulled out kites to let me examine and photograph them, lent me your sails, and answered my questions about sewing and techniques - many of you were generous with your time and knowledge.  The generosity of this community never fails to warm my heart and add lift to my efforts.  To anyone thinking about taking the sewing plunge....I encourage it.  I learned a ton, and kite making materials are not forgiving, so give yourself plenty of practice scraps and time.  Oh the joy of flying a kite I built can not be described adequately.  Thanks Again Elliot!  
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    • I've been watching FliteTest for the last couple of weeks, almost everything they've done since day one, paying special attention to the soaring/glider videos and then found the Dynamic Soaring reference which I found fascinating. I actually suggested kites to them for days when the wind makes it hard to fly RC, but it was probably more people than just me suggesting it to get them to do it. Gonna go watch it now and come back with my response. Edit: Watched the video. Pretty cool. I hope they do tests of other types of kites in the future. I think they can get a lot of new people into the sport. I'm going to go to their site and suggest more kite videos.