1. Hot Items

    1. Current Drawings

      Giveaways from the past and current publishing periods are listed here... We hold various drawins for some pretty cool gear on a regular basis, and almost all are free and based on your participation.

    2. Scheduled Events

      Post your event dates and details here, please be sure to include contact information to reach the organizers... You can also add it to our calender here.

  2. Site Topics

    1. News from the Webmaster

      Site updates, changes and news from the Kitelife webmaster can be found here... You can also sign up to receive site updates via email by clicking here.

    2. New Member Introductions

      Please say hello if you're new to our little kite community, we're sure you'll find this to be one of the most helpful and friendly communities around - launch, spin and dive right in!

    3. The Web Site (nuts and bolts)

      This section of the forum is dedicated to ongoing discussion, news, technical insights and education regarding various parts of the Kitelife site and their functionality or effectiveness.

  3. Sport Kites

    1. General Sport Kite

      For any sport kite topic that doesn't fit into one of the listed forums, you have free reign here... Challenge the panel!

    2. Beginners

      We all started somewhere... If you have a question on to do a trick, someone here can probably fill in the blanks as there is a lot of collective experience you can draw on here.

    3. Trick Flying

      From Jacob's Ladders to Cascades, Yo Yos to the Comete... This is the place to discuss the hows, whats and whys of modern trick flying and kites specialized for that purpose!

    4. Quad Heads

      This is where all you Revolution and quad line nuts can exchange information and tips on the finest quad line kite designs known to man... Drop a line!

    5. Indoor Flying

      Discuss upcoming indoor events, kites, equipment, stories, flying tips and more... What, me need wind?

    6. Team Flying

      Any questions or discussions about team or pairs flying on this forum can usually be found here, we are lucky to have several veteran team fliers here in the KL forum.

    7. Competition

      All discussion pertaining to sport kite competition in the USA or internationally, rules, tips & techniques, organization, or anything else related.

    8. Adjustments and Modifications

      Got a special trick, technique or modification for your kite(s) or equipment? Share it with the other fliers here, and keep the evolution happening!

  4. Single Line

    1. General Single Line

      Anything single line related that doesn't fit up above, put it here!

    2. Indoor Gliders

      Discussion for single line indoor kiting.

    3. Beginner Questions

      Have a question about kite making, tuning, or any other topic related to single lines? Post it here!

    4. KAP - Kite Aerial Photography

      Want to know about taking aerial photographs or video, or want to share some experiences? Do it here!

    5. Fighter Kites

      Discussion for fighter kite enthusiasts.

  5. Power Kiting

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

  6. General Kite Stuff

    1. Open Topic

      Personal announcements, general kite stuff or what have you, if it doesn't easily fit into one of the main discussion topics or kite classifications, this is the place for you.

    2. Kite Videos

      If you know where to find kite videos, let it be known! In addition to general footage, Kitelife is always looking for more sport kite competition or demo routines to add to their video database.

    3. Kite Photographs

      If you have a collection of photographs, new or old, post a link to them here! Mugshots, aerial and ground shots of kites all apply of course. :)

    4. Kites for Sale, Swap or Trade

      Looking to off-load a new or used kite out of your personal collection? Post, name your price and someone may just be in need!

    5. Kite Making

      Discuss kite making techniques, styles and applications here!

    6. Local Connections

      Looking for other kite fliers in your part of the world? Click in here, find your the discussion for your general area and say hello - kiting is better with company, make a connection here! If you don't see your area listed, send the admin a note and we'll try to arrange something. 

    7. Favorite Kite Fields

      Where did you fly today & what were you flying? Have an ideal spot to fly, or even a memorable one away from home? Share it with other visitors, arrange to meet, or comment on ones you see here!

    8. Kite Travel

      Tips for safe transport of kites as well as advice for dealing with any aspect of travel to and from kiting events.

    9. Kite Plans

      For sport kite, single line, foil, or anything under the sun... Feel free to exhange info and share web links for others to enjoy.

  7. Everything Else

    1. Lifestyle

      Doing something to make yourself healthier and happier, or have a question for your fellow forum users? Share it here!

    2. Web Sites

      Found a cool kite site on the web? Post it here, after review we may add it to the links page as well!

    3. Off Topic

      Anything and everything that doesn't fit anywhere else... Oddballs and all!

  8. Manufacturer Support

    1. Kite Forge

      Discussion area dedicated to exploration, assistance and product support for Kite Forge.

    2. Polo Kites

      Discussion area dedicated to exploration, assistance and product support for Polo Kites.

  • Video Tutorials

  • Site Sponsors

  • Follow us on Facebook

  • Latest Posts

    • Hello @Hightower52, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member
      Edit your settings - Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat
      Member Map
      KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
    • Thanks guys!  As you recommend certain knots (from this thread and another about line attachment for a slk), I've been collecting diagrams of them.  I figured if another newbie is ever in need, this chart might come in handy.  Not my own clip art, it's all borrowed from the internet.  Hope it's okay to post here, if not I'll take it down.
    • Step 2 - the fitting knot. You could start with using a "clove hitch" around the bulge in the fitting. you will know that it is right when you get the lines going out in opposite directions. Think - loop with the free end under, then another loop with the free end under. If right, the ends should go in opposite directions. you can use this on the fitting end and by trial and error, find the length that lets you get the fitting on, but with proper tension to the sail. Then you just have to throw another hitch or two on, and dress up the end to your satisfaction!
    • From the picture, I would say to put the fitting on the leading edge rod. Feed the line through the loop on the end of the fitting, pull tension on the line until the fabric is tight along the leading edge with no ripples or puckers (?!?) and then tie it off with a series of half-hitches. That will get you flying. Once I find my 4D ( couldn't find it last night, wasn't upstairs, will have to take some time to goto the basement...) I will get you a picture of the way it looks from the factory.
    • You will know it is  right if it won't move without you undoing it. Did tree work once upon a time, and used that knot extensively, even trusting my life to it while tree climbing.  If you get the starting loop correct, there's an old saying that helps you remember - with the free end in hand - "the rabbit goes out the hole, around the tree, and back into the hole." Pull tight from both ends. This should form a loop that will not come loose til you undo it.
  • Blog Entries

  • Blogs

  • Upcoming Events