Kite Tips and Tricks

My kite will only stay in the air if I run or keep pulling in the line. When I stop, it just wobbles and starts to fall. What am I doing wrong?

It sounds like the wind is simply not strong enough for your chosen kite yet. Check the instructions for the kite as some kites can be adjusted for lighter winds. You may also want to try another location where wind conditions are more favorable. If this does not work, you should try a kite made for flying in lighter winds or you may need to wait for a windier day to fly your kite.

How will adding a tail affect my kite?

A tail will add more drag to your kite. They are most helpful when wind conditions are a bit stronger than what is recommended for your kite. When picking out a tail to add to your kite, make sure it adds drag only, not weight. Most diamond kites require a tail for best results.

After I launched my kite, it started looping and diving and felt like it was going to fly right out of my hands. What can I do to avoid that next time?

Strong winds can cause looping, diving, and pulling on the line. Next time, let out a little line to see if this steadies your kite. If it does, but only temporarily, then the wind is simply too strong for the kite you've chosen. You should try adding a tail (see the previous question) or checking the instructions for you kite to see if it can be adjusted for higher winds. Try another location where wind conditions may be more favorable. If those suggestions still do not help, you may need to wait for another day or try a kite rated for stronger wind conditions.