How To Attach Your Lines To A Kite
It takes time to set up a kite. But if you don't pay attention to your kite lines, you can put your life in danger. Learn how to layout and attach the flying lines to your kite before launching.
It takes all of your focus and attention to attach the lines to the kite. One small error can lead to an accident. It is therefore important to adhere to the safety guidelines. Only attach lines to the kite if the wing is properly inflated. The rules are straightforward: the center and front lines will keep your kite in the air. While the back lines will power, control, and depower the kite, and steer it. The connection between the kites and the lines is often called "pigtails". Different manufacturers may have different colors for lines to help you connect the dots. The "kookproof" system simplifies attachments on some kites and decreases the chance of making mistakes. The first step is to remove the bar from the ground and draw lines in the sand.
The Downwind Method
This is how to do it using the downwind technique:
- Face downwind from the kite by standing next to it.
- Start to unwind the lines by placing the ends on the sand.
- Continue walking straight downwind, away from the kite, and unwinding the lines.
- Place the bar on the ground, upside down
- Before placing your bar on the sand, make sure you check the manufacturer's codes if it is color-coded.
- Keep your feet in line with your lines. The two lines at the center are between your legs and the two lines at the back are on either side.
- You can either use your hands to separate them or a kite organizer.
- Return to your kite and straighten any twists or tangles.
- Place the ends of the lines on the sand with the middle lines in the middle.
- Do an overall double-check;
Attaching the Kite Lines 101
After you have correctly placed the kite lines on the sand and learned how to tie them, it is time to learn how to tie them. Lark's Head Knot Before attaching the lines on your kite, also known as Cow Hitch Knot.
- Pull the loop on the kite string.
- Pull the other end of the loop through the bottom.
- Pinch your thumb together with your forefinger, and cross the loop.
- Connect the frontlines to the leading edge.
- Connect the backlines to the trailing edge.
- Tighten the loops
- Slide the loops toward the knot.
- Return to your kite bar to check all lines.
- Double-check your kite bar and lines by lifting the line.
- To fly properly, make sure your kite bar is upside down when running the lines.
Keep in mind that the center lines run straight to the leading edge and the outside lines to the trailing edge. There are no overlaps or crosses between the front- and back lines. If you have any problems with a line, make sure they are all the same length. If you want to learn more and ask a pro how to attach your lines to a kite contact us today!