Hotter speed and turning than competition kites. Higher-quality exercise and livelier pull than power kites.
WindDances are "airgear," a new concept. They fly better and feel more exciting than typical stunt kites.
Our other advancements: Ergo T-handles that boost feel, control, exercise. Natural active FLY-a-kite skill.
Hot dual-line FLYING is so simple & easy!
Single-line FLYING theory & skill
The public image of "kite flying" is a child pulling a single-line kite aloft. The child is creating kite-line tension, which the child and the kite feel as "pull," to make the kite speed through the air and FLY.
That public image explains basic kite-FLYING theory perfectly: pull or tension in the kite line = speed = FLYING. This theory is so simple even children understand it.
"True wind" is the wind. In single-line kiting when the kite is flying stationary aloft, your back and your kite both feel the true wind.
Pull in the kite line can be generated in two different ways. 1) The true wind can create that pull = speed = FLYING as when you let the true wind take the kite aloft. And 2) you can create that pull = speed = FLYING by actively pulling on your kite line.
Dual-line FLYING theory & skill
Dual-line kiting is the same as single-line kiting, but with a little extra.
Here's where they're the same: equal pull in both kite lines makes it go straight = straight-line speed = FLYING straight.
Here's how they're different: pull in only one line makes it turn or spin tightly = speed during a tight turn or spin = FLYING during a tight turn or spin.
Here's another difference. A dual-line kite, as you maneuver it all over its flight envelope in steady wind, experiences a widely varying wind that can become considerably stronger than the true wind. You feel the true wind against your back just like in single-line kiting, but your kite feels the apparent wind. "Apparent wind" is the kite's airspeed, its speed through the air, the wind the kite feels. This apparent wind grows stronger as you fly from the upwind "edge" of the flight envelope to the "power zone" of the flight envelope. For all dual-line kites flying at the "edge," and for all single-line kites flying stationary aloft, apparent wind = true wind. For a WindDance flying through its "power zone," apparent wind = 4 x true wind!
Just like in single-line kiting, pull in both kite lines (kite flying straight) or pull in one kite line (kite turning sharply or spinning) can be generated in two different ways. 1) The apparent wind can create pull = speed = FLYING as during a gust or when you fly from the "edge" to the "power zone." And 2) you can create that pull = speed = FLYING by actively pulling on one or both kite lines.
CONDENSED VERSION of dual-line FLYING theory & skill
Pull to make it FLY!
A dual-line FLYING lesson
Need more straight-line speed to keep it flying because the wind is really soft? Pull smoothly on both lines, perhaps with a smooth pumping action! Pull to make it FLY! While flying at the edge, need more straight-line speed to keep it flying because the pull dropped really low? Pull smoothly on both lines, by swinging both arms back and walking back away from the kite! Pull to make it FLY! Want more straight-line speed for more excitement & exercise? Pull smoothly on both lines! Pull to make it FLY!
Care to turn or spin fast & tightly? Pull on one line! Pull to make it FLY! Want to turn or spin faster? Pull harder on that one line! Pull to make it FLY! Want to sustain that spin? Pull farther and longer on that one line! Pull to make it FLY! Want to make your arms and upper body burn during your dazzling high-speed tight-turning aerobatic workout? Pull harder and farther when turning and turn more frequently! Pull to make it FLY!
See how pulling does everything -- and how simple & easy it is -- just like in childhood single-line kiting?
Pull to make it FLY!
Want a dual-line kite that's pure fun to FLY?
Look for a kite that FLIES well in the three essential ways. That is, look for the three essential FLYING qualities:
- It must respond to pull-on-your-kite-line skill -- which is basic skill -- with exhilarating speed, turning, and power.
- Pulling hard on both lines must generate exciting straight-line speed.
- Pulling hard on one line only must generate fast, tight, & powerful turns and spins.
- It must respond to the wind with exhilarating speed and power. You want hot & powerful acceleration as you fly from the edge to the power-zone, and hot & powerful acceleration when the wind kicks in -- while flying straight or while turning-&-spinning.
- The pull must rise when you steer & turn, and transfer into the pulling control line. Why? For faster learning, superior control, and better exercise! And to experience awesome turning power!
Check out all dual-line kites available. You will discover this: only WindDances have all three essential qualities!
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This page last revised Jan-11-1999