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.
WindDance 1 in a sharp right turn at 50 mph
Note 1: The hot turning performance shown above, and described below, is made possible by the WindDance Bridle. When you pull-turn vigorously to turn or spin to the right, all the pull is in the right control line. That entire pull is transmitted to the wing through the RIGHT (red) set of full-span bridle lines. The left control line, and the LEFT (green) set of bridle lines, go slack during the turn. The red bridle lines keep the wing in shape during right turns & spins.
Note 2: See the dotted-red and dotted-green bridle lines? Most parafoil kites don't have those. Most delta kites don't have that necessary wing support either. When you pull on the right flying line to turn such a kite, the bridle lines needed to support the left side of the wing are missing. What happens during a right turn or spin? During a gentle turn, the wing kinks in the middle and the left side bends and bulges upward. During a hard turn, the left side of the wing -- now totally unsupported by bridle lines -- collapses into a mass of fluttering loose fabric. Similar distortion and performance loss occurs with delta kites. With such kites -- including the latest deltas and the newest parafoils -- you can see all of this happening. They respond poorly to the same basic skill that WindDances respond wonderfully to. They are missing half their bridles.
A beginner can make a WindDance Wingtip fly at 100 mph in 10 mph wind!
In 10 mph wind, dive from the upper edge to the power zone. Just before your WindDance would hit the ground, do a sharp & energetic hairpin pull-turn to head back upward -- by pulling fast & energetically & far on one line as the other line goes completely slack! Pull hard on the right line and the WindDance accelerates into a sharp right turn -- the right wingtip almost stops and the left wingtip slices a circular path through the air at about 100 mph!! Energetic pull-turns like this are basic skill! Basic skill produces high-performance turns like this!
During that pull-turn, see the speed! Hear the speed of the outside wingtip flying at 100 mph! Feel the power of that speed as you pull-turn!
You can do this with all three WindDance models!
If your timing is off a little, so what! Listen to it hit the ground! And perhaps watch it bounce and continue flying!
WindDance dual-line parafoil stunt kites/sport kites are developed, sold, and backed by Seattle AirGear.
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This page last revised Nov-8-1999