Assess the wind
Start by noting the direction of the wind – feel it on your face, notice the sway of the trees, or wet your finger. Remember, our Kite Kits are designed for light wind, so don’t try on a very windy day – about 5-15 mph or 8-24kph is great.
Get ready to launch
If it is a good kite flying day, stand so the wind is at your back and pushing into the sail. Review the Kiting Safety Rules: look up, look down and around, and make sure you have a safe space to fly.
Hold the handle in one hand, and the top of the kite at arms length, in your other hand. When the wind catches the sail, let go of your kite and start letting the line out slowly by turning the handle (don’t touch the line!).
Stand with the wind at your back and your partner 3 to 6 meters (10 to 20 feet) downwind from you (so the wind is blowing from you, towards them, and catching the sail). Your partner should hold the kite up in the air, and let go when the wind catches the sail.
When you are ready to land your kite, turn the handle to the wind the line while the kite is still in the air – don’t grab the line! If you are struggling, and you can see where your kite will land safely, you can take a few steps forward until it lands on the ground. Then wind the line up while walking towards it. Make sure you hold your kite securely so it doesn’t fly away!
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