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Flying Tips

Although we often think of kite flying seasons as the spring and summer, in most of North America autumn is the best time to fly: the winds are a consistent speed and tend not to change direction abruptly. The beach is a great place for kite flying all year long, since the wind is steady, strong, and doesn’t often change directions. Although the Diamond Kite can cope excellently with fickle breezes, the heavier Box Kite can be difficult to get up in gusty, intermittent winds.

The box kite was developed by skybound Australians, and a large box kite can produce a terrific amount of lift. A good gust, and a sturdy kite, can easily snap a lesser kite string (and thin cotton kite string can give you a nasty cut as it runs through your fingers). ...

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