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“Hey, what kind of a kite is that?”

There’s a huge variety of kites, so it’s not surprising that I hear this question a lot. The answer, in my particular case, is likely to be a Dual-Line Sport Kite. (Also known as a Dual-Line Stunt Kite.) This question usually leads to a bunch of others:

  • Where did you buy it?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do you make it do that spinny, flippy, loopy thing?
  • What’s the best kite to buy?
  • How do you learn to fly it?
  • Where’s the best place to fly?
  • Isn’t it better to have more wind than this?
  • How long should I wait before upgrading to a more advanced kite?

If any of these questions are burning in your mind, head on over to the FAQ Page where I try to answer all of these (and more).

Be sure to also look at the Resources Page where you’ll find lots of pointers to organizations that can help you get the most out of kiting.


21 February 2015. The Bay Area Sport Kite League (BASKL) hosted an open-to-everyone Learn to Fly a Sport Kite clinic. These clinics are always great fun for both beginners and experienced fliers. We saw some beautiful Berkeley sunshine with light winds in the morning that abruptly spiked into strong afternoon winds.

Photo of Brian's Sky Burner Aura SUL flying with the Berkeley, California skyline in the background.

My Sky Burner Aura SUL flying in the light morning breeze with the Berkeley, California skyline in the background. Photo: Rochelle Bluestein, February 21, 2015.

Photo of the Sky Burner Aura SUL at Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley, California.

Sky Burner Aura SUL at Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley, California. Photo: Rochelle Bluestein, Feb. 21, 2015.

Photo of Drew B. flying the l'Atelier X-Masque VV.

The wind speed can change quickly! Drew B. is flying my l’Atelier X-Masque VV with the vents wide open. This is ten minutes after I was flying the Aura SUL! Photo: Rochelle Bluestein, Feb. 21, 2015.

Photo of David flying a Prism Nexus dual-line sport kite at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley, California.

David pilots a Prism Nexus in the strong afternoon breeze at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley, California. Photo: Rochelle Bluestein, Feb. 21, 2015.

Photo of Brian flying a dual-line sport kite at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley, California.

Funny photo of me navigating through the tall grass. Ground recoveries were a bit of a challenge… Photo: Rochelle Bluestein, February 21, 2015.


 

31 January 2015. A new addition to my kite bag: the Aura SUL from Sky Burner! This year I decided to get a super-ultralight for our light winter winds. I flew it today for the first time in 0 to 4 mph winds (perfect conditions for this kite). It exceeded my expectations and I’m eagerly anticipating the next session!

Sky Burner Aura Super-Ultralite

Sky Burner Aura SUL poses for a portrait before its first flight – 30 January 2015.