Do the following to launch your kite with a partner:
Self-launching with a trainer kite is easy if you know how to do it. The proper self launch with a trainer kite involves putting sand, dirt, small stones, or anything else to weight down the trailing edge of the kite.
Once you have the kite over head at 12:00, check to see it its flying properly and with both lines having equal tension. The kite should sit overhead and not pull one way or another. If so, check your line lengths to make sure they are equal.
Now that you have your kite in the air, it’s time to learn one of the most important things a beginner must know - how to use your safety system. Assuming that your kite has a safety leash (it should) and that you are wearing it all you need to do is:
So why is this a difficult thing to do? It’s the opposite of your natural reaction.
Let’s think about it. You use the safety system when things get out of control; when you get overpowered and don’t have time to react. You’re getting jerked and pulled by the kite and you have more power than you can handle.
What do most people do? They instinctively fight back. They flex their muscles, clench the bar, and fight with the kite (and are probably think ‘oh sh*!’). They instinctively clench the bar…when what they need to do is let go! You cannot wrestle with the full power of these kites and win! You don’t even want to try – it’s a bad habit to get into.
So here is your task: Fly your kite around and let it catch some power. When you feel the kite begin to pull, let go of the bar. Do this until it feels natural, and keep practicing it so that it always feels natural. I practice letting go of the bar at least once every time I fly my trainer.
Anyone can crash a kite. When you are first learning you probably will do it a lot and that’s OK! I used to crash my kite all the time. But don’t do it if you don’t have to – your kite will last much longer and you will look like a pro! To land your kite all you need to do is this:
Landing your kite is quite simple, and like I said, it will extend its life. When you are good at this you’ll look like you’re a pro!