within the GTA.)
That said, your first consideration will be what kind of activity would interest you:
● learning to fly 4-line traction kites with an eye for winter kiting on either skis or a snowboard● You have no desire/aspiration to snowkite but are interested in simply flying a 4-line kite in any open space for a little exercisewinter or summer.● You're interested only in a trainer (2-line kite) to start out with, whatever the intent at some point in the futureWhatever your activity aspirations, there are kites available in both types & sizes to perfectly suit your comfort level.
The development of traction kites
Way back in the 70s a very significant early power kite that emerged on the scene was the
, a 2-line design by RayMerry and Andrew Jones who worked in England. (Flexifoil is now the name of a high-profile kiting company.) By the late 80s,an improved foil design called the
was being sold. Designed by Ted Dougherty, it had 6 cells and a squareoutline. It was soon overshadowed by even more advanced kites...By the 90s, following the Sparless Stunter came the
, also by Ted Dougherty. One of the very first 4-liners in thehistory of power kites, the Quadrifoil traction kite was rectangular in outline and was first seen in competition in 1990. Thisname became a brand, and many later versions of the original Quadrifoil were sold as the Competition C1 and C3. Also, therewas a Q2000 range and finally a Competition X range of Quadrifoil kites. All these later kites were roughly elliptical in outline,(though not actually designed by Ted Dougherty). Concurrently, in 1991, another kite designer, Peter Lynn, was busydeveloping the 2-line
kite, making them up to 10 square meters (1080 square feet), & most often used for traction. Apopular kite, it was still selling in the late 90s.Another kite, a 4-liner sold in the mid 90s was the
again by Ted Dougherty, manufactured & marketed by acompany called Skynasaur.Towards the end of the 90s, one of the original designers of the Flexifoil kite had even more success with a range of 4-linerscalled
. Sticking with the rectangular outline like the Flexifoil, the Skytiger kites were reliable and stable traction kites.After the original range came the
series, kites able to pull even harder.Around about this time, some traction kites were designed for pure speed, though a bit trickier to fly! A good example wasthe
designed by Peter Mirkovic of
. In the late 90s, this was the most successful design in the U.K, beingfavored by many for buggy racing.Kicking off the New Millennium a most interesting development occurred when
manufacturers entered the tractionkite market….in particular via a well-known French company called
. These guys build
so it's no surprise that thekites they produce are
high quality. Power kites these days are specialized like never before. For all levels of kiters…frombeginners to pros, currently prominent & extremely popular as top quality production lines along with name brands Peter Lynnand Ozone are
Their kites can be seen gracing the skies harnessing the wind whether for buggying,snow/ice-kiting, landboarding, & trailskating activities or just flying out in open spaces simply for the sheer health of it. Keenersmay get involved in organized local competition events, some becoming nitty-gritty hard-core types questing after nationalrecognition in professional class racing events. Whatever ‘turns the crank’, all kiting-related activities are being enjoyedworldwide by rapidly growing numbers of enthusiasts.
The kite Guy
is offering a wide range of 2-line sport/fun/trainer kites & 4-line traction foils in a variety of size & price ranges to suit kids 8+ to adults…beginner to intermediate/advanced, & tailored to individuals’ weights &comfort levels. Why? Because of my ongoing passion for kite flying over the past 5 years and a natural enthusiasmfor others to come out and fly a kite! The best part: for adults considering traction-kiting, whether to fly a kitemerely on the beach or any open space for recreational/static flying, possibly for snow-kiting and/or mountainboarding/buggying, I’ll spend time with you, sharing my 5 years' experience, showing you the ropes. Contact theKite Guy, come out and fly a kite…just for the health of it!
Land kite types ―2 line/Trainer, 4-line traction kites
2-line sport/fun kites
are often chosen by those totally new to kite flying, as they are very easyto learn & control from set-up to launching, flying, maneuvering and landing. Usually made in relatively small sizes (4 sq metersand under), they are controlled or flown using one of 3 types of line attachments: comfortable grip plastic O-rings, wrist strapsor a bar, anywhere from 24-32 inches in length, one line attached to each end. When set up & positioned properly for launching,with enough wind at your back, it’s a simple matter to launch any kite skyward, and 2-liners are no exception; however,especially in the early stages, any kite will invariably land upside down during a session, (open air vents facing downward) & quite often invariably so, for the novice. And unless there’s a sufficient wind, however experienced the flyer, nearly all 2-linerscan be rather difficult if not near impossible to re-launch without the help of a someone rotating the kite 180 degrees right-sideup for you. The following is an example of a young lad flying a 2.5m 2-line kite somewhere in the UK…the same great flyer I liketo have on hand: