Assemble your kite, making sure none of the bridles are tangled around spreaders or standoffs and that the kite appears symmetrical from side to side.
Check the wind. How hard is it blowing? From what direction? Pick the spot that will give you the clearest, smoothest wind. 8-12 mph is perfect wind for a first flight.
If necessary, adjust for today's wind speed. If the winds are moderate, between 8 and 12 mph, your kite should need no adjustment (see Tuning Tips to adjust bridles).
Attach your flying lines to the bridles using a Lark's Head knot or the clips provided on some models.
Set the kite on its back and walk directly into the wind while unwinding your lines all the way to the ends.
Pick up your wrist straps and stand facing the kite. Check that your right hand strap is connected to the right hand wing (very important!). If not, switch hands.
Gently pull the lines, raising the kite to an upright and slightly nose-back position with your arms extended. Make sure your kite and lines aren't snagged on anything.
Launch! In one rapid motion, take a step backwards while sweeping your arms down and back past your hips. Your kite should leap from the ground. Once the kite is moving, keep your hands close together and close to your chest and let it fly straight upwards. Wait until the kite is fairly high in the sky before trying to turn. This will give you more time and space to react before you get too close to the ground.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 12 July, 2006.