Adding Line Laundry to Your Kite

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chris Maxa, General Manager of Kite Loft, in Ocean City, Maryland demonstrates how to add line laundry to your kite.

    Chris Maxa

    Chris Maxa is the General Manager of The Kite Loft, Inc. located in Ocean City, Maryland. Chris has over 15 years of kite flying experience both privately and professionally. He has instructed and consulted thousands of people on kiting from small children to senior citizens. In addition, Chris has given hundreds of personal, hands-on flying lessons to aspiring kite flyers. Chris has played an interregnal role in helping The Kite Loft grow and maintain it’s status as the world’s largest retailer of kites. He has learned his craft from two of the kite industry’s pioneers and most respected figures, Bill Osche and Jay Knerr, both of whom have been voted “Kite Person of the Year.” Chris has attended multiple national kite conventions and trade shows. He has participated in numerous kite festivals as both a participant and as a vendor. Chris trains and coaches a team that displays the largest daily kite air-show on the East Coast, for millions of summer tourists each year. Chris is an avid kite flyer who enjoys flying recreationally in his free time. He has flown, and mastered, just about every kind of kite imaginable. In 2002, Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a degree in Business Administration. He currently lives in Berlin, MD with his wife Kristie and daughter Marlow.

    Chris Maxa: Hi! My name is Chris Maxa, I am with the Kite Loft. Today, we are going to learn how to fly a kite. In this segment, we are going to adding some windsocks and some line laundry to decorate our kite and to just add flair to it, make it look more enjoyable. Now, that we have learned how to launch the kite and get airborne and it stabilized in the sky. What we are going to do is, add windsocks to the line to create a nice litany of windsocks and color and just an aerial experience.

    There are many ways tackle this problem, but what you want to do and the tactic that I have chosen, is to pull the line, hold the spool under my arm to create some slack. Now that Ive done that I created slack in the line. I can make what's called a Larks Head Knot and add my windsock. So, the first thing I am going to do, is grab the line, pull it down, if starts to hurt, or burn or if the wind is blowing too fast, obviously stop. Thats certainly a different problem for a different day and you can add the line laundry in a different fashion.

    Today, its perfect ideal kiting weather. So, what do you do to add windsocks to your line, is you create slack, make a loop in the line. You are going to stick your finger and your thumb together, go up through center of the loop, grip round the outsides, creating a knot that tightens upon itself. This is called a Larks Head Knot. Once you have done this, you can reach for your windsock. Hold it while holding the spool underneath your arm, taking our swivel clip, fishing it through our Larks Head Knot and allowing it to tighten. You are going to tighten, your swivel clip back up. Of course all the while holding the spool under your arm, and using our tactic from last segment, allowing the kite to rise.

    Okay. That is how you add line laundry to your line. You can do this as many times as you see necessary. Its all matter of taste and preference. There is no right or wrong to answer here and line laundry is something that just allows your kite to accentuate it and adds color to the sky.

    In the next segment we will be showing how to bring your line down with and without line laundry.