Beginning to Fly Your Stunt Kite

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chris Maxa from The Kite Loft demonstrates how to launch a kite and get it going up in the air.

    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 I am Chris Maxa with the Kite Loft and today were going to learn how to fly stunt kite. In this segment, were going to actually launch our kite and get it going up in the air and finding a steady balance and a control while youre flying. Weve already learned about everything, how to set it up, how to find the wind window, where the strongest and the weakest parts of the line are going to be and where to fly? At this point, you are going to want to grab both your kite handles, put your wrists through the loops on both right and left, remembering that your lines are going to run parallel back towards the kite. You can see here that my kite line is in good shape, its running parallel back towards my kite and I am standing up wind from it, ready to fly.

    What you do at this point, is youre going to take a step or two back putting tension on the kite line. What that does is, that raises the kite up into a launch position, so that the nose of the kite is pointing straight up at the sky. This is known as the launch position; this is one thing thats going to really happen. You are going to take both of your lines, put your arms out in front of you and I am going to pull down to my side while taking a quick step back. Thatll allow my kite to have air shot into the sail and the kites actually going to shoot straight up in to the air. So I take my lines, take a step back, pull on my sides and up it goes. Once my kites in the air I am going to want to find a balance This is done by bringing your hands to the center and finding the proper medium in controlling your kite. In the next segment, I am going to teach you how to control your kite, learn some specific maneuvers and really get going.