Get some exercise and go fly a stunt kite this summer! Kidzworld checks out cool stunt kites for you to send to the skies.
Stunt Kites - What Are They?
Stunt kites or sport kites are special kites which are able to do different figures and maneuversin the air. Sport kites usually have a triangular shape and are controlled with two lines or strings. To control the kite, you pull on the right hand line to turn right and the left line to turn left. By using different combinations of pulls and pushes, you can do various cool tricks, loops and patterns in the sky. More advanced stunt kites have four lines and these can do much more difficult tricks and maneuvers, such as full spins, hovers and backwards flights.
Stunt Kites - Check 'Em Out
Gayla Nylon Stunt Piranha Kite - This two-string stunt kite looks like a piranha so it's ready to eat up the skies and is perfect for frightening piranha-phobic birds. Comes with two handles, over 150 feet of kite line and a vinyl carrying case. For more info, head to www.sportsrus.com.
New Tech Big Bang Stunt Kite - The Big Bang is a great kite for stunt kite beginners who want to quickly learn some sweet kite tricks. This high-performance trick machine has a unique balance system to make controlling the kite easier and has 150 feet of line. The Big Bang also comes with a kite-flying manual, a carrying case and an instructional DVD. For more info, head to www.windpowersports.com.
Screaming Meemie Stunt Kite - The Screaming Meemie is a little hard to handle and is for more advanced kite-flyers - but it does a ton of cool stunts. This kite works well in higher winds and moves in and out of tricks very quickly. Comes with 80 feet of line and a carrying case. For more info, check out www.intothewind.com.
Stunt Kites - Fun Facts
In 200 B.C., a Chinese General in the Han Dynasty flew a kite over the walls of a city he was attacking to measure how far his army would have to tunnel to reach past the defenses.
The Wright Brothers used kites in experiments to help them build the first airplane.
When the Taliban ruled in Afghanistan, kite flying was banned.