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#21 makatakam


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Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:41 AM

If you detach the lines from the handles then it makes no difference. If you leave the handles attached to the lines, then larkshead the tops onto the bottoms at the kite end. You'll understand why when you roll them up and get to the handle end.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:33 PM

I separate the right line from the left line at all times, never letting a line from the other side mix in.
For the left lines, I usually larks head the bottom to the top on one end and the top to the bottom on the other end.
Then I duplicate this for the right side.
The line are then essentially pairs which I wind both on the winder at the same time. You might place a finger between the right and left line as you wind them. I prefer the figure eight winding method. Some prefer the straight winding method. Choose the method that you are most comfortable with. I would suggest that you hold the winder in the same hand when you wind and unwind. I might also suggest that you always wrap your own lines and use the same method. I politely decline offers from others to wind my lines for me. Doing this you will reduce the amount of twists and other mess-ups when you unwind your lines.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:48 PM

Hi there,

Hope you're having fun with your new kite. If you're looking to meet up with some local fliers, the Bay Area Sport Kite League has a teaching clinic scheduled for Oct. 20 at the Berkeley Marina, weather permitting. There should be lots of experienced fliers there, and even if you've already figured out the basics by then, it's a great opportunity to pick up lots of useful tips and information. I've been flying for 2 years and I'm still learning a lot at these clinics. I'll probably be there too.

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