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biggrin.gif posted on 12-30-2003 at 04:53 PM
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I've gone and got myself interested in power kiting and am gagging to take it up.

I'm thinking of getting a flexifoil to begin with, but am obviously hoping to get one that I can learn with but then also achieve air once I've acquired the skills.

Is it unrealistic to expect to get enough pull from a single kite for some hopping and jumping (I'm thinking maximum of a super 10) but still be able to learn with it in the first place?

Any advice to a new boy is much appreciated. Cheers
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[*] posted on 12-31-2003 at 02:47 AM


Super 10's are a good kite for kite jumping though it often requires more than one kite. 2-3 linked together in a train is a common setup. You can learn to fly with your 1st kite and later add more to create a stack.

Info on linking Flexis and kite jumping can be found in this thread:
http://www.powerkiteforum.com/viewthread.php?tid=62

Word of advice... kite jumping results in more injury accidents than any other form of kite traction. Become proficient with the kite before attempting to jump, wear safety gear and use your head.




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[*] posted on 1-1-2004 at 12:05 PM


I'm not really an extreme sport person, just looking to have some fun with it for the time being, hopefully getting my feet off the ground but nothing too adventurous. Do you think I would be able to achieve this with a single super-10 in decent conditions?

If not, is there an alternative kite that is also manageable for learners that could give me the mild kicks I'm looking for?

Thanks for your feedback.
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[*] posted on 1-2-2004 at 01:13 AM


It is possible to do some small jumps with a single 10 in wind over 15mph. But kite jumping IS an extreme aspect of kiting and in my opinion is not something to be taken so lightly.

First off, this should only be done on the beach in soft sand. I also suggest wearing a shoe or boot that provides ankle support. You see that kite jumping does not simply lift a person straight up and gently back to earth. Instead, the jumper is lifted and then rocketed downwind to land at high speed. Landing on a hard surface can easily break an ankle.

There is another style of kite jumping that can be performed with 4-line foils. It uses less force and does not carry the flier as far downwind. Some call it "pendulum" jumping and it is described further in the thread I mentioned in my last post. Any quality quad-line foil, say 5meter or larger, will work in a stiff wind. Good ones are Jojo and Ozone kites.
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that could give me the mild kicks
kites offer so many opportunities for kicks. Buggying, skating, surfing, skiing and even regular flatfoot flying... I have been getting kicks out of kiting for nearly 20 years! I bet you will too.



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[*] posted on 1-8-2004 at 04:29 PM


Stacker 10 at around 120? Have a look at PKD Busters - 3.0m at 135 - lots more fun for your money.

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