YOUR Stunt Kite Stories!

Interesting, Memorable, Anything...

A stunt kite is fast! Anybody with any sense keeps well clear. But occasionally, someone with less sense than most gets a lot of laughs by ... Thwack!

You've seen the videos, on shows like 'Funniest Home Videos'. Don't you just love the sound effects they use. Screaming Junkers dive bomber sound, building to a crescendo ... before the inevitable impact, and canned laughter.

Now, a collision might not be the only reason you remember a stunt kite flying session. As the stories below demonstrate, this corner of the kiting world can generate a whole range of experiences.

This Prism Jazz stunt kite is typical of the current breed of popular delta 2-liners. It has a heap of great reviews too.




What's YOUR Best Stunt Kite Experience?

Memorable, funny or interesting for any old reason. If you have ever had a flight or even seen some flying which ended up as something of a talking point, please share it here!

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Stunt Kite Stories Left By Other Visitors

Click below to read incident reports and general stories from other stunt kite pilots or observers...

One Handed Kite Flying 
Hi, my name is Donald Hawecker. About 13 years ago (Sep 4 2000) I was coming home from the park, just finished flying. Turned out the park got hit from …

First Dual Line Kites 
My name is Kevin Braswell. I grew up with my father Red Braswell tinkering with dual line kites. I remember in say 1976 0r 1977. A production-made dual …

Stunt Kite Self Launch 
If you are like most kite fliers you probably spend the majority of your kite flying time by yourself and like myself the beach sands are not always available …

Peter Powell Stunt Kite - Found Unopened! 
For years my late husband boasted about the two handled stunt kite in the attic. Last week, having flown a really cheap old kite one day, I recalled what …

Stunt Kite Flying Bar 
I have a stunt kite called 'Spider' that I have carried around in my car for a few years. This kite stays put together and ready to fly at the drop of …

Grandson Flying 2 String Stunt Kite 
5 year old grandson flying a 2 string job... He and I went out the day before he returned to school after Xmas holidays. It was very windy and blustery. …

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Are you a keen and experienced sport kite pilot? Think back to all the things that ever went wrong. Or maybe nothing actually went wrong as such. Perhaps a passing bird dragged its feet over the lines or something. It's happened to me, while flying a small single-liner in a stiff sea breeze! There has to be a story in there somewhere.

Buy something like the Prism Jazz stunt kite if you are yet to try this very hands-on style of kite flying. Down at the beach in a moderate sea breeze is a good place to start.

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  1. Flight Report:
    Carbon Diamond High Wind Experiment

    Sep 23, 14 01:22 AM

    This day's flying had been anticipated for at least a couple of weeks. A 'drag bucket' added to the tail end of the 2m (7ft) span Carbon and Tyvek Diamond was an attempt to raise the upper limit on the flyable wind speed for the kite. From earlier experiences it seems the unmodified Diamond becomes unstable at around 30 kph.

    The first flight was done with the drag bucket adjusted for fairly minimal effect. As half expected, the kite soon started to fly way over to the left and right. So, the wind speed up there must be at least 30kph! This was down at Brighton Beach, but all thoughts of doing KAP soon evaporated, due to the high wind speed. Not to mention the turbulence coming from some high buildings directly upwind.

    For a second attempt, the Velcro fastener was re-adjusted to considerably open up the intake of the bucket. The bucket being two Tyvek flaps which come together over the tail-most region of the sail. This had an immediate effect. More stability! Unfortunately, the extra drag also helped keep the kite at a lowish line angle in some of the fiercer gusts. Lots of line tension ensued, with a huge amount of distortion apparent in the sail.

    At this rate, something was going to break pretty soon, so I struggled to get the kite down to the sand. After shifting the towing point forward by about 3cm (1") the kite seemed a little more comfortable. When the sail of a Diamond distorts badly, it reduces the amount of effective area below the towing point. This is like shifting the towing point back - adding to the problems of too much wind!

    And then the inevitable happened. The already broken-and-repaired horizontal ferrule gave way and the kite promptly folded up and sank to the sand. But not before I had carefully observed every second of the kite's struggles, trying to learn more about Diamond kite behavior in high winds.

    Just an hour after arriving home, the weather station at the nearby airport was reporting gusts to 50kph! It was less further down the coast, but I suspect the Carbon Diamond felt the brunt of around 40kph for at least a few seconds at a time.

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