Spectacular wide flowing tails
Some single-line deltas can be very plain,
functional, and flown without tails. Others are dressed up in dazzling
color schemes and multiple fancy tails.
The large white delta in the photo is a little
unusual. The very wide twin tails seem to be part of the main sail of
the kite instead of being attached to the trailing edge. It's just an illusion; you'd see plenty of stitches if you got in close.
This kite was here at the festival last year too, when it was
flown very low over the dunes. The winds were much stronger in 2007, so
perhaps the owners were trying to keep it out of the faster-moving air
higher up, to avoid loss or damage.
Of course, another reason to fly a kite low is to give onlookers the best possible view of it!
Part of the attraction of single-line delta kites is the way they
fly. They seem to be more bird-like than most other types. Simple flat
kites, like diamonds, can be a bit erratic in the air, while large
cellular kites just hang there. A well-made delta gently flexes its
wings, floating here and there in graceful flight.
Now, let's see if you are an expert... Which one of the above kites is actually a delta conyne?