If you are an expert stunt flier, this page on stunt kites in 2008 might not be of much interest since you 'know it all' already. However, if you are new to the world of stunt kites, read on for a few small snippets of information, plus a few photos.
The images are from the Adelaide International Kite Festival in 2008, of course!
We didn't see a large number of stunt kites in 2008 at the
festival. The different types where well represented though.
Unfortunately, on sifting through our photos, I could only find images
of 2 types .... oops! Next year, we might be better organized and
specifically target different types of kites with our camera.
Everybody seemed to be just flying for fun. In any case, we didn't notice any super-precise aerial figures being flown!
Personally, I've only ever flown a cheap $10 stunt kite plus the decidedly better quality Peter Powell MkIII. However, I've done plenty of research to publish the Stunt Kites pages elsewhere on this website.
The Large Deltas
There were a number of these Delta kites, mainly being flown over the
dunes some distance from the waterline. For example, the large black
and white Delta in the photo above. The long tail traced out its
movement in the sky. The single-liners were mainly anchored in the flat
sandy areas or to the jetty.
Speaking of the jetty, we noticed a man flying his Delta stunter
very close to onlookers walking up and down the jetty. He knew what he
was doing and was hovering the kite, so no-one was in danger of getting
hit hard. People were suitably impressed. However, we noticed his flying
lines were passing rather close to another kite line... Sure enough, a
minute or so later, the kite snagged and flopped into a pool of
Note to beginners: don't fly your stunt kite near people!
Someone might end up with a nasty whack in the head. These kites move
quickly and have sharp corners.
A Quad Kite
This guy was having fun with a Quad kite, from Revolution. The Revs are
very popular in this category. He was practicing his landing maneuvers.
Take off, do a trick or 2 in the air, then sit it back down on the sand
again. Over and over again. All under the precise control of the 4
flying lines. Here's a close-up of the kite sitting on the sand...
Other Stunt Kites In 2008
No more photos unfortunately, but we did see a large white parafoil
being flown as a stunt kite. These can be a bit of a handful when the
breeze gets up a bit, due to the large amount of pull they exert on the
lines! Like Delta stunters, power kites like this parafoil are usually
on 2 lines for stunt flying.
Finally, we saw the stack of 3 small black deltas that
made an appearance last year as well. It's quite possible it was the
same expert stunt flier in action too. This year, the winds were lighter
so the little deltas weren't slipping through the air at the incredible
speeds we saw earlier. Still, they were smooth, carving many straight lines as well as curves in the air.
That's about it on the stunt kites in 2008 that we saw at the festival.