Kite Flying 101 by WINDNSUN Kites

Kite Flying 101 by WINDNSUN Kites

Flying kites have been a favorite pastime for adults and children alike for many centuries. The origin of the kite goes back about two thousand years and mostly like was started in China. The legend says a Chinese farmer tied a string to the end of his hat and that is possibly how kite flying began.

Whether you like watching your kids fly their WINDNSUN kites, or you're a kite hobbyist yourself, one thing is for sure, a day outdoors spent flying a kite is pure enjoyment for everyone involved. 

Have you ever tried kite flying? Let us give you a breakdown, and perhaps get you to try kite flying yourself:

The basic kite has four main parts: a kite structure, a tether or flying line, bridle (not all kites have this) and a tail. All these parts work together to make the kite fly and move accordingly in the wind.

Basics Of Kite Flying

There are also three main forces that work to help you kite stay in the air. These forces are lift, drag and gravity. Lift is what forces your kite in the air and helps keep it in flight. Gravity is the downward force that works opposite of of lift. The drag of a kite is the wind pressure that allows your kite to fly forward. When all these 3 forces are in balance you have a kite that is flying beautifully in the air!

Kite Structure

A kite structure is the actual kite and shape itself. Kites typically come in several different shapes: flat, bowed, boxed or air-inflated. The X Kites Wigglekite are flat, nylon motion kites. The kite structure itself is designed to be heavier than the air and to be the ‘lift’ of the kite.

Tether/Flying Line 

The tether line is designed to help you get your kite in the air and to avoid it from flying away. It is also the tool to help you bring your kite back down.


The bridle is a structure that helps align your kite to the proper angle for wind lift. Not all kites have this, but that’s okay. Your kite will still fly without one. Some kites also have a keel that works in the same way.



Most kites these days have a tail. The tail is designed to steady your kite and keep it from spinning while in flight.


Ready to take your WINDNSUN kite out for a spin? We would love to see! Don't forget to tag us using @FlyXKites on Instagram and Facebook, and use hashtags #WINDNSUN #XKites #FlyXKites for a chance to be featured.

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