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How to care for your kite

Taking care of your kite

After having spent so much money and so much time picking out the best kite, wouldn’t you want to properly take care of it? Of course you would, but since you are a beginner you do not know how to go about it.

Follow the advice presented below and you will be using your kite for a long, long time to come.

   1. Since you will most likely kiteboard at the beach, sand will be an issue (it is abrasive and will affect your kite). After ending your session take some time to wipe off all the sand from your kite. Pack your kite only after making sure that you got rid of all the sand.

   2. If your kite is wet, do not pack it up. Pack it up only after it has dried up. If you decide to wash your kite (which is not exactly necessary) make sure that it had sufficient time to dry up before you pack up and leave for the beach. Otherwise you will most likely get mildew and other unpleasant odors. The colors may also run.

   3. Set up your gear in the general area where you intend to launch. What’s the point of setting it up miles away from where you intend to launch? Why would you want to carry it all that distance and risk damaging it?

   4. Try to avoid self launches as they will add unnecessary wear and tear to your bow or C-style kite.

   5. Pack your pump and hose separately. This is because the hose may bend and holes may form on the bend.

   6. After ending your session take the time to wash your bar with fresh water. Also make sure that all your lines are knot free. Did you know that a knot can weaken your lines by more than 50%?

   7. When you start to inflate your kite, make sure it is laid out flat on the ground. Some people let the kite unroll itself without realizing that this could cause bladder twists to form on the leading edge.

   8. Your kite came in a bag, so use it. The bag is meant to protect the kite material (which can easily be pierced by sharp objects).

   9. The kite material may stretch and even tear if you crash your kite and do not let go of it (if you maintain tension in the lines). Let go and enjoy the swim.

   10. If you leave your kite in the sun it will eventually become brittle. It will also start to loose its color.

   11. If you leave your kite flapping in the wind it will add unnecessary surface fatigue.