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==== ====Traction kites are adult sports equipment with which you can pull yourself on the beach or overgrass, jump, sit in a buggy, or stand on skis, mountainboards or surfboards with considerablespeed. In this shop you will find only selected manufacturers with high quality products:http://clix.superclix.de/cgi-bin/tclix.cgi?id=traveler&pp=13685&linknr=20755==== ====Traction kites first made an appearance way back in the 1970s, when the Flexifoil stunter becameavailable for anyone to buy. This kite had a single flexible spar running the full length of its leadingedge. This was a fast kite with plenty of power, and people still fly this design today.Since the history of traction kites extends back to the 70s, using them to pull you along isnt a newidea. A small number of people soon started experimenting with the Flexifoil for traction. Theyfound several ways to drag themselves along, for example over sand in a small wheeled buggy.Someone might have got the idea when the wind got a bit strong one day, and they foundthemselves slipping across the wet sand. Just a short step from there to actually sitting in or onsomething and covering some ground.Most traction designs are parafoils, that is, flexible ram air inflated wings. Some designs meantfor use in water have inflatable spars built into them. Others are single-surface kites, for examplesome of Peter Lynns designs.Types Of Traction KitesOver the years, designers have made kites for specific sports, so theres a lot of different types.Broadly though, there are just 2 categories - power and traction.Some people lump all 2, 3, 4 or 5 line flexible kites into one category. Many other people dividethese into 2 or 3 line for power and 4 or 5 line for traction. There is a big range of sizes available,and cost depends a lot on size.Here follows a summary of both types, to help explain the real difference.Power kites are at the smaller and cheaper end, and are used mainly for stunt flying or just havingfun. They are really just another kind of stunter. A small one is pretty fast through the air, which ispart of the thrill of flying it.However, if they are 3 square meters (about 30 square feet) or bigger in area, they pull quite a bit.Naturally, people then think about using them to pull along small land buggies, for example.Traction kites are bigger and more expensive, and are used mainly for pulling things along. Forexample, surfboards, snowboards, land kite buggies and so on.However, depending on wind conditions, theres nothing to stop you flying one of these as a rather
expensive and impressive stunter. The extra brake lines let you turn the kite with less armmovement than the 2-line variety. Also, the brake lines are handy for bringing it down onto theground with a bit more control. With 4 or more lines dragging through the air, and otheraerodynamic reasons, traction kites are a bit slower than the smaller power kites.Some traction designs are built purely for speed, compared to other kites of the same size. Theseare racing kites, and are not as easy to fly as other traction designs.Traction Kites in ActionHow do people fly power kites these days? This type being so popular, the manufacturers havemanaged to cater for just about everyone. Young children can fly the smallest 2-line power kitesunder supervision while down at the beach. At the other end, top-notch athletes push the limitsdoing freestyle tricks over snow or in the surf with other kite boarders, using very expensivetraction kites.At the top end, these kites are more like aircraft than toys. Thats not at all surprising when youconsider that some are made by paraglider manufacturers! In 2007, the cost of some of theseflying wonders exceeded 1000 US dollars.Freestyle kite skiing and boarding have both seen big increases in popularity, as well as kitesurfing.In Conclusion, Safety...The following list of advice summarizes the safety issues that are relevant to flying modern tractionkites.choose the right kite, not too big for your experience, skill or wind conditionsread the product instructions, safety warnings and flying tips on the packagingfly it in a large enough area, away from obstacles, including other peoplestart flying in light winds, until you are used to itwear safety gear if you are getting dragged over the ground, for example in buggyinga helmet is recommended when going for a kite surf in the oceando a course, or get expert advice, before getting into the more advanced extreme sportsget good at doing tricks with your power kite before thinking about doing extreme sportsTim Parish and his family are rediscovering the joys of kite flying. They blog their kiting fun on theirMy-Best-Kite.com website, and also research the kiting world. This site will introduce you to manykinds of kites and kite flying activities, including power and traction kites of course!
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