Set up and use instructions

Please read and understand the whole page before you start messing around with your bridle. If you are not sure what you are doing, call us or get some other expert help. Also note that there is information at the end about kite pressure

Twin Bridle System

When you are ready, try switching between bridles to see whether you can handle more turning speed. Before attempting this, make sure you take a picture of your kite as it's currently set up. Take care not to mix the lines up because it's can get very confusing very fast if this happens. Also make sure you are competent at tying a larks head knot (see below) before attempting this. 

NOTE: As you are doing this, you will notice one more attachment point at the leading edge that's not used. If you want a slower, more grunts kite with a bit less de power and slow constant power (ideal for beginners) then try attacking the bridle at this point. BTW either bridle will work when attached here.

HOW HARD DO I PUMP UP MY KITE?

Buzz kites fly GREAT with 8-9 PSI in the leading edge. 

It's VERY difficult to over-inflate a kite with a hand pump. If a kite blows up with a hand pump, then it was due to damage elsewhere on the kite which weakened its structural integrity.

Most hand pumps achieve pressures of about 10 PSI with an 80kg person doing the pumping. That’s using ALL your body weight to push down on it. Great news!  Many people only use around 5 PSI and their kite underperforms.

Here are three ways to check your pressure:

1: The bend test: Does the leading edge bend near the centre of the kite? If it does, then pump it up some more!

2: The ‘flick’ test: more pressure - higher noise when flicked. While it's connected to your pump leash and give it a flick. ‘PING’ = good. ‘PUH’ = bad.

3: Use a gauge: A gauge will give you a pretty good idea of what pressure is being held in the pump hose. 

If you are learning and frequently smashing your kite into the water or ground, then you might want to try a little less (5 psi) so you don't pop your kite. When you are flying high then increase the pressure.

If your kite starts to bend when on the water, flaps in the air or seems to not be flying correctly; head back to the back immediately because you have a leak of some sort. Most often (i.e. 90+% of the time), leaks happen around the valve. They are often due to sand not allowing the valve to close completely, or otherwise not doing the valve up tight enough/correctly. Each time you pump up, blow all the sand away from the threads and gaskets on the valve. Also, when you deflate the kite at the end of the session, turn the valve upside down and put it back into the velcro punch. This will allow the kite to deflate whilst minimising the amount of sand that can get in the kite and in the valve area.