The Wind Window

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Understanding the Wind. The diagrams above help describe 'The Wind Window', this is where the kite will fly.

When you stand with your back to the wind, hold your arms straight out to each side, left arm to the left, right arm to the right, the 180 degrees in front of you is 'The Wind Window'. 'The Wind Window' also extends to straight above your head.

The kite will only fly to the edge of the window, if you try to fly the kite past the edge of the wind it will 'luff' or fall from the sky.

The kite must always be launched from near the edge of the window (the Low Power zone), either the left side or the right, and then brought to the position above your head. This is called the 'Zenith' or 'Neutral' position.

The neutral position extends from the left hand side, up and over your head, to the right hand side (always with your back to the wind).

Launching and landing your kite from these positions is most important, as this is the safe (neutral) part of 'The Wind Window'.

Once you have brought the kite up to the 'Zenith' position you can practice moving the kite in a small figure eight above your head, this is how you generate power with the kite.

When you are comfortable with the controls of your kite you can start to make the figure eights larger, moving the kite further into the wind, this is when you'll start to feel what kind of power your dealing with.

Leaning back against the kite and doing controlled 'figure eights' you should be able slide downwind with the kite.

Controlled body drags or slides are important for good kite flying technique.

The sooner you understand 'The Wind Window', the quicker you'll be mobile with your kite.

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