How To Use
How to Assemble a Kitewing
With a little practice, the Kitewing takes less than 10 minutes to assemble – even in strong wind conditions. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions and you’ll have your Kitewing ready to go in no time.
- Locate a flat area of land or beach. Remove any sharp objects from the ground to avoid ripping the sail during assembly. Keep any tube ends and Y-tube connectors away from the ground until you are ready to attach them to avoid getting dirt or sand in the tubing.
- Unwrap the wing downwind. Fold the sail in half along the boom lines. There should be two holes for the two Y-tubes pointing up and two pointing down towards the ground.
- Thread the ends of the top tubes into the pockets on the front edge of the wing. Do the same with the boom, ensuring that it is inserted the correct way. Push the tubes into the pockets until the cross bar fittings protrude out of the second set of holes.
- Unfold the wing and place the sail on the ground with the top down. To keep the wing from flying away in windy conditions, place the safety leash on your wrist at this point in the assembly process.
- Attach the crossbar to the wing. If necessary, clean the ends and joints of the crossbar with a brush before attaching it.
- Roll back the sail ends and begin inserting the tube extensions. Once both extensions are secured in the tubes, thread the tightening ribbon through and pull the wing taut. After doing this, make sure that your boom is aligned with the center line of the sail.
- Begin inserting your battens, starting with the shortest first. One small batten should go in each sleeve at either end of the wing. Insert the other battens, ensuring that the securing bands are wrapped around the end of each batten.
- Thread the sail cord through boom cleats. Then, pull the cord tight and tie off any loose ends.
- Your Kitewing assembly is now complete! Give your wing a good shake and complete a few careful test runs to ensure that everything is thoroughly attached before heading out for your adventure.
Using a Harness
Flying a Kitewing for long periods of time can cause your arms to tire. Kitewing harnesses and harness lines remedy this situation by taking some of the strain off of the rider. Seat harness and waist harnesses are both available to suit the preference of individual riders. In either case, a harness will transfer power from the rider’s back instead of their arms, making it easier to ride the Kitewing without tiring or experiencing arm aches.
Be aware that, in most cases, harnesses should not be used in strong wind conditions. Only experienced riders who excel in anticipating their wing’s movement in response to the wind should use a harness in these conditions.
Caring for Your Kitewing
All Kitewing users should know a little about the nature of their wing’s sail material. There are essentially two types of materials used for Kitewing sails: monofilm (transparent), and dacron (opaque). Since dacron is more durable and flexible, it will stand up to rougher use. However, it’s helpful to keep it clean in between uses and to fold it carefully before storing.
For monofilm sails, be careful not to crease the sail when folded. Be careful not to pull the material too hard when folding the sail since monofilm is not stretchy like dacron. Also, rinse the sail with clean water and let it air dry unfolded after each use to prevent damage to the stitching. Also, avoid leaving your Kitewing out in the sun for extended periods of time as this could damage the monofilm material.
Since Kitewings are made with Rip-Stop materials, small tears that are smaller than a few inches in length should not be a major problem. In fact, you can often repair the sail yourself in a matter of minutes. Purchase some nylon adhesive tape or clear plastic weatherproof tape. Keep these in your Kitewing storage bag. Either of items should be able to hold together a small tear so you can continue using the wing. If a larger tear occurs, use the tape to hold it together until you can take the wing in for professional repairs.