Kite User Manuals, How-To Videos,
Flying Tips, and What to practice
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HQ Trainer Kite User Manual PDF (5.7 MB) Although this guide was written in 2009,
it's still totally relevant for set-up and flying of 2013 kites. ( Rush, Hydra )
HQ Scout II Field Manual PDF file (1.9 MB) Scout II , also relevant for Scout III
HQ De-Power Kite Manual PDF (5.9 MB) HQ Sheetable Foils: Apex, Montana, Neo )
How to keep your kite healthy.
Practice Releasing the Control-Bar.
What happens if your car hits something while traveling slowly?
Maybe nothing, a scratch, small dent?
What happens if do the exact same thing when moving fast?
Apply that same common sense to using your kite.
If your kite is racing toward the ground... Release your control-bar,
and avoid a power-slam
Releasing the bar will
One question pop-quiz... ready?
Your kite is flying fast toward the ground.
A. Hold on with a monkey-grip and hope for the best.
B. Ppen your hands and release your control-bar?
Yes, B, is correct. If in doubt?... let out! Release.
It's super important to physically practice... "RELEASING" you control bar.
You can practice this with you actual Control-Bar, or even with a broom-stick in your house. Mental rehearsal is great, and we still want you to physically practice it.
Practice this exercise at least 5 times and get it hard-wired into your "muscle memory". This is NOT a joke, Please practice this exercise.
You would be amazing at the percentage of people who freeze-up in an emergency, and hold on with a Monkey-grip onto their control-bar even as they're getting dragged by their kite.
RELEASE! Your properly rigged "kite-safety-leash" will kill the kites power,
and also keep the kite from getting away.
Ok, time to practice.
Pick up the control Bar (Red side in your Left Hand)
Hold the bar Horizontally, like a handle-bar on a mountain-bike.
Think "Uh Oh!" (You know the feeling when something spooks you)
Open your hands and "RELEASE!"
Yes, Drop the control bar RELEASE!.
Did you do it? Did you actually / Physically release and drop your bar?
If yes... Excellent! Do it again.
If No... Stop reading, grab your control-bar (or a broom stick), and practice.
If you're feeling a bit stubborn, our page "Lessons Learned" (the hard way),
should do the trick.
Steering a Kite
Steering a trainer kite is very much like steering a mountain bike, or a wave-runner,
its a push-pull movement, keeping the bar level to the ground.
One arm extends,
and the other arm bends.
A Common Mistake is tilting/ turning the bar, hand over hand, like a cars steering wheel ... No, no.
Think STEER like a "MOUNTAIN BIKE"
one arm in and one arm out.
To Steer your kite to the right...
Pull-in with your right hand, (bending your right arm).
As your right hand comes in, be sure to let-out, or push-out, your opposite hand.
This works because as you pull in on one side, you are shortening the line on that side, causing that side of your kite to slow down, and allowing the other wing-tip to
speed-up causing the kite to turn / pivot around that tip.
One hand IN, and the other hand OUT
Video Kite Guides / How-to's
When watching How-to Kite videos.. The specific kite model demonstrated is too important since many kites utilize similar set-ups.
Any kite video showing a 3-line kite would be relevant to other 3-line kite models.
All kite videos, 2-line to 5-line, would still have info that pertains to all kites.
Wind-window, Power-zone, Edge of the window, Parking, Stall, Angle of attack, etc,
and all concepts that need to be understood by all kiters. Obviously you will still need to learn the specifics for YOUR kite.
Video Below: Trainer-Kite Boot Camp.
Although this video demonstrates a 2-line kite,
it's loaded to important basic concepts.
Video Below. User Guide for the HQ Rush IV "3-line" Trainer-Kite.
In the video above "Boot-Camp" they use small rocks to hold the kite down.
In this next video, the kiters using a ground-stake to secure the kite via the leash.
Using Sand on the trailing edge is another option.