Kiting is Fun for the whole Family!
Kiting is a wonderful sport that allows you to enjoy a nice day in the park in the company of family and friends. Kiting refers to the sport of flying kites for pleasure or competition, depending on whichever you prefer. Kiting is extremely popular as a sport across the globe and its popularity has seen it venture into religion and local customs as well, in many countries.
Kiting began about 2800 years ago in China where it was mainly used for military purposes like signaling, lifting men and machinery and checking the wind speed, amongst others. Over the years, the art trickled beyond the boundaries and today, almost the entire world is involved in the fabulous sport of kiting as a hobby or as a competitive sport.
The main concept behind kiting is to use the power of the wind to let the kite fly higher and further. It is an extremely popular hobby for people looking to spend a nice day at the park or competing with other kite flyers for top honours.
For leisure flyers, kiting offers a wonderful opportunity to have a nice, pleasant day in the park with their kids or friends. Colourful and vibrant, kites are beautiful to look at, especially when they are soaring high in the sky.
Learning how to fly a kite is quite simple and can be picked up without the assistance of an expert. Experts can, and do, help and even hasten the learning phase although they are not entirely necessary. The kite flies simply due to the higher air pressure generated under its wings and the main feature to understand is to be able to control the flight using the control line or string.
With kiting comes another variation of the hobby called kite fighting. Here, one or more kite flyers gather together to soar up into the sky and then begin a dog-fight of sorts in mid air. Most fighting kites are flat and tethered such that the wind blowing against it pulls it into shape. Depending on the direction of the kite's nose, a tug on the control line propels them forward in that direction. Most kite fighters tend to use an abrasive line that is generally coated with powdered glass. The 'Manjha', as it is called, is used to cut the opponent's control line and the first one to do so, wins that bout of kiting. There are other forms of the cutting line available in other countries such as the fishing line (USA), Tar (Afghanistan), Hilo de competencia o Hilo Curado (Chile) and many more.
There are also most sober forms of kite fighting that involve merely capturing and bringing down the opponent's kite or simply touching their control line.
Kiting has a more sober form of competition as well, which involves other features such as the highest flying kite or the farthest flying kite. These are mainly judged based on the amount of string released by the flyer during the flight of the kite.
Kiting is a fun hobby that doesn't require much time to learn or practice. It offers, amongst other things, an enjoyable day outdoors and if you are looking for some good, clean activity, then take up kiting and you won't regret it.