Delta, Sode, Dopero... there are tons of kites out there. I was familiar with the diamond of course, as I'm sure everyone in America is. But modern technology has opened up the kite design world.
There are thousands of types of kites today. And while most of us know how to use a single kite line, many have dual or quad lines for even more cool air tricks and larger kites. The complexity in some of these kites is incredible, and when I made one without looking at design specifics, it didn't work out so well.
“From dopero to delta, there are thousands of types of kites.”
My first real kite was a box kite. Looking at it on the ground, I had no idea how this thing would fly. After all, there aren't any box-shaped airplanes or gliders. It looked a bit like a hot air balloon, but there was nothing covering the top. Even today, box kites are enigmatic in my mind.
Kites need wind to be able to fly. This means indoor stadiums like football domes or gyms are not good places to fly a kite. This also means that vacuums like that of outer space are also not conducive to flying kites. Look for an outdoor area with enough space to run around with your kite.
I love building and launching model rockets. I've been doing it since way back in middle school. The only downside so to speak, is that a rocket's flight isn't a particularly long one. It blasts up, then comes down.
Kitesufring looked simple enough. You stand on the board, the kite gets carried by the wind, and you (on the board) are pulled along for the ride of your life. I was going to make the most of my seaside holiday, and that meant kitesurfing.