About Kites

Kites have come a long way. It is believed that they originated about 2000 years ago in China. Kites have played an important role in history. They have been used in religious ceremonies, warfare, scientific developments, fishing, and relaxation. More kite history can be found at: http://www.nationalkitemonth.org/history/kitehistory.shtml

Types of Kites

Almost all kites fall into two categories, single line kites, and multi-line kites. This refers to the number of lines that a flier controls his kite with. Single line kites may have more than one bridle line attachment point for the kite’s stability, but all those bridle lines are gathered together in a single tow point to attach the flying line. An example would be a diamond eddy kite. A multi-line kite example would be a sport kite. It’s pilot uses two or more flying lines to fly his kite.

SINGLE LINE KITES (one controlling flying line) include these categories (Descriptions courtesy of The American Kiteflyers Association’s “Rules and Guidelines for Kitemakers' Competitions” Photos are courtesy of Kite Studio. More examples of these kite types can be found at Kite Studio’s website http://www.kitebuilder.com

MULTI-LINE KITES (More than one controlling flying line) include dual (2) and quad (4) kites,) These are kites that use more than one flying line to launch the kite into the air and to control its flight patterns. These kites are designed for the purpose of making high-performance maneuvers in flight. The pilot must be able to control the flight of the kite through certain basic maneuvers. These types of kites are sometimes broken into two types, sport, and traction.


Although Single and Multi-Line describe most kites, some have elements of both, or items that separate them.

Ground Display This genre encompasses banners and ground bouncers that help decorate a field with color, and indicators of wind direction. These items are not attached to a kite, but stand, or are tethered by themselves.