Dragon Kites – Kites are wonderful things, so I bought a kite and now I need some dragon kites.
Sitting on the beach with my wonderful three year old daughter I cracked open the drawstring bag on my newly aquired Pocket Kite. To her obvious wonder I fixed the string to the kite, untangled the tail and with a gentle twang – in a gentle wind – I launched it easily into the air. Izzi let out a wowwww and I knew that my cunning plan to produce the future under-ten kite surfing champion of the world was well on the way.
I remember years and years ago making a kite with my dad fashioning it from brown paper, string and bamboo sticks. The process was much more involved and the resultant kite was a thing of wonder, but it was a pest to get into the air and the string would always snap when it was a mile up and it would then invariably crash into a tree or someone’s aerial. Things have come on a bit now, apart from having done away with steam power and wooden toys, kite technology too has come on leaps and bounds. Kites can be tiny, strings can be durable and winds no longer have to have a “force” in front of them in order for your kite to be launched. Rather than just diamond shapes they also come in many different shapes and sizes even some shaped like dragon kites.
The kite I chose was the Vilac Pocket Kite which is a thing of tiny wonder. It really does fit in a big pocket, it’s cheap as kiting chips and it will go up in a breeze. My daughter took one look at it in the sky and said it was her “dragon kite”… now you may be sceptical that she said this but boo sucks she did and this provoked this post on Dragon Kites.
Kites come in all shapes and sizes and I cannot testify to the quality of the kites here (apart from my lovely pocket kite) but these kites apart from the pocket one are from the dragon kite stable. Some kite aficionados might be able to point you to “serious” dragon kites and I welcome any input on this subject…. as well as any foil kites suitable for teaching kite surfing to minors.
BTW kiting must be good as it caused me to miss the opening two sets of Andy Murray winning Wimbledon.
I love kites that much, especially in the sun, anywhay here’s my little pocket kite and some dragon kites too.