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Rokkaku Kite Competition

Here you see a short video describing the Rokkaku Kite competition where the main object is to be longest in the sky. The name Rokkaku is Japanese and means the kite has 6 corners. The kites are 4 to 7 feet in diameter giving a nice foot print in the sky for some interesting art work.

The Rokkaku competitions are more like a demolition derby in the sky and sometimes called The Rakkaku Challenge. The first video is a Rakkaku kite fighting battle it out on Capitol Mall during the Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival. Video two is a Rokkaku Challenge between three Rokkaku competitors. In video three is an example of a Rokkaku Challenge with a nice big group of challengers.

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Kite Style

Your kite style selection can be a tough choice because the styles vary dramatically along with the skills needed to fly them. Here we will break down the categories of the single-line kites available to fly.

Flat Kites

Used today for fishing flat kites may be the earliest of known kite types. They are really flat and remain rigid in flight are remain very stable which also makes them great to use for fishing today.

Bowed Kites

A bowed kite will face the wind with a curve. Stability is gained from the dihedral. With a bowed kite a lot of times do not need tails.

Figure Kites

You will find figure kites in many different shapes and sizes. There is almost no figure that cannot be made into a kite. Some of the most popular shapes are bats, bees, birds, butterflies, fish and dragons. But you will see many more shapes like cartoon characters, animals and people.

Rokkaku Kite

The rokkaku kite is a Japanese word that means there are six corners on the kite. You will see them bowed with two tension lines and range in size from 4 to 7 feet. With the large surface makes a lot of room for some very creative artwork. The kite is used for a kind of demolition derby called The Rokkaku Challenge. The object is to try to knock the other pilots out of the sky.

Dimensional and Cellular Kites

The dimensional and cellular kites are the derivatives of the box kite. They consist of a three dimensional shapes. The Hargrave is a triangular box kite that has wings. There is also a Cody which is a full box with upturned wings. The cellular kites may have fins, wings or vanes. The cellular kites can be stacked on a single line and used to carry heavy payloads.

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Soft Flexible Kites

The soft flexible kites are very different because they do not have any frame. They gain their flight characteristics by filling with air in multiple cells. Also able to lift heavy objects as big as cars because they develop large amounts of pull.

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Delta Kite

The delta kite invented by NASA the shape is the same as the 4 letter of the Greek alphabet. A favorite of beginners and the novice the shape can automatically adjust to changes in the wind force. Even the more experienced kite pilots enjoy the Delta Kites.

Fighter Kites

Fighter kites are believed to be the kites that require to most skill to fly. They are diamond shaped and have a two or three point bridle. Their construction consists mainly of paper and bamboo. They are controlled by a single control line. What happens in flight is the spreaders flex which cause the kite to change directions. The release of tension makes the kite flat which causes it to spin.

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Sled Kite

A sled kite is a very simple and flexible design and a very flexible flier. Back in the 50s at the time when the sled kite first appeared there was a sled with the name “flexible flier” so the inventor named the kite the “Sled Kite”.

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Arch Kite

Arch kites get anchored to the ground and connected side by side. A specific theme can be created with arch kites of words or phrases spelled out with them.

Train and Centipede Kites

The centipede or train kites are connected to each other to form a train or centipede. It looks like they are all flying on a single line. But remember that doing this will create a lot of pull in the group of kites.