Four Kites - One Kiteboarder! How to Stack Inflatable Kites


Stunt kite fliers have done it for years, with 5, 10, even 50 kites tied to the end of their lines and flown around the sky. Grommies have done it at kiteboarding comps with 2 kiteboarding kites, in a desperate attempt to get out and ride on a super light wind day (these days, they just steal the demo foilboard and go riding with their 9m). Finally, one bloke in the snow has upped the game.

Four kites, one bar, one snowkiter, a drone, a soundtrack and four friends to help launch.

That’s the recipe that made this video below, where Ville Pääkkönen shows off just what’s possible with a few extra line-sets and some skills. Interested in trying it yourself? Here’s three things that will make your attempt more successful.

1: Stack the kites with the largest one on the outside. Because if there’s a big one on the inside, it will shield the outer ones and throw off wake turbulence. It’s also far easier to launch them all.

2: Make the stacking lines at least one leading-edge length long. That’s the length of your kite from tip to tip, when rolled out flat on the beach. This gives each kite enough room to fly properly, without too much line stretch.

3: Don’t expect a great riding experience. There’s a reason that kite manufactures make kites the way they do. Just like aeroplanes aren’t built as biplanes anymore, kites are best left as a single entity.


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