6 Tips to Make Your Kite Last Longer

With over 10 years in the kite repair business, we at have seen it all. We’re often asked about what can be done to prolong the life of kites. With this in mind we’ve made a quick list below to help you keep your kite in your hands and not in ours!

WORKBENCH: Ghetto Kite Fixes

Have you ever been on a long downwinder and have something break? Ever been on a kite vacation where the nearest shop is hundreds of miles away? Sometimes gear breaks and you just don’t have the resources to fix it the right way. Here are a few quick fixes to get you back on the water, or at least to get you to where you need to go.

Suffering Bladder Issues?

While today’s kites are much more durable than the ones built a few years ago (just ask someone who’s been kiting for more than five years how often they had to repair bladders in the past), a damaged bladder is still a fairly common problem.
Peter Schiebel likes to push wear to the limits. Photo Brendan Richards

How Far Do You Push Wear?

This being the one part of kite equipment that requires periodic maintenance, the condition of a rider’s main depower line can give you hints about the personality of the kiter.
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KiteFix Partners with BEST Kiteboarding

Beginning in 2010, all BEST Kiteboarding kites will come equipped with a repair kit supplied by KiteFix which will allow a rider to fix a canopy tear up to 12″ in length or make multiple bladder repairs, on the spot, and never miss another session.
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Kite Fix Economics 101

So here is the situation... You lent your kite to your "buddy" and he went and landed it on a stick he didn't see on the beach. Now your favorite 2007 kite has a two foot long tear down the middle of the canopy. So now what?
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Your control bar is your connection to your kite. It’s how you control its steering and power, and it’s what transfers the power of the kite to you. Your bar is a relatively small piece of equipment, but it can ruin your session if it does not work right.
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DIY Kite Repair

Not every kite repair needs to be sent in to a professional. If the damage is relatively simple and clean, you can repair the canopy of your kite yourself, reduce your downtime and even save some money.
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