Line rigging comparison

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Three ways to rig lines to your kite.  Level: basic 


This table provides a comparison of the three methods of rigging kite lines.

 MethodAdvantagesDisadvantages
Upwind rigging
(most common) 
Bar is oriented as for kiting
Wind assists flaking out lines
Simple method, lines visible to connection points
Lines need to be moved to side when launching

Crosswind riggingLines are in best position for launching Easier to cross lines over when attaching them
Downwind riggingLines visible to connection points.Lines need to be moved to side when launching
Must reverse bar when connecting lines
More confusing for beginners

While it is good to know all three methods to rig lines, it is best to use one regularly and develop a fixed routine to eliminate errors.

Upwind line rigging

Upwind line rigging

The coloured end of bar is on left (when facing kite, as you would fly it)

Rear lines:
  • Left coloured rear line (loop) goes to kite outside line coloured knot
  • Right black rear line (loop) goes to kite outside black knot
Front lines
  • Coloured front line (knot) goes to coloured kite bridle loop
  • Black front line (knot) goes to black kite bridle loop

Downwind line rigging

Kite line rigging downwind

The coloured end of bar is on right (reversed)

Rear lines:
  • Coloured rear line (loop) goes to kite outside line coloured knot 
  • Black rear line (loop) goes to kite outside black knot
Front lines
  • Coloured front line (knot) goes to coloured kite bridle loop
  • Black front line (knot) goes to black kite bridle loop
Note: When launching the kite you must hold the coloured end of the bar in your left hand as usual.


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