If you start reading this article expecting me to tell you what the single best team kite is, you’ll be disappointed. Put 10 team flyers in a room together, and you’ll probably get 12 nominations. What I want to do in this article is to go over some of the aspects you may want to consider when choosing a team kite. I will, in the end, tell you what team kites we are using, and why, so if you want to consider those as recommendations, be my guest!
A few things first: I’m only going to talk about dual-line team kites, as that is where my experience lies. That experience comes from being part of a dual-line pair, Flying Fish, together with my wife Irma, since 2011. Also from both of us being part of a dual-line team, L-katz, initially with Tony, Neil and Roger, and more recently with Neil, Roger, Pea and Lisa (the latter two form the dual-line pair Twisted Bridle). I can fly a quad-line kite, but not well enough to fly in a team (at least not without taking at least half the team out within half a minute!). I’ll leave discussing quad-line team kites to someone with experience in quad-line team-flying.
Targeting this article mostly at starting team flyers: those who have an interest in team-flying but are not sure what kites to use. And, finally, to avoid repeated awkward sentences, I’m considering a pair as a 2-person team, even though most competitions have separate pair and team disciplines. So when I talk about ‘team’, I implicitly include ‘pair’.