How to Connect Lines to Kites when Kiteboarding

To connect your lines to a kite, you are going to use the Lark's Head knot, which is the standard connecting knot used for all types of kites. A Lark's Head is a simple slip-knot that gets tighter the harder the main line is pulled, which makes it great for kiteboarding.

Steps

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    Hold the line near the base of the eye. The eye, or loop, is formed by an Eye Splice, which is the standard end on all kite lines.
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    Push the main line through the eye to form a slipknot.
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    Place the slipknot over the knot on the pigtail, which is the standard (kite side) connection of the lines to the kite.
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    Slide the Lark's Head knot all the way against the knot and cinch tight.
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    Always double check this connection, both visually and by giving it a "tug test" by pulling on it with both hands.

Tips

  • Make your Lark's Head knot large enough to easily slip it over the knot on the pigtail. Working with small lines and cold, wet hands can be tricky, especially in cold weather.

Warnings

  • You should not be attempting to kiteboard without proper instruction. Learning to kiteboard requires taking lessons, much like learning to skydive. You wouldn't think of learning to skydive on your own, would you?
  • Do not use frayed, brittle, or deteriorated kite lines. The life expectancy of kite lines under normal use is 1 year, so if you purchase a used kite, plan on replacing the lines as part of your purchase.
  • Always double check your connections. An improper knot could cause the kite to become uncontrollable upon launch.

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