Keeping sand out and off of the kite as much as possible will prolong the life of your kite. Any solid object, even as small as a grain of sand can cause abbrasion on the canopy.
That’s why it is always a good idea to ‘fly dry’ your kite before packing up, as sand doesn’t stick to a dry kite as much as it does to a wet kite. Having said that, you might have forgotten the time while riding and could be in a hurry.
Prevent getting sand on a wet kite
Packing up your kite when it’s still wet? Ask the help of a buddy on the beach. Make sure your landing assistant holds the kite off the ground, open the deflate valve, fold tip on tip and roll up the kite while keeping it off the ground and put it in the bag. Make sure you dry your kite as soon as you can, preferably within the next hour. Pump it up in the garage or garden.
Getting sand off of a wet kite
Ever experienced the pleasure of packing up a wet and sand coated kite? Make sure you dry the pumped up kite as soon as you can. The moist on the kite and in the sand will dry out and the sand can easily be beat of brushed off, make sure you’ve got a vacuum cleaner at hand to keep the girlfriend happy.
Prevent packing up wet kites
You should also try to avoid folding the kite wet, moist can affect the kite’s colours especially if packed away for prolonged periods of time. Moist can also create an environment for mold to grow, which can damage the sewing threads (Mold especially occurs after riding fresh water)
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