Kites We Love!

This Valentine’s Day we wanted to change things up! We decided instead of telling you about a bunch of products that are red and have hearts, we would tell you all about the kites that we LOVE. These kites have genuinely brought some happiness to our lives, whether through family time or just simple serenity. Take a moment to check out some of our favorite kites and the fun ways that we get out to use them.

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Rachel, KHK Head Kite Buyer • “After years of flying all kinds of kites, the triangle-shaped Festive Sky Delta package has become my all-time favorite kite to fly.  It has tails that you can add to it, or just fly it by itself in almost any wind.  My kids love the moving tail and play games trying to catch it!”

Check out this kite HERE!

Kirsten, KHK Store Manager • “I’ve flown hundreds of kites, and the Killip Foil 90 is such a show in its own that is will grab attention for miles – hands down my favorite! It’s soft so there’s no assembly, it flies surprisingly well in a low 6mph wind and with a higher wind you can attach all kinds of fun flair to it, like flags, spinners, streamers, and even large inflatable kites like you see at kite festivals! But don’t let its size intimidate you – that’s the best part! Just make sure it’s always anchored off before you launch and that you have a helping hand for takeoff and landing.”

Check out this kite HERE!

Brett, KHK Digital Marketing • “I love taking my box kite with me to the beach. It’s a good kite for a variety of winds which is perfect on the Outer Banks. The single line design makes it very easy to control. And you can’t beat the design, it will always draw some attention. Overall just a very cool kite, that is tons of fun to watch fly!”

Check out this kite HERE!

 

Heather, KHK Store Manager • “I absolutely love our Nexus Special edition. Not only is a great stunt kite to learn and grow, it’s a great value with all the extra bells and whistles. You get the line and winders, repair kit, tail and a full size extra nylon case. The case is perfect for people like me who don’t want to disassemble their kite all the way. It’s great to have options! It flies like a champ and has a wide wind range. It’s very responsive and has a fantastic wind range. The hardest part of this kite is choosing the color you want.”

This is a special KHK exclusive kite! Check out this kite HERE!

 

Stephen, Graphic Designer • “Ever since the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, my daughter can’t get enough. This kite became the perfect way for us to go out and have fun… and to help bridge her into the Star Wars world! It flies extremely well and is easy to control even for my young daughter. To be honest, it’s just fun to feel like I’m finally flying the Millenium Falcon.”

 

Check out this kite here!

Freaker USA on Shark Tank? Freakin’ Awesome!

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Kitty Hawk Kites has been proudly selling Wilmington, NC based Freaker USA products for several years now in our stores on NC’s Outer Banks, Fort Walton and Destin, FL, and Virginia Beach, VA.

Multiple times a week we here someone walk into one our retail stores, see a Freaker USA display, and immediately strike up a conversation about the company’s appearance on the hit ABC show Shark Tank. This appearance helped put the once small startup on the map, and made Zach Crain, CEO of Freaker USA, a legend.

zach-crain-freaker-usaIf you’re unfamiliar with the show, Shark Tank is an American reality TV series that premiered in August of 2009 with the premise of putting entrepreneur-contestants in front of big name investors in hope of getting one or more of the sharks to invest in their revolutionary idea for a percentage stake in the entrepreneur’s company.

Some of the resident sharks include: real estate tycoon Barbara Corcoran, Canadian businessman and investor Robert Herjavec, FUBU founder Daymond John, Canadian businessman, investor, journalist, writer and financial commentator Kevin O’Leary, and outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Many of the entrepreneurs who appear on Shark Tank never receive an offer from the panel of sharks, and end up leaving the pitch with no potatoes. Will Zach Crain be embraced by the panel of superstar entrepreneurs and receive multiple offers? Or will Mr. Freaker USA himself leave empty handed? Watch the video below to find out!

Beep beep bop beep beep!
(Sorry in advance for the poor video quality and Spanish subtitles.)


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Best Kites For Kids and Children

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Teaching a kid to fly a kite is one of the most entertaining and fun things that you can do as a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, or relative. There’s nothing quite like seeing a child’s face light up when they are able to get their kite of choice dancing around in the sky, swaying back and forth with the wind.

Kitty Hawk Kites boasts one of the largest kite selections in the United States, offering a variety of different kites including stunt kites, power kites, kiteboarding kites, quad line kites… the list goes on. Not every kite is ideal for youngsters who are learning to fly a kite for the first time, so we put together this list of the best kites for kids and children.


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Diamond Kites

One of the most easily-recognizable kites in the world, diamond kites are almost always constructed using one horizontal bar and one vertical bar, which is typically made out of either wood or fiberglass.

Diamond kites are relatively easy to make, and are typically on the lower-end cost wise compared to other single line kites. We usually recommend pairing any diamond kite purchase with a tail, as it helps keep the kite more stable when in the air. Most diamond kites are less than a few feet in height, however there are some exceptions.


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Parafoil Kites

One of the most forgiving kites in terms of durability, parafoil kites can typically be crashed repeatedly into the ground at high speeds without ever causing harm to the kite. Similar to all of the other kites on our list, parafoil kites require just a single line of string.

One of the biggest advantages of what makes parafoil kites so great is that no rods or parts are required to assemble it. Most kids are likely to lose a part here and there, and with a parafoil kite, you don’t have to worry about losing any small, minute parts.

Another great thing about parafoil kites is that they’re super easy to stow away. Most parafoil kites come with a sturdy bag and all you have to worry about is making it fit within the bag… which is typically pretty easy to accomplish.


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Delta Kites

Super easy to fly and fun to watch in the air, delta kites are perfect for children. Delta kites are steady flyers, and can thrive in a wide-array of wind conditions including low wind environments.

These kites have a triangular shape, and are often very colorful. The overall size of a delta kite varies greatly, although we recommend sticking to the lower-end of the spectrum, as the smaller delta kites are typically easier for kids to fly.

Many of our delta kites have a tail built onto the kite – others come with just the kite and no tail. Delta kites are great flyers without a tail, although having one certainly doesn’t hurt!


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Octopus Kites

One of our best sellers for many years, the octopus kite is quite the spectacle once it’s in the air. Octopus kites are typically a singular, bright color and have an attached streamer tail for added stability.

With what we like to call an “out of the bang and into the air design,” octopus kites are super easy to assemble. In fact, there is virtually no assembly required with this single line kite. Kids typically enjoy the movement of the octopus kite, and will really enjoy the bright, bold colors and ease of flying.


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Butterfly Kites

Easy to launch and super fun to fly, butterfly kites are an excellent choice for kids of nearly all ages to fly. Butterfly kites usually feature bold colors and fine-knit details, and can fly in as little as 5 mph of wind and as much as 20 mph of wind.

Unlike parafoil kites, butterfly kites do require some assembly; however putting this kite together won’t take longer than a few minutes. Typically constructed using a fiberglass frame, single line butterfly kites are easy to fly for beginners and fun to fly for almost any age or skill level.

Thanks for checking out our list of the best kites for children and kids! If you ever have any questions about a kites available on our online store or at any of our retail locations, feel free to give us a call at 1-877-FLY-THIS.


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Halloween Must Have Products 2013

Halloween is just around the corner and we know you must be planning for the big costume party or maybe getting the yard ready for all the trick-or-treaters! We’ve been busy collecting all of the must have halloween swag you need for the much loved season of scares!

Here’s the cream of the crop of Halloween ideas from Kitty Hawk Kites:

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Witch On a Bike Wind Spinner – $45.99

 

Peter Pumpkin Wind Spinner - $29.99

Peter Pumpkin Wind Spinner – $29.99

 

Skeleton On Bike - ON SALE - $43.15

Skeleton On Bike – ON SALE – $49.99

 

Jolly Roger Pirate Feather Banner Flag - 49.99

Jolly Roger Pirate Feather Banner Flag – 49.99

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