Tutorials : The Anatomy of a Stunt Kite
by John Lutter, KiteStop.com
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- The Nose is made of a webbing similar to a car seat belt.
- The Upper Spreader is generally made of carbon fiber rods and "spreads" the top portion of the kite to give it shape. It attachs to the Leading Edge frame by a fitting.
- The Standoff hold the sail away from the Lower Spreader and create the shape of the kite. They connect to the Trailing Edge by clips or connectors.
- The Spine is made of carbon fiber rods and runs from the Nose to the Tail. You can see the spine by looking at the back of the kite.
- The Center-T is the connection point between the two Lower Spreaders and the Spine.
- The Tail secures the Spine to the Trailing Edge it is held by either a strip of velcro or a bungee cord.
- In most larger kites, the leading edge is seperated in two pieces of carbon fiber rods. This top most section is called the Upper Leading Edge.
- In most larger kites, the leading edge is seperated in two pieces of carbon fiber rods. This lower most section is called the Lower Leading Edge.
- The Wingtip is what keeps the sail tensioned on the frame. Most kites use a bungee or rubber o-ring to tension the sail.