Care & Maintenance
Kites are normally being used in conditions that would be extremely bad for any kind of product. Sand, salt water and wind. Peter Lynn kites have been manufactured with advanced materials and construction methods, to ensure carefree fun for a long time.
By taking little effort, you can make sure your kite equipment stays in top condition and is safe to use, whether on land or on the water. There are a few easy things to do to prolong the life of your kite:

Secure your kite on the beach correctly when not in use.

When stopping for a short period of time, it is good to make sure no part of the kite is flapping in the wind. When flying a bridled foil bring the kite down and use a groundstake to secure the handles. Make sure there is sufficient tension on the rear lines to keep the kite down, but also sufficient tension on the top lines to keep the leading edge of the kite up so the fabric is still slightly under tension and does not flap in the wind. Place some sand on the trailing edge so the kite cannot slide over the ground which wears down the fabric.
In strong winds, it is better to pack up the kite as sand flying across the beach will wear down the fabric and coating in the long term.

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Twinskins:

Fold your kite in two. A lot of people leave the kite on the beach with some sand on one tip, with the other tip flapping in the wind. This will affect the quality of your fabric in the long term. It is better to fold the kite in two and place some sand on the tip you just folded over. You can open up the deflation zipper, so that the kite will automatically be deflated.

When stopping for a longer period of time, we would recommend you to clean up the kite. UV-rays damage any kind of kite fabric in the long term, and when your kite is packed away it cannot be accidentally damaged by other riders on the beach either.

Storing your kite dry and clean

Make sure your kite is dry before storing it. When your kite got wet after a crash on the water, rinse it off with some tap water. Always hang it out to dry before storing it.

Cleaning your material

Regularly clean your equipment with tap water especially when your equipment has gotten wet due to contact with salt water. Clean it with a cloth and some tap water.

Special attention should go to your control bar; after every session you should rinse it off with tap water to remove any sand and salt. The centre hole should be clean to ensure the depower rope doesn’t wear out.

For Twinskin kites, also pay special attention to the compact sticks. They should be regularly cleaned, this prevents them from getting corroded. If possible, clean them after every time they have been in contact with salt water. Rinse them with some tap water, especially the connection pieces.

 

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Removing sand from your kite

When you get some sand in your kite you can easily take it out. Check this regularly, as sand inside the kite reduces the kites performance and increases wear.