Arc kite

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The arc kite or twinskin kite is a type of traction kite designed and patented by Peter Lynn
Peter Lynn
Peter Lynn is a New Zealand kitemaker, engineer and inventor. He is notable for his construction of the world's largest kites , giant inflatable display kites , the popularisation of kite buggying and contributions to the development of power kiting and kitesurfing...

. It is a very stable, safe and secure type of powerkite. It can be used for all kinds of kite powered sports, for example: Kiteboarding, Landboarding or Snowkiting
Snowkiting
Snowkiting is an outdoor winter sport where people use kite power to glide on snow or ice. The sport is similar to kitesurfing, but with the footwear used in snowboarding or skiing. In the early days of snowkiting, foil kites were the most common type; nowadays some kitesurfers use their water gear...

. The shape of the kite is similar to a C shaped leading edge inflatable kite
Leading edge inflatable kite
A leading edge inflatable kite or LEI is a single skin kite with inflatable bladders providing structure. It is useful as a power or traction kite. These kites are flown using 2, 4 or 5 control lines and a bar. A LEI is a great kite for water use because the inflated bladders cause it to float on...

. However, the construction is similar to a foil kite
Foil kite
Foil kites are soft kites based on the design of the parafoil. They consist of a number of cells running fore to aft, some or all of which are open at the front to allow air to inflate the kite so it takes on an aerofoil section...

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History

  • 1999-2000 S-Arc
  • 2002 F-Arc
  • 2003 Guerilla & Phantom
  • 2004 Bomba & Guerilla II
  • 2005 Venom
  • 2006 Venom II & Vortex
  • 2007 Scorpion
  • 2008 Synergy
  • 2009 Charger

Styles


Depending on the specific style of the kite its suitable better for different usages, however, each of the kites can be used on all terrain.

Land based kites (highest aspect ratio
Aspect ratio (wing)
In aerodynamics, the aspect ratio of a wing is essentially the ratio of its length to its breadth . A high aspect ratio indicates long, narrow wings, whereas a low aspect ratio indicates short, stubby wings....

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Kites which are not as easy to water relaunch, but have better depower and upper wind range.
  • Phantom
  • Scorpion

Water based high aspect ratio


Better low wind performance,
  • F-Arc
  • Guerila I & Guerilla II
  • Venom I & Venom II
  • Synergy
  • Charger