The air pressure inside the inner struts must be enough for the kite to keep its shape. Inflate the struts until they are firm and not easily bent. The leading edge bladder should be firmer than the struts. Pump until it becomes hard to use the pump but be careful not to over inflate the bladder since this could cause a blow out. Also, leaving the kite in direct hot sun will cause the bladders to increase in size. This can pop the bladder inside. For extended periods of non-use while being left in the sun decrees air pressure. Never sink or recess the valve into the struts and bladder. Hold the valve erect as you pump to prevent the valve from shifting and changing position while pumping air into the kite.
Do not allow water or sand inside of the bladder, it is very difficult to get out. If you do get water or sand inside, place the kite upside down while it is inflated, so all foreign matter is resting near valve. Then release valve and allow the sand or water to blow out. Continue as needed.
Avoid exposing the pump, open valves or inner tubes to sand and salt water. Watch out for sharp objects or thorns when laying out the kite for inflation. Avoid leaving the kite flapping in the wind for extended periods.
When not in use the kite must be placed upside down with the leading edge towards the wind with a board or sand on top to keep the kite from blowing away. Please review the photos to the right for the sail flip and securing procedure. Use plenty of weight to lock your kite down and to keep it from blowing away. See securing kite photos to the right and below.