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Old 06-09-2021, 10:52 PM   #1
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Any kite fliers out there? Four photos of a few in my collection.
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Old 06-10-2021, 07:45 AM   #2
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Yes. We are fliers and have been for years. The International Kite Festival in Long Beach, WA is a must see. We have been three times. We will be there again the year but not during the festival. We love to fly on the long wide beach.
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Old 06-10-2021, 07:53 AM   #3
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Back yard flier here, need to get them out more.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:08 AM   #4
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I've flown my kite on the beach in Hawaii and Holland Michigan. Also the coast of Oregon and Florida...
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:01 AM   #5
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We haven't made it to the IKF in Long Beach, WA, yet, but it's on my list. I was watching some old video from the Festival, reminiscing about many of the kite makers that have come and gone over the years.

I keep thinking about doing a video of my old kites. I have some that I can't find any information online about the now defunct kite makers.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:11 AM   #6
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I've got a couple parafoil kites we enjoy, especially on our OBX beach vacations. I like the way they 'pull' you. They have no skeleton, you can just fold it up in a little bag.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:21 AM   #7
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This was at IKF two years ago
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These were at along Beach last year, but not during IKF.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:40 AM   #8
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Size of that parafoil, surprised it doesn't lift you right off the beach! Love the sea animal collection all flying together.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:49 AM   #9
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We have two of those. That is the larger one. I had them made by Cobra Kites. I think they are in NJ. If you zoom in you will see that I have a trolly attached the the fabric handle. The kite is tied to the front of my Jeep as it requires 1,200 pound line.

I got the trolly from a zip line company. It makes bringing down the kites much easier. I once had a big kite up and the wind got so strong I could not bring down the kite by myself. I had to enlist the help of a few other flier who I did know.
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picturing your Jeep being dragged down beach with you chasing it, lol. Good story! 1200 lb line, WOW!
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The largest I've flown is a Parafoil 15. I found the easiest way to bring it down, wasn't to try and reel it in, but rather to have the line tied off to something sturdy and walk down the line, bringing the kite down until I could collapse it at ground level.

One of my all-time favorite single line kites was my Conyne-Delta. It would fly in very little wind, and produce a heck of a lot of lift. I dubbed it, "Conyne the Barbarian." There were times when I got that kite into the air, when the breeze was too weak for anything else.
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:29 AM   #12
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We will be in Long Beach at Anderson’s RV Park beginning August 27 for a week. We plan to fly kites on the beach several of those days. Perhaps some Frogs can be there also?
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:32 AM   #13
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I'll be gearing up to leave for OBX. Thanks for reminder to bring kites!
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