Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

Flying kites is an art form. Those who think it’s just for kids, have obviously never tried it either as kids or adults. It’s not some ridiculous staring at a kite up there in the sky until your neck gets stiff and your arms get sore, it’s much more imaginative than that. To them I just want to say, ‘Have some imagination, people!’

Where would the world be without imagination? Would we have gone to the moon? Or achieved all these amazing things like discovering electricity or inventing the Internet? Flying kites sounds banal, but when you try it and feel the exhilaration, you will find that you’re wrong. It’s actually very addicting. Not to the point of being dangerous, though, don’t worry.

There is one downside to it and that is its dependence on the weather. Sometimes here in Australia, it rains for days on end, like this week, and I’m practically unable to do anything with my kite, but stare at it. I’m a little bummed on those days, but I try to keep myself occupied. I’m either making new kites or repairing some old ones, but I also like doing other non-kite related things, like tending to my garden or reading the newspaper and doing crosswords.

Last time it was this rainy I got so frustrated that I started fixing things around the house. First I fixed two squeaky steps on the stairs, and then I spent hours checking our tankless water heater for mechanical faults, because it kept overheating. Finally, I fixed it and I felt very pleased with myself. But these days there’s nothing left to fix around the house, so maybe I’ll try reading a book. I have a lot of them stacked on my shelves but I rarely read them. Maybe today is the day.

My ultimate goal is to participate in The Festival of the Winds. I go see the shows every year but I’ve never been a participant. I think I’ll need to put together a team and make a spectacular kite, but I haven’t found the right idea for it yet, plus, making a gigantic kite and really nailing it takes up a lot of time and you can’t do it alone. Most of my kite flying friends do it recreationally and aren’t really interested in participating in The Festival of the Winds, but it’s fine. On rainy days like this, I have enough time to figure it out!

Tough Crowd on the Beach Last Night

Nothing is more fun than flying kites at the beach with all the glorious scenery around. What is better than sand, sky, and water. Nothing is less fun, however, than encountering a drunken brawl on the sand. I can attest to this for a fact since this is what happened to me last week. I was out with friends enjoying the weather at the shore, when a group of strangers approached from the back. They started arguing among themselves and soon it was a veritable melee. We tried to avoid them but they drew close, ostensibly hoping to bait us and expand the fight. I have always had horrors about what can happen at the beach in the late afternoon and I have thought about a self defense weapon that isn’t a gun, like these: https://www.selfdefenseguide.org/. When there is beer or liquor, there is trouble. The beach brings out the beast in some men.

I have acquired a stun gun and know how to use it. It works at a range of up to 15 feet so if you see trouble coming, you can nip it in the bud. I know that it inflicts enough pain to immobilize a wild and crazy guy for a minute or two while you take off in the opposite direction. If you like to take risks, you can enter the riot and use your fists. Knowing the thugs that roam the beach, I wouldn’t advise it.

I didn’t have to counterattack last night and had the good fortune to have some tough friends along. Their size alone was a deterrent. When they saw my stun gun, they turned and fled. I have used the weapon once before years ago and have always carried it with me. I tuck it into a jean pocket or in the little one sewn inside my swim trunks. It gives me a feeling of safety to know it is there. I have never studied a martial art so that could not help me out in a pinch.

I was irritated that my friends and I had to stop flying kites early because of the small unruly mob. As we packed up to leave, I could see them in the distance harassing another group around a firepit. I felt sorry for them and wondered if any carried pepper spray or a stun gun. Shouting and yelling doesn’t help on the beach. No one hears you and most people are too far away to intercede. I took a last look as I started the car and could see two separate groups forming sides. A fight was looming in the distance, but I had to get away. I don’t like to look trouble in the face. I stashed my kite in the back of my van and sped off. The next meeting of my kite group was far better. Kids and families populated the sand and no drunkards were in site.

DIY repairs

Flying a kite is an exuberant experience. You literally put your entire body into it as you run like mad, as fast as you can go, with the wind. This can take its toll on delicate clothing. My kite club members and I have an assortment of holes in our t-shirts, some of which are our favorites, and we don’t want to toss them away. We having matching club shirts that we wear on numerous occasions. Those get the most damage. There are a lot of DIY repairs to be made, but not all of us are handy with a basic needle and threat. You would think so owning kites that can get torn! Some resort to sewer’s tape for the clothing, or the kites. We decided we needed to do a proper job of it so it wouldn’t look hand done and unsightly. We vowed to look for a heavy duty sewing machine. This way, we could patch holes in our kites as well, something we really care about. You can always get new t-shirts. Good kites, that’s another matter. Especially the ones we have made ourselves. We have a soft spot in our hearts for them. We are not going to let them go quietly into the sky to an undeserved death. No, we are going to recycle them to the nth degree.

So where do you get a cheap sewing machine. Well, you can ask your mother. But mine said flatly “no.” The same was said by Aunt Sue and grandma. They treasure there old Singer machines. They’ve used them for thirty or forty years. You can go to a used furniture store, a Good Will center, or look at ads in the paper or on line. I discovered dozens that way. The question is, which one would I like. It had to be in good serviceable condition. I might DIY my clothes, but I haven’t a clue about fixing a sewing machine. If you had to take it to a professional shop, that would add considerably to the base price. So I had to be able to see the machine in person and get a first-hand demonstration. I wouldn’t operate it myself since I was going to learn as I go. I had to trust the former owner that the machine was workable and no parts were missing. So I would buy a cheap sewing machine based first on price (now I had a good conception of what it should be with no necessary repairs), second, on appearance, and third, on the demonstration that would have to be to my satisfaction using fabrics similar to those found in kites.

I did spend a few Saturday afternoons in my search but it was well worth the effort. I had to drive here and there to find some local machines for sale that fit my criteria. Eureka. I was successful. I found a couple to choose from and selected the one from the person I trusted the most. Easy!

Early Warning System

My kite club has a power inverter they like to use when they’re out flying kites so that they can power a laptop to get weather conditions on it. It is like a mini generator that uses one source to power another. An early warning we heard about on the Internet helped us avoid an ugly storm a month or so ago. It could have been dicey up there in the wild blue yonder and we wouldn’t have had a clue. We could have had a jumble of messed up, torn to shred kites.

Fortunately, a club member with a power inverter in his car thought enough to bring it along so we could get the heads up on the weather. We had been told a storm was brewing the day before (we always like to check that out regularly), but a lot of times these ephemeral things just don’t materialize. We needed an actual bona fide update. With our club inverter, we could power his laptop and get real time reports. If we had been lazy about it, we would not have been able to avoid the coming storm. We were able to pack up our kites and gear in no time flat and make tracks for home.

The AIMS Power 7000 watt heavy duty power inverter he owns converts 24 volt dc to 240vac. This single phase power inverter is truly one of kind in case you are in the market. Currently this power inverter is being used in many different applications around the globe—not just in our little kite club. If you need a reliable source of 240Vac power, this dc to ac power inverter is the right choice for you, as it is for us.

Due to the design of this inverter, it has the ability to handle 240V AC well pumps that are run off grid. There are not many solutions available to supply power for water in remote areas. The AIMS Power 7000 watt 24 volt to 240v power inverter is built tough for daily use so the brochure says. You can count on this inverter, it is one of the most reliable 240V single phase inverters produced.

Also, this inverter is a truly global inverter as it has the ability to output either 60 Hz or 50 Hz. The model comes equipped with a select-able frequency switch making it ideal for European and African applications where 50 Hz is needed. I don’t think our club has such a trip planned, but we could if we wanted to! I was impressed enough to make mention of it.

Keep in mind if you need a split phase inverter, this unit will not support two legs of 120V AC. It will only run 240V devices, so if you need to support appliances or pumps in your off-grid house that run on 240V, this inverter will work great for you.

Perfect Day Today

A day under the blue skies of summer is pure bliss. No wonder we are poised for action the moment the first day of summer comes. And it can’t be too soon. All spring long, you wait for those glorious moments that only kite flying in summer can bring. You guessed my passion! You bask in the sun and take in the surrounding vista, all while sailing your favorite kite. There is never a day that isn’t perfect for such an endeavor. When you have several choices of location, it isn’t hard to find the ideal one that fits your current mood. On this particular day in question that I care to share with you, I had an entire day at my leisure disposal. That is a rare treat. No work commitments, no errands, no family obligations, not even walking the dog. I was ready for a great day of flying kites with friends. We decided to pair the outing with a nice group picnic. I spend the early morning making sandwiches and a batch of ice cold homemade lemonade, which I was going to bring along in my portable cooler along with the lunch fare. I even baked some chocolate chip cookies in keeping with the carefree atmosphere of the upcoming day. They smelled divine.

And a perfect day it was. Hours flew by quickly as we indulged in our favorite pastime. It seemed way too soon that we had to pack it all up and head home. The first chore was to rinse out the messy cooler in my over-sized kitchen sink. Fortunately, I had a convenient Moen pull-down faucet to take care of the job. It was a housewarming gift from mom. It featured Reflex: A technological innovation created based on input from actual pull down faucet users, this feature, the hallmark of the faucet, is made to work the way you do. Featuring exceptional range of motion, the spray wand swivels to optimize maneuverable range. Only pulldown faucets with the Reflex system will retract back to the docked position from any distance without assistance. Compared to other pulldown designs, Reflex also makes the spray head up to 40% easier to unlatch. I also love the spot resistant finish so fingerprints and water spots are not permanent fixtures on your beautiful faucet. When you have big things to rinse like a cooler, it is nice that the faucet has pause buttons that allow the home owner to interrupt the water flow while moving the spout outside the sink. The functionality makes these faucets ideal for watering plants, filling large pots and cleaning up.

Thanks to mom, I took care of the cooler in no time flat and I was off to more important matters: sending photos of my glorious kite flying day out on Instagram and Facebook. I hope to encourage more people to enjoy similar days. Once they see the pics, they will know why I am absolutely hooked.

I’m Getting Old

Why buy an inversion table? To relieve back pain—relax muscles, rejuvenate disks and reduce pressure; ease stress—relieve tension in shoulders, neck and back; increase flexibility–improve functional fitness for an active and healthy lifestyle; and build core strength—strengthen target muscles with special inversion exercises. They say a daily routine will really keep your back in shape. Why am I touting an inversion table so heavily? Because I just bought one. Isn’t it human nature to justify big expenditures so we feel good about them and don’t regret the money spent? In my case, I feel it is definitely worthwhile. I had been having some back soreness. Maybe a few kite runs pulled it this way and that. I decided to visit a chiropractor, thinking I just might be getting old. Ha! Not quite. And if he tells me I am, I will never stop flying kites. It is just a figure of speech. I have the back of an older person, hopefully just temporarily. He suggested a program of inversion exercises with a professional; and if this was going to be a regular occurrence, I should get my own table. This was an easy decision because the store allows you to try the table out at no charge for two weeks. You can return it or keep it as you like.

After the two weeks, I was feeling pretty fit. Even after the first few days, I was sensing immediate results. After a long day of sitting at the computer, for example, I was building up stress in my lower back. The inversion exercises helped to melt that stress away. Having been experiencing recurrent bouts of lower back pain, this was good news indeed. I noticed an improvement in my overall well-being. When the pain returned here and there, I would hop on an inversion table for another session. It worked. No wonder people laud this new approach to physical fitness. It doesn’t take long to learn the exercises and you only need a pro with you in the beginning to make sure you are doing it right. Once you are sure you won’t injure yourself, you can be on your own in the privacy of your own home, wherever you decide the place the table. It could be the garage, the rec room, the spare bedroom, the patio outside. It is wise to make sure it is covered from the elements and you can always use a big tarp. If you use it daily, for chronic back problems, you should have it pretty handy.

Inversion is a new science that is not completely known or understood as yet. Putting your body in certain reverse positions seems ingenious. The spine is a tricky area and I am sure a lot of thought has gone into this invention. When on the table doing the required moves I can practically feel my spinal column go “aah.” It was a hundred and fifty dollars very well spent.

All About Kite Buggying


All About Kite BuggyingThere’s kite flying, and then there’s kite buggying. It is one of my favorite things to do, and here’s why:

  • It’s like driving a car or a boat, but with kite power. Most kite buggies are three-wheeled The driver uses his feet to steer the front wheel in the direction he wants to go and uses his hands to control the kite.
  • Some people can go pretty fast. I’ve heard of people going 100 km/h or more. I haven’t quite hit there yet but it is a definite goal.
  • Buggy jumping. You strap yourself in, generate as much lift as you can and then up you go!

Ok. So now you’re interested, right? Of course you are. And you should be, because it’s awesome. Here’s some other stuff you need to know:

  1. The kites you need aren’t just regular old kites. They’re called traction kites, and you should already be pretty good flying a kite before you even head out there. A good place to start is a 4 line kite between 3 to 4 m. Keep in mind that there are no brakes on the buggy, and that’s what you need the lines on the kite for. With 4 lines, you get two for braking and two for steering. That’s just good math.
  2. There are two main types of buggies: freestyle or racer. Freestyle tends to be lighter and smaller, while racing buggies have a wider base and are built for stability. I recommend testing out a quality one in both styles before purchasing one; sometimes you can do this at kite buggy festivals.
  3. There is room for lots of customizations. More (or less) wheels, changing the width of the axel to add stability, different tires for different terrain, and adjusting the downtube, will all give different results. Before messing with any of this stuff, learn what they do.
  4. You probably should at least wear a helmet. You are riding in a vehicle unequipped with brakes. They also make harnesses, which can make life easier, more comfortable, and safer, but I’ll leave that up to you.
  5. If you are going to be kite buggying on the beachor any other public place, make sure you have the right to be there. Usually, this involves permits. If you are part of a kite flyer’s association, they may already have one and then all you have to do is follow the instructions on the permit, which is pretty straightforward. Typically it tells you the area you can operate in, how far you have to be from other people, whether you can mark off an area to alert people to what you’re doing so they can safely avoid you, and that any crash between you and people is going to be your fault so just expect it.Basically what I am telling you is to check the rules of your location before you go kite buggying, learn those rules, and then actually follow them. One big jerk can ruin it for all of us. Don’t be a big jerk.
  6. Now that you’re interested, click hereor here and get yourself started.

You are welcome.


A beautiful balmy day. There is a slight bit of wind arising. You better believe that the kite flyers are out in droves. Everyone has a favorite spot whether it is the beach or a nearby park. What is the great attraction? Probably being outdoors enjoying the weather and a bit of personal rest and relaxation. It is also the challenge of getting that thing in the air, and keeping it afloat. It takes a bit of skill. It also depends on the type of kite, in other words, its design. There are a million varieties. I like to take a few with me and see what works best under the circumstances. I hope you would say I am beyond the novice stage. While I venture into kite boarding and kite buggying, sometimes I like the good old fashioned type, you know, the kind kids use. I know kids who build their own and I am proud of them. That can be something to master; but when you are successful and the thing is buoyant in the air, there is a special kind of pride.

A friend of mine and I went out together to fly something he had personally crafted. This might give you a good laugh. We elected to try a little experimentation. We took along a large portable electric fan to see if it would help control the kite better. No kidding! This seems implausible, but there may be some science to it. You can imagine that we got many stares from startled kite fans. A few ventured up to ask what on earth did we have in mind? It was a nice way to meet some new people.

You may be thinking about power but we had that figured out. We took along a small generator so we didn’t have to worrying about where to plug the thing in. I don’t know the physics of what we were doing, but amazingly, I do think the outdoor floor fan helped get the kite moving in the right direction. It wasn’t that there was no wind that day, there was. It was in the interest of pure experimentation. Heaven knows who came up with the idea first, but we were collaborators in this venture together. We had a fun day moving the fan about and placing it near to the kite as it began to sail away. We at the very least had a good story to tell.

When we got home, we realized that we had left the fan in the park. Yikes! After all our efforts, we had to get it back. We drove in a frenzy hoping it would still be there and that no one made off with it in the hopes that they would have similar luck. But alas. It was safe and sound. As we approached the spot, we did have one person ask if he could borrow it. Our experimentation seemed to have some new takers.

So Embarrassing

This blog is about casual footwear and the reasons for choosing a particular kind. Let me explain. I always wears socks and sneakers while flying kites on the beach, believe it or not, which I hate because of the sand, but I am afraid to wear sandals or go bare foot lest someone see the horrible truth right before their very eyes. I have a case of good old-fashioned common enough toenail fungus. I can think of worse things to have, but it is right there staring you in the face in all its yellow black ugly glory. In case you have never had it, it has an unpleasant odor and appearance. Your nails go dark. I personally don’t go around looking at people’s feet. I fly kites and that gives me something better to do with my time. But I know, self-conscious that I am, that someone is no doubt looking at mine. It’s so embarrassing when you are discovered and the condition is revealed. Okay, I may not be the only person on earth who has contracted this malady, but I may well be the only beach kite flyer who has. Just kidding! Surely someone else is in the same boat.

So I am going to stick with the cumbersome footwear I have chosen to hide my condition: socks and sneakers. I hate when the sand gets inside and it inevitably does. Then when I get home and shake out my shoes and socks, it gets all over the place. I have to get out the vacuum and spend all kinds of time I don’t have cleaning up. I really, really prefer sandals. Yes, a lot of it has to do with looks. Going without footwear is the inevitable option except that when I run with my kind in the sand, I sometimes trip over some kid’s abandoned toy.

I am on a search right now to find a cure for toenail fungus. I am going to nip this problem in the bud right now. I am going to get rid of the socks and sneakers for sure. I bought some sort of paint-on topical treatment at the drugstore, but got no satisfactory or immediate results. Then I went online. There is oddly enough quite a bit in print on the subject. Experts say to go to the dermatologist and get a prescription. That seems excessive and expensive. One said you need a liver test before you qualify. So I looked for home remedies. There were abundant choices.

I found everything from a sticky balm to a liniment you can whip up in the kitchen. All you need is some vinegar, some bleach, some camphor, and a few essential oils to mask the odor. You can give your homemade brew your personal touch and scent. Plus, some essential oils like lemon are curative. Needless to say, I was not thrilled with the smelly results. I think I will give that drugstore treatment one more shot.

Kite Flying Tips for Beginners

First, the obvious step: choosing a kite. Don’t go for something huge and flashy if you have no idea what you’re doing. Pick a good beginner’s kite. If you aren’t sure, try a kite store or look around online. They make easy-flyer kites, so those are a good choice if you see ‘em. They have tails attached and usually are in a diamond or delta shape (think stingray). The bigger they are, the harder they will pull, so keep that in mind. Try a single line kite to start, it will be a lot easier. Check the line recommendation if you’re going to be giving the kite to a child. If it recommends line stronger than 20ish kg, I would look for something with a little less muscle. Let’s not scar anybody for life here.

OK, once you’ve found your perfect kite, you may have to assemble it. I can’t help you here, that’s what the instructions are for! Maybe you’ll get one preassembled, who knows. Whatever you like.

Next, let’s get that baby in the air.

Here is a shocking tip I tell everyone who wants to learn how to fly a kite: don’t run with the kite. I don’t know where that crap started but please don’t do it. It can make the kite unstable and you’re likely to trip because where are you looking? Either at the kite behind you, so you run into something or at the terrain in front of you and the kite gets caught on something. It’s dumb. Don’t do it.

Instead, go outside in a nice open area with winds around 10 km/h and you should be fine. You may want to bring a buddy (or help a kid) the first couple of times. The flyer holds the string (this is important. Really hold it. Seriously. I have seen parents go out and within the first five minutes have a screaming kid because somebody didn’t expect the line to move or whatever, it gets knocked out of their hand and bye bye kite). Stand with the wind at your back, and the other person holds the kite facing you so that they are also facing the wind. Have them walk backwards while you unravel around 20 m of string. Wait for a gust, then signal your kite holder to let go. If you pull on the string, and your buddy lets go at the right time, the kite should go right up. Make sure the wind is always blowing from the direction of the kite flyer TOWARD the kite. Releasing more string will make the kite fly higher, but be careful—sometimes the string isn’t actually attached to the bridle and then bye bye kite. So there’s that to look forward to.

To get the kite back in, reel it back in gently.

And that’s it, how you get a kite up in the air. Once you’ve got this mastered, you can experiment with different styles of kites and more lines.


Kite Festivals Around Australia

One of my favorite things to do is attend kite festivals. It’s always a nice day to be outside with other kite enthusiasts, take some time to admire other kites or maybe pick up a few pointers, and just enjoy this great hobby. I recommend these kinds of events to everyone, even if you’ve never put a kite in the air. There are so many colorful kites to see, new people to meet, and activities for the whole family that it is worth the trip no matter what!

There are loads of kite festivals around Australia, but here are a few that you might find of interest:

The Adelaide Kite Festival, located at Semaphore Beach, is held annually and is typically over Easter weekend. They had a photographer at the festival this past year and his pictures were amazing.

Less than an hour outside of Melbourne, the Rosebud Kite Festival held somewhere around the middle of March, had a land kiting demo this past year with kites so big they needed to be anchored to vehicles. They also had kite buggying for the first time!

There’s also the newer (this year was the first year) Murray Bridge Kite Festival. This kid-friendly event took place at the end of April this year, had a lot of community involvement, and hopefully will become an annual event.

Festival of the Winds at Bondi has been a part of the Australian Kiteflyers Society’s activities for 38 years. Held in early to mid-September, the Festival of the Winds is the largest kite festival in all of Australia. It attracts kite flyers of all levels and pros from all over the world. This colourful event has kite making workshops and children’s rides. This is kite festivals at its best, and honestly, if you only get to attend one, make it this one. It is amazing. I have been going on and off for a few years and it is always a bit of a heartbreak when I can’t make it.

The first Gold Cost International Festival of Kites was held at the Kirra Foreshore at the end of this past September. This was a well-organized festival lasting two days, and I certainly hope it continues every year so that I can make one or two.

In mid-October, there is the Brisbane Kite Festival, hosted at Murarrie Recreation Ground. This event, sponsored by local Rotary Clubs, the Phoenix Kite Collective, and the city council, typically attracts about 2000 people. I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than eating good food and flying my kite alongside a pro!

The Marulan Kite Festival, at the end of October, will be held at Tony Onions Park. They are having a Children’s Pet Show, a vintage car display, as well as a cake and cookie competition. Seriously. Kites, cakes, and cookies. What’s better than that?

Those are some of the biggest and best kite festivals in the area, but there are always more. Local kiting associations likely will put on more events worth checking out throughout the year, so pull up your local group’s calendar to see what is happening in your area.

Kite Flying Safety

Kite Flying Safety

The Kiting Associations of Australia were clever enough to develop an acronym to create a mental safety checklist.

C stands for conditions. Know the weather conditions before you head out. It sounds silly to say this but know what the weather is anticipated to be like before you go out and put any kind of kite in the air. This is probably the number one rule of kite safety. You can’t just look out your window, see the sun and think you are set.  Unfortunately, the weather can turn on you quickly and you are pretty vulnerable out there, especially because the safe, flat open spaces best for kite flying become dangerous locations in a storm. The last thing you want to do is become a giant lightning rod. A good resource is the Windfinder website, where you can find everything from temperature and weather conditions to wind direction, high and low tide, and air pressure. The Bureau of Meteorology has a pretty good website as far as putting out warnings on weather conditions and the like. Trust your gut, too. Even if you’ve been given the all clear by weather reports, if you think conditions are starting to turn, pack it in. Also, for heaven’s sake, don’t use metal lines or any metal in your kite.

L is for look. Just pay attention out there. Operate in a safe area that is free of things like powerlines, trees, and away from airports. Make sure there aren’t giant holes in the ground you can stumble into and hurt yourself. Stay alert to your surroundings. Be aware of people, because they will likely be looking up at the kite and not at you. They might come too close and risk injury if the wind were to suddenly change. Also, check behind you every once in awhile. It sounds like common sense but everything can go out the window once your kite is in the air, because that’s all you want to focus on. Don’t.

stands for equipment. Check your gear before you go. Make sure the kite is in good condition for flying without any rips or tears, and be sure that the lines aren’t tangled or fraying. If you’re going to tether yourself to anything, be sure you have a quick release option and KNOW HOW TO USE IT. Practice til it is instinct because if you need to use it you will likely be panicky. You want to be able to do and not think. Be sure you know what the limitations set by the manufacturer of your equipment are. Those warnings are NOT suggestions, as much as I’d like them to be.

is to remind you to have a good attitude. People are going to be interested when they see a cool kite in the air. Be polite but above all, be safe and remember that you are responsible for their safety. If you are still learning, listen to more experienced kite flyers if they are trying to correct or guide you.

stands for respect. Respect the area that you are in, especially public spaces. Other people want to enjoy the beach or the park or the nice day as well, and you need to be courteous. Respect the air space of other kite flyers and follow all right of way rules. Be respectful of the environment. Don’t trample flowers, litter, or make a general nuisance of yourself.

For additional safety information, check out this handy list.

Favorite Kite Flying Locations

What makes a location good for kite flying? It’s a pretty good question and hopefully you will be able to find a good location using the tips below:

First, the things you want to stay away from:

  • power lines.
  • airports and flight paths.
  • trees or other things that like to “eat” kites like snarly thorn bushes and dogs.
  • Roads.
  • Locations packed full of people/vehicles/animals so that kite flying would be a nuisance.
  • tall buildings that will block the wind.

Yes I am aware that rules out a lot of places. But you’ll avoid damaging your kite and other people’s property, while also avoiding interfering with planes, being run over, electrocution, and breaking the law. So you’re welcome for that.

And now on to the things you should look for:

  • A wide, open space with enough room for you to fly.
  • Somewhere with good wind access
  • A space free of anything you’re afraid the kite might crash into and break/damage (windows, vehicles, and that sort of thing).

I’m not as lucky as some people in that I don’t have access to a lot of land where I live, and the land that is around tends to have lots of trees or people or roads too close by, so I travel around to fly my kite. I don’t mind, but that does mean I prefer sites that have amenities because I’m planning to hang out there for a good bit of time. Personally, I am a fan of flying kites on beaches because you’re close to the water, there are usually facilities there for eating/drinking/restrooms and parking.  I went to the Coolum Kite Festival a few years back and got pretty hooked on flying out by Stumers Creek. It’s a beautiful place to spend a slightly windy day. Parking isn’t too bad, either. The only thing you have to watch is dogs. Usually, safety is the concern of both fliers and dog owners, but hey, dogs want to swim too, and sometimes they get excited. So you’ve been warned.

I also really like Pelican Park. Free parking is something I can always get behind, first of all. The field is grassy and the water is right there next to you, something else that I love, especially if I don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of beach sand for whatever reason that day. I don’t typically have any trouble with the winds when I am there, either. I can fly for awhile, sit in the shade if I get too hot, use the facilities and get back up in the air without having to leave the site.

If you are just getting started kite flying, you should check out the Kite Map site. They have great kite flying locations all over the globe that works with google maps, so you can really see the area if you’re unfamiliar with it. You also get all the weather information you could possibly need right there on the site, too. They will let you know if any kite flying associations fly there and if so, when they meet. You’ll also find out what the parking situation is (always good to know, especially if it costs money).

What about you? Where do you like to fly?