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Title: Lone Kiters
Post by: Hal on July 19, 2009, 04:37 PM
How many others out there are the "Lone Kiter" in their area?  Not a whole lot of kite interest here I'm afraid.  A few folks that bought a kite on a beach vacation and fly it occasionally.  It is a good feeling to see the SLK's in the air, or recognizing that you are improving on dual or quad kites, but it takes some of the fun out when you are the only one out on the field.  It's much more fun to share with other kiters, makes going a long way to a kite festival worth while.  GWTW and other forums really help those of us in the outback.  Thanks Steve, Ken, Dave, John and the others that sponsor the various kite forums.


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: DWayne on July 19, 2009, 06:27 PM
No kite fliers in my area.
The up side is, no crowds on the field.
The down side is.................
Is there a down side?

Denny


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: Moe on July 19, 2009, 06:44 PM
Tough to learn from other people when... there are no other people.  Which is a pretty big down side, IMO.  Particularly when you're starting out.

Once you're "experienced", it's probably less of an issue, but I can certainly say, as a newbie, it'd be great to have other fliers around.


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: King-J on July 19, 2009, 07:10 PM
I'm always the lone kiter in the fields I fly in my area, almost never the only person in the field and I always get the curious visitors to ooh and aw on my flying, although I have allot to learn yet, does make it hard to learn from the more experienced, I try to get to the monthly Chico fly to fly and learn from some very talented flyer's there.
I have a numerous times been pushed out, off a field :( by a group showing up to play Soccer or ball, I think some of them or all of them don't realize the room it sometimes takes to do stunts with a kite, if there was more of use out in the field they would find another field.


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: sbrown on July 19, 2009, 07:31 PM
I regularly drive 2 hours each way to fly with other people.


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: browndude3649 on July 19, 2009, 07:40 PM
I'm a loner kiter in my area. I was at the MArinaGreen SF today and yeah it was packed with picnics. Worse i lost or somebody picked up my custom stake i bought of a member. Bummer dude.
Soemtimes its better by yourself


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: DWayne on July 19, 2009, 08:17 PM
Tough to learn from other people when... there are no other people.  Which is a pretty big down side, IMO.  Particularly when you're starting out.

Once you're "experienced", it's probably less of an issue, but I can certainly say, as a newbie, it'd be great to have other fliers around.

Download randyg's tutorials onto your ipod and you'll never have to fly alone again. And he's a really good teacher too.  ;)

Denny


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: 50flyer on July 20, 2009, 02:45 AM
I've always flown alone. I've been flying a the city park for years and never have seen anyone else flying a stunk kite.
I have 3 soccer fields to myself.

Bob M.


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: ezme6 on July 20, 2009, 04:25 AM
I fly in a hayfield, not a soul in sight. Go to the beach, lots of people but no kiters.


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: RobB on July 20, 2009, 04:32 AM
Tough to learn from other people when... there are no other people.  Which is a pretty big down side, IMO.  Particularly when you're starting out.

Once you're "experienced", it's probably less of an issue, but I can certainly say, as a newbie, it'd be great to have other fliers around.

Download randyg's tutorials onto your ipod and you'll never have to fly alone again. And he's a really good teacher too.  ;)

Denny

Funny thing... Randy says that he flies alone most of the time... How did he get so freakin' good ?!?


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: thief on July 20, 2009, 08:01 AM
i have always preferred to fly solo....
more fun for me....
this started though because i worked the shops field station for 3 years...and everyone knew that they could come and ask for my help....and they still do years later.......

fly for me.....simple.....


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: indigo_wolf on July 20, 2009, 10:41 AM
Lots of pedestrians or nomads on the field tripping over lines and generally getting in the way of moving kites but then maybe the kite flyer who has been there flying for 5 hours could give a little too..  it is a public park. 

As some soccer/"ultimate" game seem to run well in excess of 5 hours at some parks.... errr ummm exactly how public are they?  Too many times it seems like one way traffic on a two-way road  :( 

Last year, I was flying at the local field.... I was there for about 30 minutes, when a father and his son (high school age) stepped out on the field and slowly proceeded to take over the entire field. I downed my kite and patiently waited as I sipped my iced tea.  In very short order, it became very apparent, that the father was not up to chasing any passes that went wide, and they settled into kicking the ball back and forth in a space about 1/8 of the area that they had originally claimed.... and I capped the iced tea and went back to flying my kite.

Sharing field space, pretty much like the high speed merge, seems like a lost art... way too often.

Now, get me going on the yahoos driving their cars (at SPEED) on the fields at CSP, because they're are too lazy to carry stuff to the picnic tables (even though they have a fully family complement with them to carry stuff)...  >:(

Sorry... I guess haven't taken my soapbox out enough recently.  ???   ;)

ATB,
Sam


Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: inewham on July 21, 2009, 12:19 AM
Not really thinking about the father and son here but I often hear grumbling about soccer players - I don't know if its the same where you are but where my son plays his team manager has to book time slots so when they get to their pitch, yes they will try and push out anyone who is on there already. Even if they don't run late the next team will be there 10 Mins early trying to move them on. So I understand where they're coming from.

Lets face facts I can always find a bit of field not on a pitch, and regardless of who gets there first its selfish for 1 person to expect 22+ to sit and wait while he fly's a kite.  ::)



Title: Re: Lone Kiters
Post by: tonycarl60 on July 21, 2009, 12:57 AM
I'm the only flyer at my field which is a shame because there's usually wind here every day. I have resorted to flying two duel line kites at once so I can see more than one kite in the air. I guess I'm the only other person I can find who is willing to fly with me on a regular basis :)