Last week I was on Block Island (off Rhode Island) for the week, and was hoping to get lots of quality fly time.
The good news - my family accidently rented the apartment above the kite store, and while it was closed, the owner was happy to open for me and talked lots about the history of kiting (the store had been there 20+ years), gave me some great deals on beginner dual liners for the kids in our group, and I acquired some great "antique" sport kites (dual line deltas without standoffs -can't imagine these work good...)
The bad news - wind sucked. Beach was narrow, and had a 20 foot bluff on the backside - wind was dead under 10 feet and gusted to 15+ from 10-80ft. Ambient winds elsewhere ranged from 1 (really!, had to use cigarette smoke to determine direction) to 22mph. And everywhere inbetween. At random.
If these were conditions on home turf (Madeira Beach, FL), I long ago would have broken my kites in frustration.