Hi all! I'm just back from my first kite festival: Carolina Kite Festival in Atlantic City, NC. I'm not much of a photographer, but here are a few pictures: CKF 2011 on Flickr
. I also took a quick video of us flying from the guard tower:
The event was sponsored by the friendly folks at Kites Unlimited, who helped me pick out some gear and parts and answered a lot of questions from our contingent of flyers from Raleigh-Durham.
Rain was forecast for all day saturday, but by some miracle it never showed up and we had pleasant (just slightly chilly) fall weather most of the day friday, saturday, and sunday. There were no official festivities on friday, but when we got to Atlantic Beach, the wind was blowing, so we jumped right out of the car and got to it. The sun showed up on sunday and that drew all kinds of people out; I heard lots of people saying "I've never seen anything like this before!" The wind was a solid 15mph, even as high as 20 at times, and though it was blowing from the shore to the water all weekend, the lay of the land made that wind condition tolerable for most flying. We had some good demos, kids' kite making, several illuminated night kites, and of course a bunch of huge SLKs.
That strong wind made things interesting, especially as our group normally flies inland and isn't used to big wind. We did some minor damage to a good single-line kite, broke a few parts, and (thanks to a chain reaction kite problem) destroyed the sail on a flyer's favorite special edition Rev B-series.
This event is usually at a hotel, but it was damaged by the recent hurricane, so this year everything happened at the main public beach access. IMHO, that worked out great because there was lots more room and it attracted a lot of walk-up attention because the kites were more visible around the area. I'm just going to suggest that they find a way to limit cars on the beach next year. It wasn't safe having so many people drive up and down the beach all day long with so many people and kites in the way.
I'm looking forward to Wrightsville beach next week. Hope to see some of you there.