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Author Topic: Atlantic Coast Kite Festival: May 5-6, 2012  (Read 622 times)
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« on: May 14, 2012, 05:20 PM »

Had a good time at the 2012 Atlantic Coast Kite Festival. Here are some photos and a video:

http://youtu.be/p41KgUKvDFw

http://www.flickr.com/photos/timothymcmackin/sets/72157629983365947/

Day 1 was on Virginia Beach, right on the boardwalk with lots of people walking by. That was neat -- I'd never flown with hundreds of people around before. The city fenced off three areas of the beach: one for big kites, one for sport kite demos, and one for free-for-all flying. (Maybe this is standard for big festivals, but it was the first time for me, after going to some smaller festivals in the fall.) Terry from Kitebus clearly had everything organized: there was a solid sound system, a kite-making tent, side-entertainment like face-painters and balloon twisters, and it just seemed that everyone knew what was going on and what needed to be done.

Pity that we had only about 3 mph winds on saturday. The big guys (as you can see from the video) didn't get in the air, but we had lots of UL sport kites flying, including some impressive quad SUL  flying by the Tennessee Wind Militia.

Sunday was at Portsmouth City Park, where the wind was blowing in off the bay. We had much stronger wind, though it was a bit choppy thanks to trees and other obstructions. Still, the big guys got into the air, and we got a good crowd of people to build kites and generally enjoy themselves.

See you next time!

-Tim
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2012, 05:29 PM »

Despite the less than stellar winds, that looked like a total blast! I'd love to go to something like that.

Any idea what that kite was at 5:58-6:21 right side of the screen? It looks like a spider web almost. Very cool. Did someone make that?!
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2012, 06:55 PM »

Loved it-- "Jared's Indoor Routine" 

Weird that those banners were flapping so much but still not enough wind. Looks like a good time was had, though. Thanks for the video.

Nancy

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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2012, 07:17 PM »

Despite the less than stellar winds, that looked like a total blast! I'd love to go to something like that.

Any idea what that kite was at 5:58-6:21 right side of the screen? It looks like a spider web almost. Very cool. Did someone make that?!
Yeah neat, huh? That kite won the (if I recall) Master's division of the kite-making contest. It was a quad made up like a black widow spider at the center with the web as the wings. It was made by one of the members of the Tennessee Wind Militia.
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012, 04:51 PM »

Loved it-- "Jared's Indoor Routine" 

Weird that those banners were flapping so much but still not enough wind. Looks like a good time was had, though. Thanks for the video.

Nancy



As the Jared in question, I can answer this.  We had a massive (15 story) hotel just off the boardwalk, so while we had wind off the water (nicest wind I've ever had at that particular event), there was nowhere for it to flow through, so it would blow in off the water and just die. 

I started the day on the Talon UL, and wound up switching to the Echo and flying indoor style when the wind just wouldn't cooperate.  Still one of my favorite events, though, because of the chance to really get up close & personal with the spectators on the boardwalk.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2012, 01:13 AM »

Dead wind is one of life's frustrations, but you made the most of it that's for sure. It just made me smile when I saw the title. Thanks for the explanation, Jared-in-question.

Nancy
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2012, 06:28 AM »

Looks like it was fun and made the best of it. Too bad about the buildings killing your wind. It's nice to get a busy stretch of beach where poeple can see what your doing and spread the kiting joy, but a buzzkill when the buildings cramp your conditions.

That spider web quad was really cool looking, but the extra webbing seemed to make flying really difficult.
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