@WD: So, basically what you're saying is I should try to look more like a professional poker player, and not
so much a novice kite flyer? lol
That Chuck e Cheese looks like it might be as dangerous as Seaside Heights...
(salad 'bars' scare me more than armed drunken youths after dark)
Haha! Oh man, I guess it's inevitable that my next thread be titled "Hospitalized!" no matter what I do!
Seriously, though, you bring up a great point about self consciousness and being around people. It's definitely a distraction. I'm never fully immersed in the flying as I always have one eye on anyone who may be wandering into my window. The best experience I had was the very first time at Sandy Hook where I had a full beach to myself. Unfortunately, the coming of summer is only going to make this worse. I'm thinking come fall I'll be in my true glory.
@Rob: That's a real possibility. I do make it a point to check everything before launching, but I totally could have missed this. The only thing that's bothering me was the second fail at Seaside. Anthony mentioned circular winds and being by the boardwalk, but I was way past the boards. What about Dunes, though? Could they possibly cause the same kinds of turbulence? At both Smith Point and Seaside, the beach was literally 100' or so from Dunes to water. At both places I actually ended up standing in the ocean as I had run out of beach to fly on. Are most beaches like this? If so, Sandy Hook has totally spoiled me. There must be a 1/4 mile of sand before you even get near the water there.
@Ron: Yeah, I'm finding that out as I go. Most of the weather sites are pretty sketchy at best. The only place I've found to be pretty spot on is this
, but I can't actually find stations for any places closer to home.