After flying my first kite to bits in 1992 I bought an Impulse (Flexifoil)
and had heard about a kite fanatic who lived in a local coastal town,
desperately wanting to meet and learn from others I decided I would drive
down and see if the noise of the impulse could attract him.
Went to a park near where I though he lived and launched the impulse. The
wind was gusting to 35 knots and as the impulse screamed into the sky a
very strong gust hit it, I fell forwards onto my face and was being dragged
quite fast eating dirt all the way towards houses that ringed the parks
downwind boundary. I decided? to crash the kite before it hit someone's
roof, covered in dirt and grass all down my front, and after removing the
largest bits from my mouth, I sheepishly retrieved my kite from some
startled persons back yard, glad it hadn't landed next door where some kids
Impulse had a broken leading edge spar so I went home. :-)))
> >Subject: Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite
> >From: Cindy Nichols
> >Being a novice, I've done some fairly
> >stupid things while learning, and I'm just wondering: what's the most
> >stupid or embarrassing or just laughable thing you have
> >ever done with a kite?
> What a great question. When I saw the subject heading I immediately
> these two young guys who flew their kites into the waves, filling up these
> little pockets sewn onto the wingtips, and then flew them over "cute
> the beach, dumping the water out on them. Okay...not the question, but I
> thought that was pretty idiotic....okay, kinda clever too.
> The stupidest thing I ever did was wind up the lines backwards, well
> anyways, kite to handles....DOH! After 50' I realized this wasn't gonna
> well when I came out to fly the next time. Man, talk about lame. The walk
> shame had a whole new meaning for me.
> Color My Sky, Ellen