Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by Cindy Nichol » Sun, 26 Sep 1999 04:00:00


I've been enjoying the "What was your first first kite" thread, and
another question came to mind.  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?  (I'm curious to hear from novices, but
especially you pros!) (Or will anyone actually admit whatever it is...?)

I guess I haven't done anything HUGELY ridiculous.  The main thing I
feel idiotic about is letting my lines (a microline set and a
good-quality quad set) get hopelessly and irretrievably tangled.  I
always thought I was good at undoing knots, but not since I took up this
kite-flying mania--there I am, out in my field, turning my lines into a
humongous clotted mess, getting more clotted and knotted by
the second, when all I had to begin with was a miniscule tangle!

 
 
 

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by SportKit » Sun, 26 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>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 thought of
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 chicks" on
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 started to
anyways, kite to handles....DOH! After 50' I realized this wasn't gonna work
well when I came out to fly the next time. Man, talk about lame. The walk of
shame had a whole new meaning for me.

Color My Sky, Ellen
http://www.x-kites.com

 
 
 

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by Troy Gu » Sun, 26 Sep 1999 04:00:00

I accidentally hit a guy with my stunt kite lines, when the kite was
flying very fast. The lines sliced the top of the guys ear off ! I call
this, the Mike Tyson kite slice!

The weird thing about the accident was after I ran over to see if the
guy was ok, he ended up apologizing to me for being in the way. Now that
doesn't happen very often, where a beach comber apologizes!

              Troy Gunn
          AKA  Region 8 Director
      Region 7 & 8 Kite Fest Calender
http://members.tripod.com/~TKOGunn1/kitecalender.htm

 
 
 

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by Chapma » Sun, 26 Sep 1999 04:00:00

I would not call this the most idiotic but the most unusual place that I
have ever flown was in an old tunnel.  There is not always that much wind in
Phoenix and we figured that the tunnel would funnel the wind, man were we
right....  I flew my 3-D and my friend flew his beetle.  We beat those kites
up bad, but it was a blast.

Alan

 
 
 

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by Mark » Sun, 26 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Stupid and Scary...?

This summer while in Hawaii I used my 3.5 quadline foil at Sandy Beach
(Oahu) for some absolutely GREAT sand surfing!  I was able to stay
powered-up and moving for a LONG way!

One morning I launched into a very strong gust (perfect timing - NOT!).  I
immediately left the ground for about 2ft and landed on the soft sand on my
stomach.  The kite was still fully powered in the center of the window and I
was dragged on my stomach for several yards *towards* the pounding surf.

Here is the scary part.  I lost my grip on the left-handle.  I had the two
quad handles LINKED together (i.e., for a harness...which I was not
wearing).  Letting go of ONE handle simply served to send this fairly
powerful kite into a tight SPIN in the center of the window...I now began to
slide even FASTER towards the water...holding on ONLY with my right hand.
LET GO?  HELL NO!!

I was finally able to barely reach the BRAKE of the right handle with the
tips of my fingers of my LEFT hand.  I successfully brought the kite down
JUST into the wash of the waves.  I quickly got back onto my feet and yanked
the kite out of the water (after a bit of tug-o-war!).

Luckily, this whole thing happened early in the morning.  The only witness
was a lone fisherman and an alert lifeguard about 100yds down the beach.  I
very COOLY folded the DAMP kite and launched my Quad25...ahhhh, much better.
My heart was still pounding...but I *looked* great, very cool!!

LESSON LEARNED:

!!!CUT!!! that stupid LINK line and don't launch into strong gusts with too
much kite!!

See ya!

Mark

 
 
 

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by Chris Matheso » Sun, 26 Sep 1999 04:00:00

I was out flying with a friend back when I first started flying kites.
We were on really long line compaired with todays lengths, 150'. The
wind was really sweet and I was doing nice long ground passes. I must
have been walking forwards each time, because I managed to drive my kite
into the side of a building that had been about 30' in front of me when
I started.

The worst part about it was that this was the pass my mate had come over
to watch. The kite looked really cool in the setting sun and I was
having a great time. Must have spaced it there for a while, luckly I
didn't kill my kite.

Quote:

> I've been enjoying the "What was your first first kite" thread, and
> another question came to mind.  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?  (I'm curious to hear from novices, but
> especially you pros!) (Or will anyone actually admit whatever it is...?)

> I guess I haven't done anything HUGELY ridiculous.  The main thing I
> feel idiotic about is letting my lines (a microline set and a
> good-quality quad set) get hopelessly and irretrievably tangled.  I
> always thought I was good at undoing knots, but not since I took up this
> kite-flying mania--there I am, out in my field, turning my lines into a
> humongous clotted mess, getting more clotted and knotted by
> the second, when all I had to begin with was a miniscule tangle!

--

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Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by Stephen McCormac » Mon, 27 Sep 1999 04:00:00

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
were playing.
Impulse had a broken leading edge spar so I went home. :-)))
Goodwinds
Steve McCormack
www.kitepoweraustralia.com


Quote:
> >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
thought of
> 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
chicks" on
> 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
started to
> anyways, kite to handles....DOH! After 50' I realized this wasn't gonna
work
> well when I came out to fly the next time. Man, talk about lame. The walk
of
> shame had a whole new meaning for me.

> Color My Sky, Ellen
> http://www.x-kites.com

 
 
 

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by Myers and Marchan » Mon, 27 Sep 1999 04:00:00

snip

Quote:
> I guess I haven't done anything HUGELY ridiculous.  The main thing I
> feel idiotic about is letting my lines (a microline set and a
> good-quality quad set) get hopelessly and irretrievably tangled.  I
> always thought I was good at undoing knots, but not since I took up this
> kite-flying mania--there I am, out in my field, turning my lines into a
> humongous clotted mess, getting more clotted and knotted by
> the second, when all I had to begin with was a miniscule tangle!

I've done that.  I cut (not literally) my losses at the flying field,
wind the mess up and take it home.  It's amazing how much easier knotted
kite lines are to untangle at home after I've had a chance to relax.  It
is just too frustrating at the beach.
 
 
 

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by Gal Sherbeli » Mon, 27 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Hi There,

Most idiotic thing I have ever done was to fly a brand new kite from a rocky
beach over the sea in blasting wing with worn lines. One of the lines torn
the other one flew from my hand and the kite flew about 500m into the sea
and got lost.
Actually this was the second most idiotic thing the most idiotic thing was
to go back to my wife tell her the story and tell her that now I need a new
kite.....

I have seen two idiotic acts that were done by other kite flyers and are
worth mentioning.

Once I was flying my kite at high winds and a guy came with a stack of five
large kites. He started flying down wind far from me but started walking
back  into my window, just when I was ready to complain he sat on the grass
and got dragged by the kites.
After a few times he put the kites down and walked to his car. I folded my
kite and went to my car which was parked next to his.
When I came to the car I couldn't believe what I saw. His jeans where
completely shraded at the back with a huge hole at his b-m.
The most amazing thing was that he was just taking a new pair of pants out
of his booth getting ready to change.....ie he planned this

Another time I was flying at high winds and two guys came with two 10ft
flexies. After flying them separately they decided to stack them. One of the
guys could not hold on to them so they took a rope and tied it to the guys
jeans belt. the other side was tied to a pole.
The guy was*** like a puppet and I thought he is going to be torn in
half. His luck was that his belt ripped and the only damage was "face
dragging" for a few meters.

Conclusion - high wind raises the stupidity level.

Regards

Gal

Regards

Gal

 
 
 

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by June » Mon, 27 Sep 1999 04:00:00

Okay, I have to delurk for this one.....
After having only flown things like a cheap rainbow diamond stunter, and
a Dinosaur...er, Skynasaur Aerobat, my friend and I happened upon the
WSIKF here in my home state........We were watching all the 'pros' with
their kites and ooing and ahhhing, when we met this guy and his friend
flying their kites. We were perfectly happy watching, when the one guy
says,"here, why don't you try to fly mine?" So, he hands me his kite (a
Hawaiian Team Chevron!In 30+ mph winds!) I am nervous about crashing and
ruining this guys kite, but he assures me it will be fine, so away I
go.........and promptly crashed.....into the bed off someones pickup
truck.....
Luckily kite and truck were perfectly fine, but needless to say I was
finished flying for the day!! But it didn't stop me, the first 'real'
kite I bought was a Hawaiin Spinoff....and I still have it and stil fly
it among others....

Junbug

--
Today I stopped and watched a butterfly, ''
              It didn't take long.      (\/)
                                        (/\)

 
 
 

Most idiotic thing ever done with a kite

Post by Spence Wike » Tue, 28 Sep 1999 04:00:00

THis thread reminded me of ALL the reason we do these idiotic things -
the love to fly.  If just one of these things becomes a mistake someone
else DOESN'T MAKE, then we're all better off...  

A fiend of mine bought his first kite (after drooling while flying my
Avalon).  He assembled it in the beach house and as he was walking
outside, the wind blew the door shut - shards of carbon fiber peeked out
the ends....  So he gets back from the store with a new kite, and has
been flying for maybe 15-20 seconds when his line breaks.

He has flown since then, but he's much more protective of his toys
now...

--
MOAMO, because no one else would have them...