The dreaded "Kite Yahoos"
Posted 02 June 2007 - 09:13 AM
These are the folks who have caused some beaches to ban or restrict stunt kite flying.
Well, I was witness to a group of Kite Yahoos yesterday at Pawley's Island.
It's a predictable scene:
The kite comes with the cheap plastic handles vs. a lineset and straps and they try to fly it by letting out about 20 feet of line. Probably a good thing because they're within 10 feet of sunbathers.
The 'stance' is the predictable flying with arms outstreched in a giant "Y" formation.
Attempting to fly with no orientation as to where the wind is coming from. Remember, we're at the beach, folks.
Little Kite Yahoo, Jr. is flying a $1 single line kite (actually doing better than Mr. and Mrs. Kite Yahoo) which eventually gets tangled in the stunt kite's lines.
Of course, there's lots of screaming and yelling.
Yeah, I was a noob once, too. I'm always happy to gently give a few pointers to help a new flyer on their way but Kite Yahoos are best avoided. The best you can hope for is that they'll crash it enough to eventually break it and that's the end of their involvement.
See you next summer, Kite Yahoos!!!!
Posted 02 June 2007 - 12:20 PM
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"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
(found in a fortune cookie - possibly an Einstein quote)
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