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#1 wickedrevs56

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 03:20 PM

When in Texas, south of Houston on the Coastal Bend, there are several "hot spots" for flying kites--

1> as reported in USA Today in 2001 "Ten Best Places in USA to Fly a Kite"-- the article listed Rockport Beach Park , in Rockport, TX-- this beach is the first Blue Wave beach designate in Texas, is on the waters of Aransas Bay, and has a grass field at the back of the park which is published as a kite field, -- wind sports of all types are allowed here -- including traction kites and ATB's or buggies (Super Blast!!) The usual breeze in summer is steady on shore and peaks in latter part of the day to about 17-18 mph by dusk. The winter winds vary depending on fronts from the north, most days it is in the mid 60's to 70's except in late Jan-early Feb-- when arctic blasts are possible bringing very cold wind chills from N to NNE. Breezes off the bay waters (E to SSE) tend to be warmer.
2> Another popular location is Port "A" -- 18 miles south of Rockport a short ferry ride (free) brings you to the Gulf waters and beaches -- sand, traffic, surf waves, the whole gambit is experienced. If you do not like to clean salt and sand from your gear-- there is a soccer field at Roberts Point Park that makes great Rev flying, and it has a captive "audience" as it is located next to the ferry line to leave the island . Port "A" has a kite shop for emergency items (mostly "tourist" kites ) but they used to keep a Rev or two in house-- might have a line set or quad handles if needed.

3> Cole Park-- north of downtown Corpus Christi-- along side Corpus Christi Bay, some times a little tight except when using shorter linesets, this park has firm onshore breezes most of the time, grass, but it has "obstacles", like playground equipment, some smaller trees here and there-- a bandshell and "cabanas" for picnics-- but is convenient to downtown attractions on Ocean Drive, just a little north of the site for the X-Games (kite surfing and windsurfing regattas)

There are several more little parks along the numerous towns with a waterfront in the Coastal Bend -- if you want more information about flying and events in this area contact the local kite club on their yahoo groups site at www.skypiratesonline.org or their Facebook page named "Coastal Bend Skypirates" they will be glad to give more info!!! piratehandleswebwords.jpg


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