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The Pontificator

Member Since 17 Mar 2007
Offline Last Active Jun 23 2007 09:38 AM

Topics I've Started

The dreaded "Kite Yahoos"

02 June 2007 - 09:13 AM

You know who they are..... :o

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. :rolleyes:

The 'stance' is the predictable flying with arms outstreched in a giant "Y" formation. :lol:

Attempting to fly with no orientation as to where the wind is coming from. Remember, we're at the beach, folks. :unsure:

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. :rolleyes:

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!!!! :P

Movie scene: Hit in the head with a stunt kite

27 May 2007 - 09:11 AM

What movie was that? I'm thinking the "victim" was Hugh Grant and the "pilot" was Tom Arnold.

Am I correct? Anyone know a youtube vid link?

:P :lol: :P :lol: :P

EDIT: it was indeed a scene with Tom Arnold and Hugh Grant....the opening scene from "nine months".

Flying music

25 May 2007 - 09:27 AM

Dug out some old cassettes...

The Sugarcubes: "Life's Too Good"

Big Dipper: "Heavens"

Megadeth: "Anarchy in the UK"


21 May 2007 - 02:36 PM

Someone told me that Daytona Beach prohibits stunt kites.

The beach patrol at Myrtle Beach has certainly been known to 'harass' kite flyers but my experience was ten years ago and the person who ran the beach patrol (contract with city) is now in prison.

Anyway...any public beaches where kites are prohibited? Could save someone some grief when planning a vacation or trip.

Line equalizer tool

18 May 2007 - 08:16 AM

I have one. It's made of some sort of transparent, orange-colored plastic. I've not seen them available in years.

Any sources?