Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tomorrow is 1st Sunday of the Month... Let's Fly!

Join us if you can!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

They Feel The Need For Speed... And Air... With A Kite

Kite Surfing Speed Record

Big Air Kite Surfing

Kite Buggying

Buggy Races

Landboarding

Snowkiting

Extreme Snowkiting


Monday, February 23, 2015

A Not-So-Typical Three Day Weekend

Three straight days of kite-flying weather in Chico? Unheard of! On top o that, it was my birthday, which I share with George Washington on the 22nd. I took full advantage of the situation.

On Friday I cycled out to Wildwood Park with my bike trailer loaded up with Big Boy, my Cody and a chair.

The grounds crew had just finished manicuring the park


My 5' Cody sure looks small next to Big Boy

The little ones enjoyed my spinning "F-Stop."


On Saturday the wind did not follow the forcast for NNW at 10-15 mph. Instead we got a South wind at 6-12 mph... still quite flyable. Jim Stainback and I had seven kites up at one point during the afternoon.

On Sunday the North wind came back with a vengeance. When Jim and I got to the park it was blowing 15 to over 20 mph with gusts close to 30. The park was full all day with families playing ball or flying kites. But at around 2:30 in the PM the wind shifted almost to the West, then dropped to zero. About 20 minutes later it picked up from the East. I swapped out Big Boy's 75' tail for 25' tubes to avoid a light pole when the winds shifted. The wind was just plain goofy! By 4 pm it pretty much died. 

A butterfly

A Macaw parrot



The wind went to zero for about 20 minutes

And then it started up again from the East
(25' tube tails instead of the 75' tail)

As I post this the North wind is picking up again... but I think I'll pass. Three days was just enough.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Spring Break in February?

Yesterday was one of those days at Wildwood Park that you'd like to go on forever. The temperature was in the low 70s, the winds were blowing out of the NNW at 7 to as much as 14 mph. It was shirtsleeve weather to be sure. Jim Stainback and I started throwing kites in the air at about 12:45, and the last kite was put away around 4:30 PM. We got nine kites into the air and then did some 2-line flying. As the afternoon progressed families began showing up with their own kites. At one point there were 13 kites in the air... I haven't seen that many in the air at Wildwood in a loooong time.

Nine kites up 

And then there were ten... someone put up a small parafoil




Friday, February 13, 2015

Kite Days Have Been Rare Lately

We've had only three flying days in the last two and a half weeks here in Chico. Here's a few pictures of those three rare days.


 Big Boy with 25' tubes instead of his 75' tapered tail



Jim Stainback's new box kite handles light winds very well.

I added 25' tubes to my HQ delta & everyone thought it was a new kite

And just to take up a little more of your time, here's an old video of me flying the Prism Zero-G on a windless morning in 2012. Thanks to Steve Hall for the video & editing.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Last Saturday Was Ben Franklin's Birthday... A Belated Happy Birthday Ben!

I had this blog ready to go three weeks ago; somehow I got distracted and forgot to post it last Saturday. So, here it is, two days late.

Benjamin Franklin - Born January 17, 1706

Ben Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, civic activist, statesman, diplomat, scientist and inventor


In 1750 he published a proposal for an experiment to prove that lightning is electricity by flying a kite in a storm that appeared capable of becoming a lightning storm.


On June 15, 1752 Franklin may possibly have conducted his well known kite experiment in Philadelphia, successfully extracting electricity (in the form of sparks) from a cloud.


Though Franklin has been most noted kite-wise with his lightning experiments, he has also been noted for his ideas of using kites to pull humans and ships across waterways. On one occasion he tied a kite to his boat and let the kite pull him across the pond he was on.

Today "Traction Kiting" is enjoyed in many ways:


Kite-sailing

Kite-surfing

Snow-kiting

Extreme Snow-kiting

Kite-buggying

Land-boarding

And just pilot and power kite

Thank you, Ben Franklin, for all the fun we're having!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Wednesdays are good for kite flying too!

Bright skies, moderate temperatures in the mid 60s and NNW winds blowing at 15-20 mph. It had to be a kite flying afternoon. My kite buddy, Jim Stainback, and I had seven kites up from 1:30 til about 4. Wished the day was longer.

 Kids had fun chasing the tails

 Big Boy

150 ft windsock