An unexpected loss is the subject of many a kite story. In fact, if you ask me, there are only 2 types of kite-fliers on this planet. Those with a lost kite story to tell, and those who will one day have one!
Personally, I've lost a small retail Delta and a small Skewer Box kite. Then, a couple of years later, the original Dowel Barn Door. The circumstances were completely different in each case.
This category is a big proportion of all stories submitted to this site. The variety is endless. There's just no way to predict how the next person will manage to lose their kite!
Take kite flying to another level, for you and your kids!
On at least 2 occasions at kite festivals, I've seen kites move off over the ocean, or further down the beach.
Most likely, these were due
to a small child simply forgetting to hang onto a winder, or letting the
line slip too far through their fingers.
Actual line breakages seem to be rare, but they can generate some rather entertaining stories when it happens! More often, the kite is not secured properly, at the flier's end. Along comes an extra-strong gust and ... ooops, there goes the reel or winder!
What's the funniest / saddest / most spectacular kite-loss that YOU have ever experienced? Think back for a moment...
The story needs at least 300 words to be published. That's not hard - 4 or 5 fairly short paragraphs should do it.
Hey, we've all lost a kite at least once, wouldn't you say?
Click below to read some entertaining stories from other kite fliers. Some of these are amazing!
Loss Of A Collapsible Moon Kite
My best kite recently is Moon Kite or Wau Bulan in Malay language, its origin was Malaysia where it was widely flown in Kelantan. I live in Singapore. …
The Lost And Found Rokkaku Kite!
I haven't been able to do much kite flying lately due to the stresses of moving. Yesterday was an exception! It was the first clear day all week, but it …
Just saw a ghost!
This kite loss story takes place at Rodeo Beach in Marin County. I had my wife, god son Jake and our Norwegian Forest Cat, Buddha, with us. We had a …
A Lost Kite Can Be A Good Thing
We were at a club fun fly. Beautiful day with lots of local people joining us with their discount store kites. One family had a plastic, princess delta …
North Vegas 14m
Went out with a friend with my new North Vegas 14m earlier today around 5pm after work. Was really excited and also quite annoyed to find that the wind …
Never thought it would happen... On the maiden flight of the Flock of Swallows pulled up by a Triangulation Delta... a huge gust of wind came along. …
Box Kite Disaster
When I was around 10 years old, I received a box kite kit as a present. This was in the early 1960s, when kits like this required a certain amount of exacting …
A Very Efficient Simple Kite
When my little girl was three years old we bought her a simple kite (ram air) with the Teletubbies printed on it. One fine but brisk day a family outing …
Kite Lost Kite Found
I had a homemade tail-less diamond kite that I built using actual bamboo poles for the frame. Like most stories go I was flying the kite at around nine …
In 1995 I was flying a plastic single line delta kite made by Spectra Star. It came with four hundred feet of line on a plastic spool winder. I was demonstrating …
A Day Flying Kites In Portales
Well here we go. It was a very nice day here in the "big" city of Portales, New Mexico. I had a bad hankering to loft a kite because the winds were just …
My Grandson Loses His First Kite
Today we had enough wind to test a Dragon kite my grandson got for his 7th birthday. We headed over to the school field to give us plenty of mostly tree-less …
Vienna Kite Festival
After many hours of designing, building, and testing kites the final event for the year had arrived. The Vienna Kite Festival. Held on the banks of an …
Home Made Box Kite - lost...sorta
I was 9 yrs old flying my box kite in Iroquois Point (Navy Housing on Oahu) in 1966. A KC135 Tanker flew in from the west on final to Hickam AFB and swallowed …
Cheap Delta Kite, Expensive String
Had lots of fun with this Delta kite design. Lost several but no great $. Lost one kite over the sea due to bad knot tying - and I am a sailor. I had so …
When I was a youngster, my brother and I were flying a handsome purple and blue delta wing kite on the beach in Folkestone (at the south east corner of …
After One Skewer Delta Departs, One Skewer Rok Takes Wing!
I was very proud of my 1-Skewer Delta kite. It had its maiden flight in Ruskin Park in South London, but the fun was cut short as I managed to stab my …
The Kite Eating Tree
I remember I was flying a small home-made delta kite in my backyard. Unfortunately for me though, my backyard was covered by tall trees. I take 2 seconds …
Run Away Kite
My friend and I decided to fly a kite a few weeks ago. We'd flown kites before and saved all the string. We brought the kite, which had about a 3 foot …
Of course, for every actual lost kite, there are surely many more 'close call' stories. From my own experience, it's amazing how often it was possible to either pull out or fly out a kite from in-accessible tree branches! In every case, the kite somehow escaped damage even after being dragged through foliage.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed those lost kite stories from all around the world!
If you search the Web for great kite-loss stories, you will be disappointed. The best ones are right here on this page. 10's of thousands of people have visited these kite story pages over the years.
Just once in a while, somebody realizes that they have a truly good tale to tell. So they end up submitting it here. How about you? :-)
After a short Web search, you will probably find one of these 2 things...
References to children's materials such as
Those last 2 are familiar to my own young son, I'm sure of it!
Secondly, the occasional kite surfer posts a lost kite story after going out on the ocean and losing their kite and/or board. Usually because of equipment failure. Or perhaps brain fade if they didn't bother to even use a leash!
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Jul 28, 14 05:06 AM
This was an experiment with mounting a camera directly onto the kite. With winds gusting to over 30kph up high, the Fresh Wind Barn Door kite was selected...
In a word, it was tricky. I mounted the camera as close as possible to the center of gravity of the kite, but it still ended up quite a few cm closer to the trailing edge than I would have liked. It was only practical to mount he camera - on its bendy tripod (!) - near the diagonal spars crossing point. Electrical tape secured 2 short tripod legs to the diagonal spars, holding the camera upright with the kite sitting on its trailing edge.
It was a struggle to get enough lift to gain much height, and the kite swung dangerously from side to side. Might try the drogues next time! I did my best to urge the kite higher in mid-swing.
Eventually, for a few seconds, the kite got to around 100 feet on almost 200 feet of 200 pound Dacron.
A video clip will of course be forthcoming on Facebook. And only seasoned kite fliers will bother watching it all the whole way through, possibly wrestling with sea-sickness all the while. Hence the title of this post. Still, it was an interesting, if slightly nerve-wracking, outing! At shoulder level, the breeze measured around 9kph gusting to 18.5kph. Some low cloud over the hills was absolutely tearing along, perhaps up around 40kph.
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