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Earlier in the year
The weather lived up to the forecast and provided good conditions for
most of the AKFA members who turned up with their large kites. It
turned out to be a mini version of the Adelaide kite festival, with many
types of kites represented. Foils, flowforms, inflatable creatures,
soft stunters, and sparred kites were there.
A quick check with a wind meter revealed an average of 20 kph gusting to 28 kph from the SSW.
the only thing that had trouble in this breeze strength was my little
2-Skewer Barn Door which could have done with much more tail. We were
flying in a fairly confined area, and a row of short trees caught a few
of us out from time to time! Dunes were upwind, and although fairly low,
they still messed with the airflow up to around 50 feet or so above the
My son (8) was impressed with the speed of the spinning drogues on one of the flowforms.
All in all, a good fly day was had by all.
AKFA Kite Fly—November 2014
Aren and I turned up at
the beach near Fort Glanville where at first there only seemed to be one
large kite flying. A black scuba-diver with white jellyfish trailing
behind moved fluidly as "line laundry" suspended from the flying line of
a large parafoil. Plus a large inflated fish was suspended near the
anchor point. It was close enough for kids to touch!
After a walk around,
we noticed other kites too, further down the beach. A small stunt delta
was zipping around silently. Much further to the south, and not
connected with the AKFA event, many kite surfers were enjoying the
smooth moderate-to-fresh breeze.
Having found a good open
location down on the sand, we set up the Peter Powell MkIII. This was the very
latest version of the amazingly successful original which shot to
popularity in the 70s and 80s.
A steerable foil was being
flown just upwind of us. These soft kites apparently pull a lot harder
than sparred stunt kites of an equivalent size.
headed back to the small grassed area where the AKFA banner had been
flying on a pole. A couple of
small delta kites were just managing to stay in the air. The wind
strength was getting a bit much, plus turbulence was coming off the low
Having brought the 1.2 m (4 ft.) long Dowel Box
kite, it seemed like a good opportunity to put it up.There were no real problems
with that, but it did get forced all over the place in the freshening
breeze and on a rather short line. Flying low makes for clearer and
more interesting videos you see.
The wind meter registered
23 kph gusting to 31 kph, held above my head. On arriving home and
checking the weather online, the gust strength had climbed into the
mid-40s an hour or two later!
AKFA Kite Fly—August 2014
Quite a lot happened, so I'll have to be fairly concise.
a measured 24 gusting to 29 kph at head level over the sand, the breeze
was a little fresher than forecast. However, it was good for most of the
kites large and small that dotted the sky. Several AKFA members were
Two kite aerial photography (KAP) sessions were in
progress. A large inflatable caterpillar gave an impressive although
fairly static display as it sat on the sand, lined up with the wind—as
windsocks do, even the fanciest of them like the caterpillar. The owner
also had his large octopus up at one stage, which apparently managed to
drag a 200-pound sand anchor out of its hole during a spell of very
At least a couple of fairly big parafoils were up
plus a most unusual design which looked like a cross between three
deltas and a box kite.
Others were enjoying some fast flying with soft stunt kites.
obtaining some video of my own 2 m (7 ft.) Carbon Diamond #2, I let
it out on 200 feet of line. This pushed it to the limits of its
tailless stability, the 30 kph gusts forcing it almost to the sand.
It went first to one side, then the other, so it wasn't a simple matter of
doing a bridle adjustment.
After packing up the Carbon
Diamond, just for fun, I put up a Tiny Tots Diamond on about 150 feet of
polyester sewing thread. It zipped around frantically, coping
remarkably well with the moderate-to-fresh breeze. Others thought it
looked like a mouse on drugs!
Finally, a couple of cliff jumps off the dunes under a large power kite were recorded on video. No, it wasn't me.
AKFA Kite Fly—July 2014
day before, the forecast was for an offshore 3 kph breeze. That's a bit light,
to put it mildly! However, on the Sunday morning, 11 to 17 kph was being
recorded at two coastal locations south of Fort Glanville. Ideal.
lunch, we arrived to find several AKFA kites up in light but smooth
winds coming off the ocean. They were all at fairly modest heights to avoid the
possibility of contacting cars in the car park, if anything went wrong! A
power sled, a flat penguin, a Phoenix delta to name a few. Some line
laundry dangled under a sizable parafoil too this time, in the form of a scuba
diver swimming past a translucent white jellyfish.
More people arrived later, resulting in a few small colorful deltas floating around over the sand.
the omni-kiter (he flies everything) went off a sand dune "cliff" under
his largest traction foil. We missed it. However, he said he needed a
bit more breeze to do a really good job of it!
Our first kite up
was the 1.2 m Dowel Dopero, followed half an hour or so later by the 2 m
Carbon Diamond. Both kites relished the 10 to 15 kph airflow at about
150 feet over the sand. However, sudden lulls downed most of the kites
on at least two occasions. To our surprise the dopero managed to
relaunch itself off a low dune while the big hard-Tyvek-sailed diamond was
being packed away! A quick meter reading showed around 6 gusting to
8.5 kph at shoulder height at this time.
It was a good outing in sunny conditions despite the chilly breeze!
AKFA Kite Fly—June 2014
Adelaide Kite Flyers Association flies on the beach near Semaphore most
months, on the second Sunday from midday to 5 pm if possible. Today I
turned up to find very little breeze, but a few AKFA members were on the
grassed area. A large dolphin inflatable was laid out, having some
bridle lines adjusted. Apparently, the bottle nose had been looking more
like a pug nose in recent flights!
At first, my 2-Skewer Delta on
20-pound Dacron line was the only kite to really suit the very light and
variable breeze. Even so, it managed to end up on the dunes a couple of
times—with the line draped over a brush fence that seemed designed to
trap kite lines at the slightest opportunity!
struggled up a few times but was not able to sustain flight. But then
out came an intriguing-looking design, a canard kite. It had two small
triangular sails at the front, with a single larger sail behind. Spars
were carbon rods, bent to graceful curves. A design from Prism, called
the Zero, it was obviously a light-wind kite, and it fared better than
the previous delta.
A couple of kids' deltas were flying about at
low heights over the dunes. They were being flown by kids, naturally. One kite was
struggling, with insufficient tail causing it to loop around a lot. But
the flyers were still having fun it seemed.
Another unknown flyer
had put up a large retail delta, from down on the sand closer to the
water. It just managed to stay up but was evidently struggling from time
to time during the lulls.
So it was a disappointing time for the owners of
kites that needed just a few extra kph to have any chance of flying. But
the 2-Skewer Delta had many minutes of airtime at around 150 feet off
the grass and dunes. The sunny winter weather was actually very pleasant,
and it was good mixing with a bunch of other kite fanatics!