Discover the Joy of Kite Flying on Topsail Island
Fall has arrived and here on Topsail Island that means fewer crowds, amazing temperatures and miles of beaches to explore. If you're like us as kids one of the most fun things to do on the beach was to go kite flying. This week we get back one of those things all kids love...flying kites on the beach! Here is everything you need to know to have a great day on the beach with your kite.
Choosing the right kite
When choosing your first kite there are a several things to consider, such as the age of the child, what your looking to do, wind conditions, and cost. Basically there are two types of kites you'll consider when shopping. There are single and double line kites. It is not to say that there are not other types of kites but these are by far the most popular. Here is what you need to know about each of the basic kite designs.
Single Line Kites
Single line kites are the easiest to fly, and basically, any kite you purchase will perform well. Usually, the more complex the kite is the more skill it will require to fly, but even the most complex single line kite will still only require minimal effort. The hardest thing to decide is usually the type and color.
Single line kites are not just for children either, some of the most advanced and exotic kites are single line types. Single line kites can range in size from 12" wingspan diamonds to 7-foot ghost kites to the enormous 19 foot Delta's. For a simple, indestructible single line kite, the Parafoil 2 (2 sq ft.) is an excellent kite, the colors are bright, it's inexpensive, very stable, requires no assembly, and anyone can launch and fly it, even a 5-year-old child.
Stunt kites require more skill to master than single line kites. Stunt kites are quick and very responsive. For this reason, we recommend that a beginner start with a kite that is as indestructible as possible. We always recommend learning to fly an inexpensive stunt kite first, then when you're ready to go for the more expensive high-performance model, you'll be familiar with the performance, handling and speeds of stunt kites and will have the best idea on what you want out of your next kite.
Parafoils are easy to fly, come in a variety of styles and colors and are the easiest to pack as they lack any poles. Think of these as looking a lot like modern parachutes. The other fun thing about parafoils is they are strong and very durable. Check out the video on the right to get an idea why the parafoil is such a fun kite to travel with during your Topsail Island beach vacation.
General Rules for Picking Kite Days:
Because we don’t control the wind, we learn to watch for the right kite flying conditions and Topsail Island is a kite flying paradise.
Wind that is too strong or too light is challenging to fly in. A flag or windsock is handy to help you see the wind. About 5-25 mph is best for most kites (when leaves and bushes start to move, but before it really starts to blow).
Flying is most fun when the wind is medium, so you can do more than just hold on. You can make your kite dance across the sky by pulling in and letting out the line.
Flying Space should be a clear, open area. Stay away from roads, power lines or airports. Open fields, parks, and beaches are great for flying kites. The more room you have, the more line you can let out.
Remember that as the wind goes over and around trees and buildings, it gets bumpy and challenging to fly kites in. Watch out for kite-eating trees!
No Storms: Never fly in rain or lightning. Electricity in clouds is attracted to damp kite lines and foolish kite fliers.
Still haven't planned your next Topsail Island beach vacation? There is plenty of time to plan your summer 2019 beach vacation. Bring the kids, grab the kites and get ready for an awesome family vacation on Topsail Island. Our friendly reservationists are standing by (910) 328-3400 to help you find just the right place for your family. Of course, you can always click the button below and start planning your vacation today.