Because getting up at 6:30 in the morning to fly kites (and it’s not the first time!) might fall into the nerd’s category. But like said, I rather call it a passion of mine!
No way to leave the house without a cup of coffee though, so I made myself one and after fifteen minutes, give or take, I was ready for action. All of the gear was already sitting in the back of my car so all I had to do was to start it up and head for the beach hoping the beach bums weren’t awake yet.
I guess they were still sleeping because I was totally alone on the beach. The wind hit it in from the sea and actually, it was a bit stronger than anticipated. Well, I was destined to fly, so I started to rig the stacked kites. First I pegged a kite stake well into the ground, put my handles over it and started to unwind the flying lines. Now it was time to get the stacked kites ready; insert the standoffs, leaning all the kites way back and check all lines being clear without any tangles or wraps.
All checked and I walked over to the handles, hit the record button on my vidcam and got myself ready for the takeoff. I braced myself knowing the four reasonably small kites would pull like a truck in these winds.
Bam! Takeoff and, YES, the stack almost pulled me out of my socks! But after a while, I worked things out and kept the stack mostly along the edges of the wind window. The wind also dropped a tiny bit making flying a little easier.
Yeah! You bet! ?