There are few things as relaxing as flying a kite. And a kite is a common sight on the beautiful Alabama beaches. March and April provide ideal wind conditions for this activity that entertains kids of all ages. (And by that, we mean adults, too!)
Kite-flying equipment is pretty simple. You need a kite with a tail, some string, and a handle. That’s pretty much it – you are good to go!
First thing you need to do is make sure you have plenty of space. Stay away from the highway and parking lots, and don’t get too close to the buildings.
Next, choose a windy day. That’s not hard to do at the beach, but there is such a thing as too much wind. Coming off the Gulf of Mexico, a stiff breeze can send your kite plummeting.
Start small. Some of the larger kites are attractive, but may be harder to get into the sky. A small kite is fine. And kites don’t have to be expensive. A dollar store kite will fly as well as a more expensive version.
Have a buddy hold the kite a few yards away from you. Give the kite a pull as your buddy releases it, and allow it to gain altitude.
Pay attention to your string tension. If it’s too tight, you need to reel out a little more line. If it’s too slack, reel it in a bit.
And maybe most importantly, don’t fly a kite when it’s stormy weather. Storm conditions can change fast at the beach and you don’t want to get caught in a thunderstorm.
Got the hang of it? Now just get out there and have fun!