Chris MaxaChris Maxa is the General Manager of The Kite Loft, Inc. located in Ocean City, Maryland. Chris has over 15 years of kite flying experience both privately and professionally. He has instructed and consulted thousands of people on kiting from small children to senior citizens. In addition, Chris has given hundreds of personal, hands-on flying lessons to aspiring kite flyers. Chris has played an interregnal role in helping The Kite Loft grow and maintain it’s status as the world’s largest retailer of kites. He has learned his craft from two of the kite industry’s pioneers and most respected figures, Bill Osche and Jay Knerr, both of whom have been voted “Kite Person of the Year.” Chris has attended multiple national kite conventions and trade shows. He has participated in numerous kite festivals as both a participant and as a vendor. Chris trains and coaches a team that displays the largest daily kite air-show on the East Coast, for millions of summer tourists each year. Chris is an avid kite flyer who enjoys flying recreationally in his free time. He has flown, and mastered, just about every kind of kite imaginable. In 2002, Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a degree in Business Administration. He currently lives in Berlin, MD with his wife Kristie and daughter Marlow.
Chris Maxa: Hi! I am Chris Maxa with the Kite Loft. Today we are going to learn how to fly a kite. In this segment we are going to focus on how to bring your kite in kite line down. Once you come to the end of the day, and you are ready to pack it up. There are two ways to do this, with and without kite laundry on the line. The first method, and certainly most sure-fire way, is to simply do a hand-over-hand roll with your spool. This is simply done by allowing your thumbs to push, the rollers forward and the kite will gradually come in.
You are going to run into a problem when we get to our windsocks as we have detached earlier and you have a obstacle on the way. So, another method that I like to show you, is to simply allow your kite line to drop to the ground into the sand, or grass, or field or wherever you choose to fly. And you are going to pull the kite in, hand-over-hand, allowing it to reach the ground and fall freely.
Do not worry about your kite lines tangling, if you gradually walk forward, we could solve this problem, with the way I am going to show you how to reel it in. Now, that we have achieved our kite, and we brought it to the ground, in the beach here, its easy I can simply bury the nose of the kite into the sand.
Retrieve all our line laundry and the windsocks, and just remove them out of the Larks Head Knot. Beauty of the knot is that it slips freely and allows your kite line to remain one continues piece. The windsocks are a tricky thing what you are going to want to do, I choose to put it in my belt loop, or simply bury them in the sand if you have that option.
Today, I am going to bury it, retrieve my spool, and what I am going to do is, wind the kite line in, much easier than I would with the resistance of reeling it in, hand-over-hand. I am going to let spool sit in the crease of my elbow. After I do that I take my right hand and Ill simply spin it, hand-over-hand, walking towards the kite all the while. And its must simpler, faster and easier way to wind up your kite line. Now, that we have reeled the kite line to its entirety, we are going to remove the swivel from the keel of the kite. This can be done while standing, as I am doing, or you can certainly feel free to put it on the ground, and do it that way, it feels more comfortable to you.
Again, I put my spool underneath my arm, take this swivel clip, unhook it and remove it from the eyelid on the keel of the kite. That separates your kite from your line. I do not have any problem dropping my line right in the sand or on the ground, but you better remember hang on to the kite too, the wind does not stop, just because you do. This point we are going to remove the cross bar that we learned about earlier, from the pockets of both sides of the kite that takes the wind out of sail so to speak and makes clean up a lot easier with your kite. Once you have done this, you are going to basically go and reverse order from setup. By cleaning up your kite equipment properly, storing it in a proper fashion, it allows your kite to maintain a certain length of the lifetime. You can expect your equipment to last a whole lot longer, when you clean it up well and you store it properly. All those things are important when you are flying a kite. So, I hope this instructional video has been helpful, and get out there, fly your kite. Thank You.