Flying the Kite

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chris Maxa, General Manager of Kite Loft, in Ocean City, Maryland demonstrates how to fly your kite.

    Chris Maxa

    Chris 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, I am going to teach you, how to read the wind and learn, how to let your kite ascend and get it airborne.

    After, weve gone inside and we picked up the kite the kite we wanted and weve chosen it down to the perfect kite. Assemble the kite, you learned all the parts, you chose the right line and some decorations.

    Now, weve come out here to the flying field and we have chosen the beach, where we have a beautiful offshore wind and in reading the wind, you want to take note of which direction its coming from and how fast and hard the wind is blowing. Today, its perfect, we have an ideal 12-13 mile an hour wind, and its coming from the offshore, so it a really creates a nice comfortable breeze. Perfect kiting weather.

    What we do now in this segment, ready to how a launch our kite. If youre going to take a kite, put in your hand, I am going to switch to the other side and allow the kite to get in my left hand, while I hold the kite spool in my right. I allow the kite to get airborne, while holding the slow, grasp it with both hands and allow the kite to catch updraft and ascend into the air. Youll notice the kite starting sway back and forth a little bit, thats because I am holding it back its being tethered. If I allow the kite to ascend by letting out more and more line, youll notice that stability improves. What you want to do is, you want to allow your kite to achieve the perfect height. All the while of course holding your spool and then we are going to able to add line laundry and windsocks and decorate our kite. Well get to that in the next segment.