How to Fly a Kite

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chris Maxa, General Manager of Kite Loft, in Ocean City, Maryland demonstrates how to fly a 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! My name is Chris Maxa. I am the General Manager of Kite Loft, here in Ocean City, Maryland. I have about 15 years of kiting experience and for about half of those, I have been getting paid to do it. I have attended various kite seminars, summits, trade shows and festivals, both as a merchant and as a participant. Today, we are going to learn how to fly a kite.

    We are going to show you everything you need to know to get started in kite flying. We are going to help you pick the right kite, show you where to fly the kite, show you how to put your kite together. How to judge the wind? Whats appropriate, whats not for kiting and most importantly having a sense of adventuring in flying that kite?

    Any materials you may need, we are going to touch on those as well. We are going to show you what the kite includes? What does foil mean, a line, a tail, windsock, anything you need to have fun. Inherently with kiting there are some safety issues. We are going to over those as well. Anything that may get in the way of you having that fun with your kite, human factors, power lines, trees, any other obstacles, turbulence or weather of course. So, if you are ready, let's get started and go fly a kite.