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! My name is Chris Maxa with the Kite Loft and today, we are going to learn how to fly a kite.
In this segment, we are going to talk about, where is a great place to fly a kite? There are numerous options for kite flying, any place that has an urban field, beach, parking lot, park; wonderful kiting spots. There are just several factors you have to consider before you go out and fly. After you pick the kite thats right for you, you are going to want to fly it. Now, where do we go? Turbulence is a factor whenever determining where to fly a kite. You are going to want to make sure that you have a good clear run of wind from behind you. So, you are going to want to choose a spot that has about a quarter to a half-a-mile of clearing behind you. Like I said, a beach is perfect a nice open park, a nice open farm field, they all serve as great spots to go flying your kite. You also want a factor in safety. Thats pretty important. You want to choose the spot that has no obstacles thats not going to yourself or anyone hurt. Safety is important because when it comes to kite flying it's an enjoyable sport and you just want to make sure that you maximize your fun without putting anyone at risk. Power lines are bad news, trees; they can eat your kite as Charlie Brown certainly found out. You are also going to want to make sure that you clear of any weather situations that may arise, so take note of that whenever you go fly. Whenever you fly and you have a perfect place to fly, feel free to get started.
In the next segment, we are going to show you how to put your kite together, assemble it and any anatomy thats important in flying that kite.