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. Today, we are going to learn how to fly a stunt kite.
In this segment, we are going to figure out where the best plot to fly for you is. Now, flying your stunt kite is going to be limited somewhat to geography, where you live is most likely where you are going to fly. Picking the right spot however is pretty important. Therere various factors that consider when you do pick the spot that you are ready to fly, whether itd be an open park, a clean beach, an open farm field or just a nice grassy spot. There are several things to consider before you start flying your stunt kite. You have to factor in your surroundings and your environment. Its important to note safety, thats really critical when you fly a stunt kite.
Safety is important because your particular equipment is going to be buzzing around pretty quick, and there is a line flying everywhere. You want the factor in, most importantly other human beings. Make sure that no one is in your field to fly, before you start flying. Thats an utmost important and you want to check that first. Once you are clear, all the people are out of your way, you also want to make sure that there is going to be no other obstacles such as power lines, trees or any other things that may get in the way and hinder your flight. Youll have to also make sure that you have a nice clean field and wind coming behind you. You probably want to get about a half a mile of clearance behind you simply so that that generates a nice breeze, steady and smooth, its best for flying stunt kite. We are down here to beach, so thats not a problem we have nice offshore breeze. Its going to be perfect for flying our stunt kite.
So, next we are going to show you, the anatomy, how to put your kite together, we will show that next.