The Sundowners are perennial favorites in Atlantic Beach. Ken Osterlund, Gordon Osterlund, Craig Wong, and Randy Tom did ballet demos, flying four hyperkite stacks. The Sundowners often fly with six members but no one seemed to notice that the "big show" was a bit smaller this time.
Down at the big kite field, the fliers got a work-out. Through the two day festival, they launched an Octopus, Gecko, Fish, Trilobite, Manta Ray, Cat, Diver, and Giant Spikey Balls. Winds coming over the dunes were a bit gusty at times, but that just mean more action with the kites closer to the ground and pilots up high in the steadier winds.
In the main area, mass ascensions were scheduled at half hour intervals. Groups of deltas, roks, boxes went up, followed by "critters" and "art kites".
We also ran a series of Bol Races to wear out the local kids. For those of you not familiar with the "Running of the Bols", we strap children into ten foot rotating baskets and invite them to race upwind. It is a slow-motion steeplechase in soft sand but the kids line up for the chance to run again and again.
Free kitemaking was also on the schedule each day, and a popular candy drop. When winds disappeared at the appointed hour, organizers used a large sling-shot to propel the candy into the air. I shared the mic with host Don Dixon on both days. And here is a rare photo of Susie flying a sport kite.
Monday we drove back to the airport and began inching our way across the country toward home. We don't have any new kite travel scheduled until December but there is plenty of work to be done in the 'corporate offices". New designs are arriving weekly and we have two trade shows looming.
Check back next week for more news and a few surprises.