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Get Outside: Go Fly a Kite


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With summer in full swing, it's prime time to get outside for some fresh air fun, and kite flying is a great option for a free summer activity that you never grow out of.

San Diego has several prime kite-flying spots, including beaches like South Carlsbad State Beach, Dog Beach, and the cliffs above Black's Beach.

Mission Bay Park is also a great spot, as well as the meeting place of the San Diego Kite Club. Daniel Willan, the club president suggests Mariners Point, Tecolote Shores North and Fiesta Island as prime destinations for kite flying. The club meets every second Saturday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mission Bay Park.

If you're a newbie to kite flying, some important things to remember are:

  • You are always responsible for your kite and its line.
     
  • Never fly your kite over roads, over other people, near airports, or in airplane flight paths.
     
  • Never fly in stormy weather or near power lines. Wet line is conductive!
     
  • Don't underestimate the power of the wind. Always wear gloves when flying a hard-pulling kite.
     
  • Don't let a young child fly a kite that needs more than 30-lb. flying line and always accompany them on their first flights.

Now, the only thing left to get is the kite itself. If you're like me and haven't flown a kite since you were a kid, you'll be amazed at how far kites have come. Fom their inspired designs to how easily they take to the skies, today's high fliers are a far cry from the kites of yore. San Diego is home to several kite stores, including Kite Flite is Seaport Village and Kite Country on Sports Arena Blvd. You can also find a good selection at outdoor stores like REI and even World Market.

Here are 6 options to get you ready for an afternoon of kite-flying, all for under $30.

This Balinese boat kite ($19.99) from World Market, and this 5 foot long shark kite ($29.99) from Kite Flite San Diego both make a powerful first impression.

Or, try a more traditionally-shaped kites like a penta cat kite ($25.00) from Kite Flight San Diego, or a silk phoenix kite ($19.99), complete with tangling feet and a long, streaming tail from World Market.

REI's line of Prism kites are both easy and fun to fly. The Atom kite ($28) is especially easy to fly, and with a tug on the string, it can perform tumbles and tricks. This kite requires no assembly and folds flat for easy storage. The Flip kite ($28) is a rotor-style kite that's easy to fly and fun to watch. As the kite lifts into the sky, the spinning rotor creates vivid, colorful graphics that give the kite a kaleidoscope effect.

Get outside and go fly a kite!

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