We got out there quite early– I was hoping to have Jak Jr. join us, but he would not relent to having shoes and socks put on his feet.
We were out there for a little while, and after the sun came out, a couple of kids joined us for some kite flying. So I went back home quickly to get my straw hat (it was overcast when we started– I didn't think I'd need it) some water bottles filled with water, and the digital camera.
This bad boy is one of Prism's Tensor series kites. It's a quad (4)-line power/traction kite. If you click through to see the pictures at full size, you'll see that he has it set up on the control bar, which is just basically a big long handle, but can be separated to two separate handles (two lines on each one). Here's a picture of it from the Prism website:
If you look again at the pictures, you'll see he's on a funny-looking skateboard with big wheels. That's a kiteboard. If you're not in a dune buggy, or on a surf board designed for kiteboarding, or figuring you'll jump into the air or be pulled along on some slick-soled shoes, you use something like that.
She was quite grateful that I stopped what I was doing for a moment to help untangle her lineset. I told her we had similar frustrations when we first started. But she was better set up than we were then– she had some good kite stakes to pin her lineset down. They were almost EXACTLY like what the Columbia River Kites folks described to me, with golf ball tops. But unlike theirs, which they made from metal rebar and actual drilled golf balls, these looked like they'd been manufactured that way.
We thanked them for joining us when they finally packed up and went home.