Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 6:48 PM on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blown up, down and around, kiters call Fest a success

Besides the white wave of campers, the most noticeable feature of the Homer Spit last weekend was the flock of multicolored kites flying nearly nonstop off the Mariner Park beach. Below the soaring spectacle fluttered an array of waiting kites and flags of sponsors and this great state.


Photographer: Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Kites and kiters in varying stages of use decorate the beach at Mariner Park on 2011's sunny, breezy Memorial Day.

The fourth annual KiteFest was a four-day extravaganza for seasoned and beginner kiters alike. Alaska's established kite scene was well-represented by boarders in the water and buggees on the beach, pulled by a range of kite models and sizes. Anyone who expressed interest could learn to fly a trainer kite from the comfort of their own two feet.

Weekend wind speeds of 15-20 miles per hour provided just enough gust for all levels to get high.

"It has been an amazing few days, everyone, and I am happy to say that at this year's event I finally feel like our original dream of getting people into the sport and bringing the Alaska kite scene closer together was realized," wrote Traveler Terpening, one of the event organizers, on the kitesurfalaska blog.