Some great Kite Shops along the Oregon Coast.
From north to south:
Coast Kite Shop
Once Upon A Breeze
240 North Spruce Street
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Pinky's Kite Factory
339 Fir Street
Cannon Beach, Oregon
580 Marine Drive
407 Southwest Coast Highway
262 U.S. 101
Flying a Kite
If you are looking for a day of fun at the beach, flying a kite
may be your ticket. Flying kites is an affordable activity the whole family
can enjoy and the Oregon Coast is a kite flyers' paradise.
In fact, some argue that it's the best place in North America to fly kites.
The almost continuous wind stream coming in from the Pacific Ocean
makes everyday a kite day. The best conditions for flying a kite is
when the wind is not too strong or too weak. It seems like the
wind is just perfect for kite flying all the time at the Oregon Coast.
The Oregon Coast is also perfect for kite flying because of all the
wide-open beaches. You don't have to worry about roads, power lines,
buildings, big trees and so on. You can just run with your kite
as much as you want, letting as much line out as you please.
There are many kinds of kites. Kids kites, inflatables, dual line kites,
lifters, and so on. To start out, find a sturdy, single line, solid kite
and then move up from there as your skill level increases. The three
main kinds of kites are listed below:
Basically, a plain kite with one line attached to it. It's easy to get up
in the air and it stays up there with little effort from the flyer. It's great
for young kids. We recommend that instead of simply picking the cheapest
off the rack, choose a sturdy, solid, slightly higher priced model.
We also found that many of the traditional diamond or triangle shaped
kites work much better than some of the more intricate designs like a fish,
bird, or octopus. However, you may want to "pretty up" the traditional kite
with tails and streamers.
The single-line kite described above just sits in the air and you can't
control it, but a dual-line kite enables you to maneuver the kite around and
makes it a much more active kite experience.
This type is for serious kite flyers who want to take kite flying to the
next level. This kite can actually drag you along the Oregon Coast beaches,
and even slightly pull you up in the air. This is fun!
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Good advice from one of our visitors: Take the time to read the kite
assembly instructions. Taking the time to put the kite together properly will assure
a great kite-flying day. You don't want to spend the day chasing after pieces of
NOTE: Do not fly kites during lightning or rainstorms, as wet kites attract
lighting. Also, be considerate of others and don't fly kites over their heads. It is
easy to find unpopulated beaches on the Oregon Coast with plenty of room to avoid
Kite flying is a huge sport on the Oregon Coast. There are several kite
festivals held every year. In Lincoln City, the Oregon Coast Kite Capital, they even
have an indoor kite festival. These festivals feature large kites, decorative
kites, contests, build your own kite, and so much more. They are defiantly worth a