We are just getting started kiting again this year in Tennessee, so I thought it might be interesting to start a post to see how people are kiting in spots other than nice beaches and shallow waters. No hate here, I am envious of people who live in good kiting spots, but some of us do what we have to do to get wind where we can.
We mostly kite on Kentucky Lake (in Tennessee) across from Paris Landing. We almost always boat launch so we can get away from the turbulent winds next to the shores. In the fall we can sometimes find water shallow enough to stand in, but mostly it is a deep water operation. Last year we had great success improving our boat launch methods.
Winds are never as forecast, so we usually take a couple of kites out. 2 to 4 kites and 3 or 4 boards can sure load down a boat.
Inflating the kite on the boat can always be an adventure, but a good D ring and a padded engine cover seem to work fine. Swimming the bar out and then putting the kite in the water for a drift launch is always the safest option, although sometimes we do float the kite first when the winds are light.
Kite fishing is sometimes part of the deal, but when you invest that much effort to get rigged and in the water, sometimes you have to wait to get launched (Tommy boy syndrome
Eventually we get flying and life is good. The nice thing here is that when the wind blows, you usually have the whole lake to yourself.
I look forward to hearing about and seeing other interesting kiting locations and situations.