- Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:24 pm »
Wind must have been cranking, the kite did not look that large.
Thinking about it a bit more. Notice how steep the mountain / slope is behind him. The wind has no choice but to follow the lay of the land, and that was up the hill, so instead of say 20 knot horizontal wind (as we are usually accustomed to), close to the slope it becomes a 20 knot up lifting wind --- yikes, no wonder he went vertical.
You will see this affect to a much lesser extent on 13th Beach where the sand dunes rise steeply. Go close to them with your kite and you will feel an increase in lift -- the uplift effect due to the sand dunes.