by Tom Power
(Charlottetown, PE, Canada)
Was hunting around for wind, there was a weather system rolling in, although I wasn't sure when. To my dismay it was getting late in the day.
So I found a field that crisscrossed into adjacent fields with treelines in between. As I rigged my big 15 I realized the wind was picking up. Finally I got it airborne and then realized how icy the snowpack was. After a few vain attempts at trying to avoid going downwind due to not getting an edge I decided to head for home.
As I was transitioning between 2 fields suddenly got a terrific gust sending me and the kite towards a large evergreen. I decided rather than go through I tried to do a 180 but of course that only pulled me up in the air and then 1 line just caught a branch. The kite then arced around the tree and smashed into the next old tattered tree downwind. It destroyed the kite, eating every fiber in it and shredding it!