The Sea Monster Kite (seaweed sail & driftwood skeleton)

FeaturedContest Winner
Picture of The Sea Monster Kite (seaweed sail & driftwood skeleton)
When I was a kid growing up the best place to fly a kite was always at the beach. The powerful wind from the ocean would toss my kite neatly into the sky, and then turn it in a ballet of loops and twirls. When I was walking along the coast of Alameda in San Francisco the other day, I saw a handful of  thin and hollow driftwood pieces on the shore. This sparked the idea for creating a kite entirely sourced from the ocean. I was flying out to Boston the next day, so I bubble wrapped the driftwood I had collected, and after some confused and perhaps concerned looks from TSA I made it all the way to the Atlantic. I visited Revere Beach with a friend and collected two buckets full of green and brown seaweed. I proceeded to build the kite's skeleton out of driftwood and twine, I developed the sail by layering and gluing the seaweed, and then mounted the sail with green sewing thread. It came about a bit heavier than I wanted, and I definitely would do it  differently a second time (see last step), it was only really able to 'fly' (or should I say flop around) for a bit due to heavy wind. I received some advice from User Kiteman on how the design might be improved. Obviously this project is not conventional, as it is very easy to make a less time consuming and more functional kite, but I wanted to make something a little different and learn in the process. I hope you enjoy it!

Although I made this project on my back porch at home, theoretically it shouldn't be too hard to build during a full day at the beach with the family. It could be a great project to teach younger kids about being resourceful and creative with natural materials. 

Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up
antioch1 year ago
This is not just incredibly cool and a pretty courageous project to undertake but it will also come in handy in all those scenarios that all your main-stream preppers have NOT thought of yet!
The Smoky Badger (author)  antioch1 year ago
Malco2221 year ago
At first I thought this idea was a little fishy but after reading through the steps I couldn't kelp myself from trying it! VERY creative well done!!!
Wow! I didnt realize you could make a foil with sea weed! Cool!