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Patchwork Nation: Catching the Wind on Oregon’s Central Coast

BY JOANNE ELGART JENNINGS AND JASON LELCHUK  December 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM EST

Perfect wind conditions brought on by Lincoln City’s location halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, have made kite flying a popular sport here. Steve Lamb, owner of Catch the Wind Kite Shop, has been making and selling kites for thirty years. His operation, which once employed almost seventy employees, with benefits, has taken a hit during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009.

Now, he’s down to one shop and two employees.

Still he’s passionate about kite-flying and is optimistic about the future. “I think that we’re going to weather this recession, myself and our community. People, after a winter of being boxed in, will just rush to the beach. And I think it’s the same way with a bad economy. When it suddenly starts getting back to normal, people are going to be so ready for that – here they come.”

Here, Lamb describes the art of flying a kite.

With contributions for camera from Malcolm Brown and music from Kevin MacLeod.