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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Kite flyers took advantage of overcast and breezy conditions at Shell Island for the 5th Annual Cape Fear Kite Festival this weekend.

Kids and adults say windy weather is ideal for getting their colorful kites off the ground at Wrightsville Beach. But they say what seems like a pretty easy thing to do, actually takes serious kite flyers years of experience to perfect.

“It helps to have an assistant that is going to help you get something off the ground,” said veteran kite-flyer Michael Gerber. “But with wind like this, say maybe 10 to 12 miles an hour, things move along really well.”

Gerber started flying kites nearly a decade ago. He said he loves the look kids get when his kite ducks and dives through the air.

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