Today is “Ride the Wind” Day! On August 23rd 1977, the Gossamer Condor 2 flew a distance of 2,172 meters; it was the first human powered flight. To celebrate the last few days of summer, we are taking a look at some great ways to soar above the earth and ride the wind!
Enjoying the last few days of summer can mean many things to many folks. But on Ride the Wind Day, take a few moments and leave your worries behind. The summer breezes are waiting for you!
Let’s start the celebration with this amazing video of the dangerous, but incredibly fascinating sport of Wingsuit Flying. Never heard of it? Well, check this out!
Did you know? The windiest place in the world is Port Martin, Antarctica, which has an average wind speed over a year of 64 km/h (40 mph). It experiences gale force 8 winds for over a hundred days a year! Hairspray doesn’t have a chance!
Kite Flying 101 Glicee Print by Rebecca Stringer Korpita
Did you know? There are over 50 million kites sold in North America every year. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the world with more adult kite flyers than children.
Kite Pendant by Artyscapes
Did you know? There is at least one kite festival every weekend in some part of the world. Some are even held indoors. Kites come in all shapes and sizes. Some Japanese kites even weigh as much as two tons!
Wind and Waves Kitesurfer iPhone Case by Stephanie Kiker Designs
Did you know? The strongest wind gust recorded on the surface of the earth is 371km/h (231 mph) at Mount Washington, New Hampshire (USA) on 12 April 1934.
Winds of Change Wooden Plaque by Heartful Signs
Did you know? The United States generates more wind energy than any other country except China, and wind accounts for 35 percent of all newly installed U.S. electricity generation capacity over the last four years.
Come Sail Away with Me Necklace by Glowfly Designs
Folks have been harnessing wind energy since as early as 5000 BC! As early as 5000 BC, people were using wind energy to help boats move. In 200 BC, some windmills were pumping water in China.
We Cannot Direct the Wind Keychain by Risky Beads
“Kite Moves” Original Painting by Barbara Walsh
So, enjoy the breezes of summer, celebrate Ride the Wind Day with your favorite fun activity. And be sure to check out some of these amazing shops on Etsy. Beautiful work!
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