The problem is, where I live, we don't get consistent enough wind for me to practice. At the beach, the wind is usually strong enough and consitent enough for me to fly. I have several kites, too for various wind.
Where I live, we get 5mph wind which is barely enough even for my light wind kite, or we get 25-30mph, too strong for almost any stunt kite. At the beach, usually a nice 10-15mph wind is present and steady...perfect for kite flying.
Not sure if your from the US, but two weekends ago, there was a front that moved in that flooded Nashville and other parts of the country. At any rate, this was a day before we got the rain down in PCB. The wind was coming out of the south at about 30mph. That kite is a small stunt kit, so it takes more wind to get it moving. I have a larger kite which takes very little wind to get up, and it would have been ripped to shreds with winds like that. But yes, it was fun trying to control it. There were also horrible rip currents because of the wind. The gulf has small waves compared to the Atlantic, but not the weekend we were down.