Steve take a look at this kite. http://dynakite.corecommerce.com/Stunt-Foil-Kites/X-Kite-Stunt-Kites/
Well under your price limit at only $29.99. I have one and it's great for beginners. Fly's very well and is very well made. hollow tube Fiberglass frame. The lines and handle it come with are a little sad so I don't use them. This is the kite I let absolute beginners try. It can take big crashes with ease.
Thanks Exhult. I will definately look at some of those options. I like the fishing pole bag idea and need to research the cleanup bag more. Also I was in chatt the other night and dragon gave me links to plans to make my own. I will definately loon into that also and keep you all posted on my bag that I get or make.
Most useful bit of advice - look at the part you want to remain static. Visually stapling it to the sky so to speak.
In the case of a vertical tip pivot, the next most useful thing is to drive the whole kite forward an inch or two before initiating the pivot. The length of the drive depends on how much you want to hide it's existence.
In the case of horizontal tip pivots, gravity and momentum are your friend.
I am indeed at flying at Clover Pt.
I fly whenever I can get time and there's wind. But therein lies the challenge. Generally I try to get out on a weekend at minimum, but never any set time. If I head out Tuesday or Thursday, I'll keep an eye out for you.