Telescoping Poles are ideal for banner poles and flagpoles. They are available in several lengths and include end caps to keep the pole parts contained when they're collapsed. Always put the end caps in a place where you can find them since poles without caps can become quite cumbersome. When collapsed they are about 4 feet in length. A length of re-bar (4' works fine) pounded into the sand makes for an inexpensive and sturdy mount just slide the pole over the re-bar. All sizes have reinforced eyelets on the tips to which you can attach windsocks, kites, streamers and simple pole fishing.