I thought I'd chime in to show that not all kite fliers are men. My husband and I became interested in kiting after attending the local kite festival a couple of times. We decided it looked like fun and wanted to join in. Both of us had flown the classic paper diamond kite as kids but it didn't get much further as we grew older. That is until our daughter left for college. We started with a nice single line kite by White Bird kites. We were lucky enough to have a kite shop nearby and so met other kiters and became involved with the local kite club.
While we both still fly single line kites, I became fascinated with vintage dual line stunt kites. Especially those made in the 1990s. I love the slow graceful movements of those large kites. I found myself becoming a collector of kites from such makers as Sky Delight and Top of the LIne. At the same time, I began collecting the dragon kites made by White Bird. My husband preferred the single line kites, particularly cellular kites, rokkakus and flowforms. We have lost count of the number of kites we have when it went over 200. And, believe it or not, they all get taken out of the bag and flown one time.
After retirement, we began traveling to nearby kite festivals as well as becoming more involved in our local kite festival. At these smaller festivals, we have met some good kiting friends. Some we don't see often but that doesn't seem to matter. There is a camaraderie among kite fliers that transcends time and place.
Over the past couple of years, I've become more interested in flying kite stacks and quad-line kites. I have a nine-stack and a six-stack of Hyperkites, a five-stack of Goblins, and several stacks of Trlbys. I'm still learning how to fly my quad-line kites and have not reached the point where I'm comfortable flying closely with others.
For us, kite flying is stress relieving and relaxing. And it gets us out of the house and into the fresh air and sunshine. It keeps us active and moving. We have a group of close friends that we fly with every week, weather permitting. And when the weather does not cooperate, we "hang out" at the local kite shop.
Beyond the flying, I also make kites and have a blog about our flying and the kites we own.
Sorry if I've gotten long-winded. Hope some of this helps your research.