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It’s been a long time since we’ve published anything for our online magazine (March 2014 to be exact), almost exactly one and a half years has passed with many adventures and changes on this end – other than some forum discussion and social media posts, I’ve never actually published a clear article about the magazine’s inactivity so you have […]

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Kites… Life.

Working up toward a point, I’d like to highlight the fact this is the first article I’ve written for KiteLife since March 17th and the first “Kites… Life” article I’ve submitted since September 12th of 2012, just one month after agreeing to serve as AKA President… During the months in-between, I’ve had incomparable highs and […]

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Kites… Life: It goes on!

Well, I haven’t done one of these since February 24th and I figured it’s high time with some new stuff on the horizon (how little I knew when I titled my LAST entry into this column)… With a little downtime at the airport on my way to Marseille, France today, I didn’t want to miss this […]

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Kites… Life: New Horizons

A long strange road, but the sun is rising! Please bear with me as I’m in a very nostalgic mood (again), but I think it’s critical to explain a little about how Kitelife has developed… It really does seem like eons ago that I first heard about my friend Mike Gillard’s efforts to start up […]

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Issue 81: Kites… Life.

New kites to look out for… The SuperFly After working with Carl Robertshaw for many years, we’ve been wondering if “le petite phenom” Chris Goff would start producing his own high-end kites… Well, wonder no more! The SuperFly Teaser from ChrisGoffKites on Vimeo.     Per his website: After over 8 months of development and countless […]

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Issue 80: Kites… Life.

Where are we, and where are we going? Here we are again, this time for our 80th issue of Kitelife… When I took over the reins from my friend Mike Gillard in January of 2003, I had no idea where it would lead, but I’m pretty pleased with what we’ve done over the past fifty-three […]

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Flying with the Singapore kite family

Issue 79: Kites… Life.

Singapore is booming! For the past 3-4 years I’ve been observing a modern kiting phenomenon in Singapore with great interest… While there is an ancient tradition of kiting in this part of the world, modern kite designs, technology and techniques were not widespread in Singapore (SG) until the past several years. Near the beginning of […]

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Issue 78: Kites… Life.

Changing the game From the beginning of sport kite competition (circa 1987), participants were very active not only as competitors but as vocal influences on the very course of this sport… This was the case right up through 2006-2007, when things seemed to get stall somewhat, especially with regard to progression of the sport. Granted, […]

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Issue 77: Kites… Life.

Japan, kiting and disaster relief! 日本語バージョンはこちら While John usually writes this column, I felt moved to report on the recent events in Japan, particularly news from the kiting community there as it’s near and dear to my heart having moved from my home in Tokyo just one year and a half ago. We had just […]

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Issue 77: Kites… Life. (Japanese)

世界のカイトフライヤーから全ての日本のカイトフライヤーへ Click here to read this article in English いつもはこの「Kites…life」コーナーにおいて編集長であるジョンがコラムを書いていますが、3月11日に日本を襲った未曾有の大震災において、改めて自分が日本人だと思い知らされ、アメリカに居る故に何もできないように思える焦燥感とカイトを通じて何ができるだろうかという思いから今回は私が執筆させていただきました。

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