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Issue 41: Tangents w/out Trivia

“If it’s too loud! Your too old!” I think everyone has heard that expression. Maybe some of you have even said it before! It was an expression coined many years ago? Trust me, I was one of the people that said it back in the 60’s and 70’s. Sorry! But some music just needs to […]

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Shawn and Patty GISKC

Issue 41: ProFile with Shawn and Patty Tinkham

When we first approached Shawn and Patty Tinkham about the possibility of a Kitelife  interview with the two of them, we mentioned that they seemed to be the “Poster Children” for Eastern League competitors.  Shawn, in his acceptance email, fired back “Poster Children?  Well Post Office ‘Mug Shots,’ maybe…” Well, nothing could be further from […]

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Issue 41: From Kite Fright to Kite Trains

This personal episode is written as an inspiration for those of you who doubt your abilities to enter the exciting world of stunt kiting by clinging to procrastination. It is not as scary as it appears and with serious practice and dedication, success can be yours. Occasionally, we flyers remember our first kite training session […]

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Issue 41: Flying High Down Under

Kitelife last reported on Bob Moore’s World Record Altitude attempt in our November/December issue, and we’re happy to report he’s still on track and working toward his scheduled attempt. To recap: November 11, 2004 Hello kite fliers, I live in Sydney, Australia and have been flying kites intermittently for over 40 years. In the last […]

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Issue 41: Kite Party 3

With so many competitions and festivals around the country, Kite Party was created with the idea of a more laid back environment in which fliers and kite makers could show up without it being “work”, giving them the opportunity for more socialization and leisure flying rather than running around doing demos and judging all the […]

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Issue 41: Uttarayan International Kite Festival

After being asked for the second time in a row to attend the Uttarayan International Kite Festival held on January 11th through 15th of this year in Ahmedabad, India, I without hesitation shot off a reply to the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat saying – Oh yea!! Now if you have never heard about or experienced […]

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Traditional Malaysian Kite Maker

Issue 41: Festival Layang-Layang

When Troy Gunn asked, “Kelly, would you like to travel to Malaysia and fly kites for a King?” I think it took about 30 seconds to think about my answer… I started my journey at 6:00 in the morning in Austin, Texas. We arrived in Singapore at midnight and arrived at the Hotel in Pasir […]

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Issue 41: Fort Worden Kitemakers Retreat

This year I had the pleasure of attending the 22nd annual Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference.  Last year I won a scholarship at the Whidbey Island kite festival, and then was shocked when they called my name as a winner in the feedback raffle. After a challenging sewing machine experience last year, I was determined to […]

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Issue 41: Up The River Indoor Festival

So, John and your humble “geezer” are on the road again for the Up The River Indoor Festival held February 4-6, 2005… Bright and early on a Saturday morning, off on a 140 mile jaunt to Arlington, Oregon straight east, right up the Columbia River from Portland. The trip goes easy and well, and we […]

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Issue 41: 3Snowkite World Championships

February 10th (unofficial) From February 14th to 20th of 2005, sport fans and party people will flock to Obertauern in order to take off and celebrate with the elite of the snowkite scene. During the “2005 3Snowkite World Championships,” national and international stars of this trendy sport will meet for the first time on Austrian […]

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