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Issue 47: South Padre Island Festival

Friday morning found me catching a Continental flight from PDX to Houston where I transferred to the much smaller plane that would take me to the Brownsville airport, about 15 minutes from South Padre Island (SPI)… Admiring the beautiful view on the way in, we encountered some pretty hefty wind shear which required us to […]

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Issue 47: Up the River Indoor Festival

Tucked away in the dashboard of the MonkeyMobile (a blue 2005 Mustang lately!) I have a nice map of the Pacific Northwest, that’s laminated nicely, folds well, and tolerates drink spills. For most destinations around here, I don’t need one as I have been to festivals there before but this time, it was off to […]

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Issue 47: Kites for Wishes Festival

This was the 2nd International Kite Festival held on the beautiful Island of Guam and once again David Gomberg and I were very lucky to have been invited to represent our counties along with other featured flyers representing their countries. Japan, Australia, Korea, also many kite flyers of Guam. It was also great to once […]

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Issue 47: Festival Layang Layang

In mid February I had the opportunity to attend the Pasir Gudang kite festival in Malaysia.  This is a huge Annual International kite festival. This year there were 170 invited guests from all over the world. The trip there and back was grueling. It took 24 hours to get there, 16 hours nonstop from San […]

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Issue 47: Kite Party 4

I attended Kite Party for the first time last year, and enjoyed it so much that I had to make a return trip… Besides, February in Oregon is enough to make anyone crave some sun, sand and good wind. Organized by Dave Shenkman of The Kite Connection in Huntington Beach, this unique event isn’t even […]

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Issue 47: Zilker Park Kite Festival

This year I had the pleasure of attending the 78th annual Zilker Park Kite Festival put on by the Exchange Club of Austin. Bunnie and Dorsey Twidwell-Jackson serve as the organizers for the event. The Zilker Kite Festival is the longest running festival in Austin, Texas. It is also the longest, continuously running kite-making contest […]

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Issue 47: Review – French Connection

Specifications Manufacturer: New Tech Kites Model: French Connection Wingspan: 90 ” Height: 41″ Weight: 354g Type of kite: Polyvalent (tricks and precision). Materials: PC31, skyshark p200 and 5pt. Source for test kite: Manufacturer Available from these fine retailers: Kites R Us, The Kite Shoppe Photos by Robert Randolph Quality of Construction The French Connection’s (referred […]

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Issue 47: Review – Freestylist

Specifications Manufacturer: Skyburner Kites Model: Freestylist Wingspan: 88″ Height: 41″ Weight: 298g Type of kite: Polyvalent (tricks and precision) Materials: Nylon, Skyshark p-200. Source for test kite: Manufacturer Available from these fine retailers: A Wind of Change, The Kite Shoppe Photos by Robert Randolph Quality of Construction The Freestylist’s construction is fantastic. The seams are […]

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Issue 47: Review – Nebula

Specifications Manufacturer: Ron Phipps Model: Nebula Wingspan: 84″ Weight: 317g Type of kite: Polyvalent (tricks and precision) Materials: Pc31, Prismatex, Avia GForce, Avia .2300 spine. Source for test kite: Manufacturer Available from these fine retailers: Four Winds Kite Shop Photos by Robert Randolph Quality of Construction The Nebula’s construction is peculiar, but not bad, in […]

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Issue 47: Festival Layang-Layang (Gallery)

Photos by Brian Champie

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