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Issue 48: Berck International Kite Festival

Take the largest kite festival you can find in North America and multiply the attendance on its busiest day by at least 10. Put this festival on the north coast of France, add in the World Sport Kite Championships (WSKC). Now to seal the deal, throw in an awful lot of wind on some days. […]

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Issue 48: Weifang International Kite Festival

Getting There… This was my third year in a row to attend this (wonderful) 23rd annual festival, and traveling to international events is always an adventure in itself, because unexpected things always happen along the way to most destinations, and this year was no exception. I leave north central Texas and drive 2 hours north […]

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Issue 48: Great Lakes Kite Festival

I think that 2003 was the first year my family and I went to the Great Lakes Kite Festival and we have tried to make it back every year since. Now in it’s 17th year, the festival is sponsored by Mackinaw Kites & Toys and is to benefit The Children’s Leukemia Foundation. It takes place […]

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Issue 48: Cutting Edge Spring Fling

You know, for many of us – attending / participating in kiting events is just a natural part of us, sort of a way of life, if you will. And for me, the whole experience starts when I turn the key on the kite-hauler and fire her up – on our way. So that simple […]

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Issue 48: White Rock Kite Festival

2006 marks the 5th year of the Festival of Wind, Waves & Water, held annually in White Rock, BC on the last weekend in April. White Rock, for those who haven’t been up this way before is quite literally the first town you’ll come across when you cross the border at the Peace Arch crossing […]

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Issue 48: Midwest Area Kitemakers Retreat

I just returned from the 18th annual Midwest Area Kitemakers Retreat, (MAKR,) in Oregon, Illinois. This was my third time attending and like my previous two visits, I made or renewed some great friendships, got to spend two and a half days immersed in kites and returned with four great items to add to my […]

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Issue 48: WKM Sport Kite Workshop

All right, so we find ourselves loading the kite-van on Friday morning, May 11th – headed for John Barresi’s first “Instructing” engagement with the World Kite Museum. And, amazing as it sounds, we’re actually out of Portland in good time, with an easy trip ahead of us. Up I-5 about 40 miles to Longview Washington, […]

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Issue 48: Wind Dancer Sky Dazzle

As we made our way to Seaside for the the second outdoor NWSKL event of 2006, I thought back to last year when winds were in the upper teens and twenties for most of both days and pouring rain… Flying a mega team with TKS Mid-Air and Cutting Edge the first morning, rain came down […]

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Issue 48: Cloud Buster Kite Fest

Mitchell Resort and RV Park in the small village of Perrin, Texas hosted their first annual Cloud Buster Kite Fest April 1st and 2nd, 2006. This small rural agricultural community in North Texas with a population of 250 welcomed this event for a great family fun time together. The nearby town of Mineral Wells, population […]

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Issue 48: Snowkite World Championship

Welcome to the 2006 Snowkite World Championship in Vadsø. The riders are now competing for the world championshiptitle in Vadsø, and the conditions are perfect. Varanger has perfect conditions for snowkiting. Long winter season and large snowy mountain plateaus combined with lots of wind are the important elements which makes Varanger to one of the […]

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