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Issue 58: Empty Spaces: Rick Gardner

Kiting lost a cherished friend recently, Rick Gardner. judging by the posts contained within the Gone With The Wind forum, Rick was a well respected person with a long and varied history in kiting. Below, long time friend Vern Balodis shares his thoughts with us all : The skies above are blessed with the passing […]

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Issue 58: Featured Store: Elmer’s Flag and Banner, Kites Too!

Each month we’ll be featuring one of the fine retailers who have been so supportive of Kitelife and other areas of the kiting community…The retailers you’ll find here are established, proven vendors. Elmer’s Flag and Banner, Kites Too! 1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232 Toll free 800-547-8795 Tel. (503)282-1214 Fax (503)282-2481 Floor space 4000 […]

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Issue 58: IGA Coolum International Kite Festival

Last April 2007 while attending the Weifang Intl Kite Festival in China, I met and became friends with Steve Donovan and Big Alan Bayley, both are from Brisbane, Australia. During that time, Steve and Alan had asked me if I would be interested in coming to Australia in Late Sep and early Oct, to be […]

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Issue 58: Dead Bird Buggy Bash

What does a clumsy land dwelling, single-line kite flying, Yankee- decide to do for Thanksgiving of 2007? Live on a sailboat for ten days off the coast of Galveston, Texas, while attending the dead bird buggy bash, of course. What is the Dead Bird Buggy Bash you ask? According to the ‘official’ web site: “The […]

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Issue 58: Treasure Island Kite Festival

To properly tell a tale, one should always set the tone from when the tale begins. So, let me paint a picture for you. When I left Vancouver, BC to head to what is pretty much the diagonal opposite of the continent (that being Treasure Island, just outside of St. Petersburg, Florida), it was a […]

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Issue 58: Wind Party 2007

I’ve been at this a few years now, and I’ve had a chance to learn a few things… First off – there are kite festivals…  Yup, the nice small and medium sized regionals… And then some Kite Festivals with a capital “F”… These are major fests, often combined with a Championship Competition, but not always… […]

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Issue 58: Yokohama Kite Festival

25 November dawned on clear skies, oodles of sunshine – – but NO WIND!!!! Not a happy picture for our day in the sun with friends for the annual beach-side kite fly at the Yokohama Kite Club. Four of us, members of the Musashi Kite Club* left our neck of the woods at eight in […]

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Issue 58: Great Texas Kite Club Fun Fly

It all began in 2006 when a couple of Texas kitefliers suggested we do a fun fly for the Texas clubs at Rockport since we used to have a AKA Competition event here in May and everyone likes to fly here..  So we set a January 2007 date, sent out some Emails, put up some […]

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Issue 58: Dunstable Rev Clinic

Editor’s Note : In what seems like a growing trend lately, large groups of Rev flyers are gathering for weekends of learning and play. With that, we have Fraser McNelly reporting in on the second rev training weekend that’s been held in England. We’d also like to thank all the flyers who contributed photos through […]

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Issue 58: Townsville Kite Fest

We just finished attending the Coolum Kite Festival in Coolum Beach, QLD Australia, Sep 22-23, 2007 and after 2 days of doing bit of usual tourist stuff around Coolum Beach and a couple of other nearby coastal tourist towns, we caught a flight on wednesday Sep 26 (my birthday) from Brisbane to Townsville. The distance […]

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