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Issue 72: From the Editor

Well, I suppose I’d like to open up this issue of Kitelife by looking forward to the next one and encouraging you to take advantage of the resources we offer by sending in event reports, club or flier profiles, kite plans, photo galleries, historical pieces, “pre-event” press release articles, or anything that you might think […]

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Issue 72: Kites… Life.

Welcome to my ramble zone, there’s no shortage this time around and I’m feeling a little blunt at the moment so here goes… One of the things I’ve become keenly aware of when I attend festivals is where the spectators and kitefliers actually meet or overlap during events, how often, in what context, etc, etc… […]

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Issue 72: AKA Corner

AKA Corner Resources, downloads and convention! Greetings.  Barbara Meyer, AKA President, asked if I would fill in this time.  Those of you that know me are aware that I compete with sport kites.  As a Novice competitor I was pretty clueless about what I was supposed to do on the competition field.  Let’s just say […]

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Issue 72: Dave’s World – Japan Tour Part 1 – Yes, We Can!

Mike Agner, Jim Martin, and Al Sparling were waiting for me at Narita Airport when I landed. I’d enjoyed an intense 36 hours at home — which was much better than the 12 originally scheduled. I’d driven Susie to Portland for her flights to Maryland. (More about that in a future Update). And then I’d […]

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Issue 72: Dave’s World – Japan Tour Pt 2 – Shi Tomodachi

Shi means “four” in Japanese. And tomodachi are “friends”. After a week sleeping on futons in the same room, Al, Mike, Jim and I were pretty tomodachi! On the top floor are the JKA offices and the famed Japan Kite Museum. I think Jim was most impressed with the collection of miniature kites. Mike was […]

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Issue 72: Dave’s World – Japan Tour pt 3 – Kite Frenzy in Hamamatsu

Wah-shoi! Wah-shoi! — the chanting is everywhere!! You hear it on the festival field, in the street parades and at neighborhood parities. The chanting is accompanied by the undulating and repetitive pounding of the kite music blasted by hundreds of drums, bugles and whistles. Soon you begin to hear it in your dreams. Hamamatu is […]

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Issue 72: News Reel

AFGHANISTAN-AMERICA: As a boy, Behrooz learned the craft and science behind kites, as did many children in Afghanistan. There were three kinds of kites: fighting, leisure and, for lack of a better term, luminary. AUSTRIAN: Dozens of passenger planes had to be diverted from Vienna International Airport (VIA) after an Austrian flew three kites […]

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Issue 72: Drachen Archives: A Collection of National Treasures

It is a bit humorous to talk about “humans” being artifacts and treasures, but such is the case with Dr. Paul Eubel , Nobuhiko Yoshizumi (Yoshi) and the infamous collection of kites, known for almost 20 years as ART KITES. The history is simple:  The vision of Dr. Paul Eubel as the director of the […]

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Issue 72: Kite Comics

This issue marks the second set of kite cartoons we’ve had made for Kitelife Magazine, courtesy of Dan Thompson (Funny Cartoonist)… These two were just made “off the cuff”, but we’d like to start sending Dan some photos for inspiration now and then, photos which might aptly display some of the humorous situations we sometimes […]

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Issue 72: Bay Area Sundowners – 30 years and still flying!

With their signature stacks of thirteen Hyperkites pulling 40’ long tails, The Bay Area Sundowners have the distinction of being one of the oldest and most entertaining kite flying teams in the world today. In 1980 Mix McGraw put together a four person team, flying stacks of twelve Rainbow Kites at the Marina Green in […]

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