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Issue 6: Kites…Life

There is a certain symmetry to life that can lead to some excellent things happening. Over the last week, this symmetry has gifted me. In early 1993, Vern Balodis, Al Hargus and I started a sportkite team, Captain Eddie’s Flying Circus. Shortly after we started, we recruited a new flier, Vicki Romanoff. We flew together […]

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Issue 6: Dave’s World

Two Great Events To Finish The Year Photos by Beth Drake, Mike Gillard, Robin Haas Well, I know it has already been said, but those of you who skipped the 21st AKA convention in Ocean Shores missed a pretty swell event. Management and organization was as smooth as ever, food was great, and the weather […]

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Issue 6: Tangents and Trivia

Chapter 6 The East Coast Stunt Kite Championships In May of 1986 Lee Sedgwick, Gary Counts and Sue Taft (Spectrum Flight) invited me to visit them in Erie, PA. “Al, there’s a huge beach and a lot of people visit Erie on Memorial Day weekend,” Lee told me. “But Lee, I heard that they are […]

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Issue 6: Cheat for Fun and Profit

Unplanned Landings At Improper Angles Before we hit the ground (sorry, couldn’t resist saying that) running, let me add an addendum to last issue’s discussion of wind rules. The new International Rule Book changes the timeframe for calling for windchecks. In league style precision, you can only request a windcheck up to the 1 minute […]

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Issue 6: 4Play

Eye of the Tiger?? This article may start with quadline, but again it will evolve into a general article about competing.  One of the most interesting issues about competing is how many incredible flyers no longer do it.  There is good reason for this. I started flying quadline because I had a natural knack for […]

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Issue 6: Doin’ It Indoors

Well, it is that time of year again. The days are becoming increasingly shorter and colder. It can only mean one thing: It’s time to put the outdoor kites in the closet and head for a gym with the indoor kites. For various reasons, I had not flown indoors for more than four months this […]

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Issue 6: Kitemaker Profile 1

Welcome back to Kitemaker Profiles for November/December! In this issue we will get an insight to two award winning kitemakers from the US. The first, Larry Mixon, is an all round kitemaker and flyer of both single line and dual line kites. The second kitemaker is Peter Betancourt, a well known dual line specialist kite […]

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Issue 6: Kitemaker Profile 2

Welcome back to Kitemaker Profiles for November/December! This issue we will get an insight into two award winning kitemakers from the US. The first, Larry Mixon, is an all round kitemaker and flyer of both single line and dual line kites. The second kitemaker is Peter Betancourt, a well known dual line specialist kite maker. […]

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Issue 6: UK View

Hi Folks. Well the season is over for me and it’s time to take a bit of time for myself and family. I feel like I need it as the last month was a very busy one. Sept’ started off with Bristol and Dieppe. Then it was off to Guernsey for a weekend and right […]

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Issue 6: Novice Class

Welcome back to class. Recently, the AKA competitive season ended (August 1). Let’s spend some time this month talking about competitive burn out. I’m not talking about kite flying burn out… just burn out from competing. There are ups and downs that we all go through when we choose to compete. I want novice competitors […]

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