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Issue 40: From the Editor

It’s been a lonely winter holed up here in Oregon without any kite festivals to attend… But, we’ve been busy getting in touch with people from all over the world in our efforts to stimulate and connect the kiting community as a whole.  As a global body, we’re in a year of rebuilding and are […]

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Issue 40: AKA Corner

Who has the biggest? The fastest? The longest tail? Kitefliers, like most other people, seem drawn to making comparisons and making claims. Sure, lots of people are in it for the fun and could care less. But others want to know what the record is. And now we have the means to tell them. AKA […]

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Issue 40: Dave’s World: KTAI

The “Gomberg Crew” has just returned from the 17th Annual Kite Trade Convention — this year held in Primm Nevada. As many of you know, this is an annual exhibition where manufacturers and distributors offer products to kite retailers. Forty exhibitors filled 100 booths. (GKPI had six spaces.) About 100 buyers were represented among the […]

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Issue 40: Letters to the Editor

We don’t hear from our visitors HARDLY enough, and are always thrilled to post comments when we get them… It’s your feedback that helps us streamline, and gives us additional insight into what we do here. I couldn’t begin to express how important your comments are, and I’d like to personally invite each and every […]

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Issue 40: ProFile with Aerial Experience

In a time when the kite flying community is very much reaching out for greater exposure in the realm of professional performance status, there is a duo doing exactly that… Lee and Debbie Park first came on the kite scene through a chance meeting just about 3 years ago, and have since become one of […]

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Issue 40: Full Circle… Got Kites?

In the late 80s kiting saw the spread of home grown kite events around the country, inspired and created by daily fliers who simply wanted to share their passion with others in a more organized fashion… This eventually brought us to the heyday of kiting through the early and mid 90s which saw dozens of […]

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Issue 40: ProFile with Robert Valkenburgh

On a trip to a kite festival in Taiwan last September, I was exposed to something I’d had never seen before at any of the events throughout the USA… Kinetic sculptures (generally harmonic of nature), or “Wind Gardens” which I found out are fast becoming a staple at events all over Europe!  One of the […]

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Issue 40: Tangents w/out Trivia

I recall that I flew kites as a kid just like almost everyone else did. I have no major memories of that childhood kiteflying, and I guess that it was just typical “kid stuff” at the time! Many of you know how that story goes, you buy a paper Hi Flier diamond for a quarter, […]

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Issue 40: ProFile with Rob Vreeland

A couple of years ago Steve Hall of GWTW and I were yakking about kite photography, including words about some of the better practitioners of the art. We’d kicked around such august luminaries as John Chilese and Dan Whitney, when Steve mentioned that GWTW’s webmaster was another one that really should be considered. Well, I’d […]

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Issue 40: Remembering Cris Batdorff

In 1987 I was flying with Eric and Dorothy Wolff and Frank Fiesler for the first year of the Chicago Fire. We were all very interested and involved in Stunt Kite Flying, as were many fliers in the Midwest and all across the USA. I was the editor of the Chicagoland Sky Liners Kite Club […]

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