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Issue 42: From the Editor

Howdy folks, welcome to what we hope is anotherhowlin’ issue of Kitelife Magazine… The kite season is in full swing, with dozens of great festivals on the calendar all across the country!  We’ll be doing our best to bring you news and highlights from as many as we can, with daily updates from a select few […]

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Issue 42: AKA Corner

Did you know that all AKA members are covered for $1 million at a sanctioned events? That’s part of the good news as we slowly re-build our insurance program. Of course, it also means that non-members have no coverage at all at festivals, workshops, fun flies, or competitions. So organizers have a stake in encouraging […]

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Issue 42: Dave’s World

I’m honestly not sure how many times I have been to Berck. I was first invited back in 1990 or ’91. All I can say for sure is that the kids I met back then have grown and some are bringing their own children now. It’s a bit scary. Regular readers have seen reports of […]

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Issue 42: 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 42: ProFile with Ron & Sandy Gibian

If we’re very lucky, at least once in our lifetime we’ll meet someone we just click with. Someone who inspires us, who challenges us, who brings to the table a sense of themselves and the world around them that we can truly relate to. They’ll have a passion for life that we can only wonder […]

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Lee Sedgwick at play with his Revolution.

Issue 42: Innovative vs. Freestyle

As the sport kite scene was coming into it’s own in the late 80’s, many of the more creative fliers found a new venue in which to demonstrate their ideas… Innovative competition. Complete with props, costumes, kites and a more than a little showmanship, pilots tried everything from flying multiple kites to dogstake/solo flying, riding […]

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Issue 42: ProFile with Steven Bixby

I first ran into Steve Bixby down at Dave Shenkman’s Kite Party II down in Huntington Beach in February 2004. He was busy running around shooting photos, and I was busy being the proverbial kite-bum, mostly yakkin’ with other participants. We’d wave or nod as we passed each other – each headed for who-knows-where, and […]

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Issue 42: Team Tirades: Maneuvers 3

In my last two discussions about team maneuvers I talked about the possibilities of altering other teams existing moves to fit your teams style and add to the uniqueness of your team routine. Another idea which is frequently used by very new teams is to include the team compulsories as part of your routine. These […]

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Issue 42: Empty Spaces: Sue Sedgewick

Susan M. Morris Sedgwick, age 50, passed away at her Millcreek Twp. home on Thursday, May 12, 2005, of breast cancer. Born in Erie on September 15, 1954, the daughter of Patricia and John Morris of Erie. She was a 1972 graduate of McDowell High School and a 1976 graduate of Indiana University of Pa., […]

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Issue 42: Laminating a Bamboo Spine

There is one aspect of bamboo spines in fighter kites I have never liked. I really like bamboo as a spine material, and I think it is the best spine material available. However, when flying in humid or damp weather, often, the bend I put into my bamboo spine will begin to straighten or sometimes […]

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