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Issue 50: From the Editor

Well folks, here we are… Our 50th issue, and nearly seven years of work behind us! It all started with Mike Gillard’s dream of bringing a kiting publication to the North American public when there were none to be had, with all the advantages of web content… Since then, we’ve stepped it up a notch […]

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Issue 50: AKA Corner

After six years, this will be my final AKA column for KiteLife. Most of you know I’m stepping down as president. And so I want to take this opportunity to thank the magazine and congratulate them for the good work they do for all of us. KiteLife began as an idea by my dear friend […]

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Issue 50: Dave’s World: Three Beautiful Days in Dieppe

The international kite festival in Dieppe France is clearly one of the great kite gatherings on the planet. For ten days, fliers from around the world gather here to share their kiting culture, flying secrets, and friendship. For 2006, 27 nations were represented. And while it may be a bit of a stretch to list […]

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Issue 50: Dave’s World: Kiting in South Africa

As we travel our exciting planet, Susan and I observe that kiting “success” is relative. And nowhere is this better illustrated than our experience of the past few days. We went directly from the huge international festival in Dieppe France, to a dusty fly in the Kayleshia Township of South Africa. These two gatherings could […]

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Issue 50: Drachen Archives

The following story tells of an interesting experiment with kites performed by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell well before his experiments with tetrahedrons and pursuit of flight. It also brings us to an interesting holding in the Drachen Foundation’s archives, and to the continuing relationship between the Foundation and Canada’s Alexander Graham Bell National Historic site. […]

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Issue 50: Kites… Life.

The Equation is: Kites + Life = Kitelife. Pretty simple, eh? Well, maybe… but it also can be pretty complex when you think about it! And, here at Kitelife, we sometimes DO think about things like this… I often wish Mike Gillard were still around… There’re SO many questions I wanted to ask him, and […]

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Issue 50: Featured Store: WindPower Sports

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. WindPower Sports 3111 S Valley View Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89102 702-220-4340 Floor space: Retail store 600 sq ft; 1,600 sq ft […]

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Issue 50: ProFile: Jon Trennepohl

Jon Trennepohl has been around sport kiting for a while…  And if you’ve not had or made the chance to shake his hand and say “Thanks,” you really should do it.  We can’t think of any portion of the sport of kiting where Jon hasn’t somehow been involved, or in several cases, led the way… […]

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Issue 50: ProFile: Carl Robertshaw

One of the true greats of kiting, Carl has definitely made his mark in kiting history… As a member of world champion team Airkraft, winning multiple European championships of his own, as one of the top kite designers in the world, and as a very fine and generous (if not occasionally off-color) fellow. But Carl […]

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Issue 50: REVisions: WSIKF Recap

It started as a simple idea this spring. John and I, with the ever growing iQuad, would simply pitch up on the WSIKF beach, setup camp, and fly team revs all week long, with as many people as we could possibly get involved. What we ended up with far exceeded what we had hoped to […]

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