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Issue 71: From the Editor

Wow, seventy-one issues… Can you believe we’ve been at it this long? Even since I took over ownership from Kitelife’s original owner Mike Gillard in 2003, we’ve done fourty four issues and a great deal has happened in the meantime, much of which can be found in our archived pages here on the site. We’re […]

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Issue 71: Kites… Life.

Quite often, it seems like we’ve got more pans in the fire than one could possibly keep track of, but they all feel “right” if you know what I mean… As we work on projects in various areas of kiting, there always seem to be more ways we can get involved in growing and promoting […]

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Issue 71: AKA Corner

NKM and the AKA online… If you want to have a great time celebrating the arrival of spring in April, you’re invited to join the biggest kite happening ever planned in North America. The AKA (American Kitefliers Association), in cooperation with the KTAI (Kite Trade Association International) has declared April to be National Kite Month. […]

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Flying Things

Issue 71: Dave’s World – Full Circle

Thirty years ago, I stumbled across a small kite festival at the D River Wayside on the beach in Lincoln City. It was a first time event run by Steve Lamb and his new kite shop called Catch the Wind. Although I was a committed kiter with a kite and line always in the trunk […]

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Issue 71: Dave’s World – Thailand Intl Kite Festival

Looking out at photos of the field, there is one thing you notice and one thing you don’t. The thing you notice is despite the fact we are in Thailand, the sky is dominated — actually crowded — with western style giant inflatables. What you don’t notice is the heat. We hover in the shadows […]

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Issue 71: Drachen Archives – Relegated to the Back Room…

As I was starting to organize all of the assorted objects that are not kites, for the annual trip to the Nevada/California desert for this year’s NABX (North American Buggy Expo), I had to rummage through a variety of things in the “back room”.  I religiously use my buggy one a year, rain or shine, […]

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Issue 71: News Reel

Japan: Shirone Kite Festival is a 360 year old kite festival which features kite battles between two villages across the Nakanokuchi River. Haiti: The kites are beautiful: some have layers of black and clear plastic forming diamonds and stars. Some have decorative edges, the plastic razor-sliced into piñata fringe. But they work, catching the breeze […]

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Issue 71: 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 71: KAP N900 PUSH Project

What is KAP? KAP (Kite Aerial Photography) is the art and technique of using large kites to lift cameras and take aerial photographs. It started in 1888, but as one might expect, a few things have changed since then. Advances in electronics brought us digital photography (with lightweight cameras and large capacity memory cards), and […]

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Issue 71: REVisions – 100 Revs at WSIKF

I thought I had mentioned this in the last Revisions in Issue 70, but upon taking a quick re-read through the article, I find I completely neglected to say a word about it! I am remiss, so, I’ll take the issue’s article and do nothing BUT talk about it. For those of you who choose […]

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