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Issue 73: From the Editor

We’re enjoying the peak of summer with many wonderful kite events going on, and we always look forward to reports from all over the kiting world which we in turn can share with our readers here at Kitelife… This issue is no exception, with submissions from France, Quebec and a number of North American events, […]

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Issue 73: Kites… Life.

One of my primary areas of focus and interest over the past 2-3 years is the obvious lack of cohesion and growth in the North American dual line kiting community, evidenced by less competitors, fewer dual line teams at World Championships and even fewer full time dual line teams in North America… Now bear in […]

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Issue 73: AKA Corner

American Kiteflier’s Got Talent! Have you noticed that kites seem to be everywhere lately? Several commercials feature kites, not always accurately, but there! Connor Doran’s appearance on America’s Got Talent brought new attention to modern kiting. Many people have contacted the AKA and local kite clubs wanting more information about kites. We all have our […]

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Issue 73: Dave’s World: Wildwood

Getting to Wildwood wasn’t easy. For a 7 a.m, flight out of Portland, we have to leave home at three. The flight connected through Washington/Dulles. And that’s where things started to go wrong. I boarded the plane for Philly. Then the pilot announced he needed two volunteers to give up their seats. No one moved. […]

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Yoshi and his mokuhanga painted kite

Issue 73: Drachen Archives: Master of Paper and Flight

For the last twenty years, there has been a shining star in the kite flyers’ universe: the Kunstdrachen (Art Kites) exhibit, organized by Dr. Paul Eubel of Germany. The Art Kites have traveled throughout Europe, to Japan, Canada, and Chile. Sadly, as he was preparing the exhibit for travel to Cuba, we lost Paul to […]

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Issue 73: News Reel

Canada: Despite fears of police response, a small group of protesters flew kites on a rooftop in Downtown Toronto to protest the G20 summit.   France: Happy 50th birthday, Etch A Sketch! “…Andre Cassagnes, an electrician in France and now a famous designer of kites, got the idea in 1955 after noticing how an […]

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Issue 73: 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 73: Kite & Bike Dreamtour VI – Part 2

So here we go again. After 8 years, I am about to experience my favourite way of flying kites, riding a Harley and stopping down the coast, at flight spots, that catch my eye. To be honest, before I go on a trip, I am always very nervous, if I will be able to find […]

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Hi-Flier Playmate of the Clouds 30" kite

Issue 73: Hi-Flyer kites, An Appreciation

Ask me what I know about Decatur, IL, and I’ll tell you that that’s where Hi-Flier kites come from. Came from, at least, in the era when I was an ardent consumer of kites. This was from about 1960 to 1966, roughly when I was in second through eighth grade, on the Northwest Side of […]

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Issue 73: Alox Kites and the Man Who Made Them

In terms of “bang for the buck,” not many toys could equal the Boomer-era dime-store paper kite. Ten cents for the kite, ten cents for the string, and you had an afternoon sailing the invisible waters of the local schoolyard sky. I used to hunt in empty lots for returnable bottles to buy kites, but […]

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