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Special - Grand Champion kite by Simon Crafts, titled "Barnstormer"

2012 AKA Grand Nationals – Day 6

Yeehaw, one more big push… Coffee, good… Pants, good… Wander over to the window and it’s raining a little, bad… Cold too! The first couple days here were in the upper 70s to mid 80s but it looked like this day might be wet and cold – but not to be denied, we bundled up […]

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088 - Richard Dermer taking his kitty for a walk

2012 AKA Grand Nationals – Day 5

Up and at ’em! Another fairly early morning, this time to meet up with Rob from the Enid Convention and Visitor Bureau for a radio interview with KOFM 103.1 here in town where I spoke of the AKA, our convention and the amazing time we’ve had here – if the weather holds, we’re hoping to […]

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784 - Multiline Pairs Ballet

2012 AKA Grand Nationals – Day 4

No respite this morning as my day kicked off in the Word on the Field workshop with 27-28 people in attendance (plus myself as moderator), we lined the walls and had a “square table” discussion on the current state of kiting in terms of fliers, festivals, clubs, stores, and manufacturers, as well as some of […]

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635 - Robert Lockhart's kite

2012 AKA Grand Nationals – Day 3

With the late night, we pushed our alarms forward another 30 minutes and after a stiff cup of French press (so glad I brought it), we once more made our way over to the convention center for the morning workshops… Mostly wandering the hallways chatting with folks, we did very briefly stick our heads into […]

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460 - Enid local Nicole Houston receives a kite lesson, as do many others

2012 AKA Grand Nationals – Day 2

Off and running again, my morning started with a quick French press coffee in our room (we brought it) and finishing the first daily update – then, it was of to the Cherokee Strip Conference Center for a silent sit-in on the board meeting (allowed only due to the fact I’m running unopposed and it […]

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AKAGN attendees at the screening of Patang

2012 AKA Grand Nationals – Day 1

Traditionally our daily updates are focused mostly on reporting, but I’m finding myself on the verge of being more involved with the AKA than ever before, sort of a personal stake this time around so my updates this year will be a little more “from the hip”… I hope you enjoy it, and I’ll try […]

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Featured AKA

AKA Corner

This is a summary of the actions taken and reports given at the quarterly board of directors meeting held earlier this week. First, good news from the treasurer. The AKA is on track to finish the year with a slight profit. This is thanks to stable membership,continued cost control, and increased sales. Second, good news […]

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Landmark sign in Wildwood

Issue 80: AKA Grand Nationals

The convention returns to Wildwood! Traditionally, we’ve done daily updates from the American Kitefliers Association annual Grand Nationals and Convention with highlights, competition results and photos… This time around however, TK and I had literally come straight to New Jersey from a 15 day tour of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Borneo – the time difference […]

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<i>Grand Champion</i><br/>Will Sturdy

2010 AKA Convention: Day 6

Last day of AKAGN, I started off my morning with a visit to Ben Dantonio’s workshop (Rev 101) covering the basics of flight and equipment choice, also presenting this morning was Scott Skinner (Drachen – Outreach to to the Professional Teachers), Steve Ferrell (Judging Handmade Kites: After the Competition) and John Pollock’s (Yellow, Red and […]

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2010 AKA Convention and Grand Nationals

2010 AKA Convention: Day 5

Our morning workshops consisted of “Traveling to Kite Festivals Outside the USA” by Cliff Quinn and Marla Miller, “Origami Kite Making” by Yukio Akiyama, and “Oodles of Revs – Anyone can Mega Fly” by myself and iQuad… The Fly Market continued with great deals, along with Tom McAlister’s kite art gallery. The workshops are always […]

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