Tag Archives: competition

How does Kite Competition Evolve?

This is a topic near to my heart, as I’ve had the opportunity to explore kite competition from many angles in various roles over the past several years… At times, some folks have expressed to me a sentiment along the lines of “why doesn’t the AKA change those rules“, “the AKA should add this event” or […]

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Paul LaMasters ends his quad ballet

Richmond-Washington Sport Kite Championship

In 2005, a kite flier named Terry Cornell (known by his friends as T.C.) dreamt of building a regional sport kite competition with an emphasis on training novice sport kite competitors (not to mention giving T.C. an excuse to exercise his newly-gained web editing skills to create a web site for the event!).  The Richmond-Washington […]

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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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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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Working the Wind Window

Most of us have seen some of the basic diagrams and introductions to the wind window as it relates to a sport kite flier… Oversimplified, it’s the more or less half-circle space downwind in which your kite is able to fly with the strongest in the middle and power reducing as you fly out toward […]

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History of Sport Kite Competition - pt 3

History of Sport Kite Competition – pt 3

The American Kite Magazine National Stunt Kite Circuit The American Kite Magazine National Stunt Kite Standings system was proposed by American Kite magazine, and publisher, editor Daniel Prentice in the preimer issue of AKM magazines the summer in 1988! (pg. 37 Vol 1 #1) This was the first issue published by this new magazine! This […]

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When it Becomes a Kite Routine

Amongst even recreational sport (stunt) kite fliers, the words “ballet” or “kite routine” (individual) are fairly common terminology and bring to mind someone piloting their kite through various maneuvers in time to a musical track either as a structured program (choreographed and planned out) or totally off the cuff – i.e. improvised “soul flying”… Regardless […]

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Virtual Freestyle 23 is underway!

Geographically difficult to attend competitions? Want to test your mettle and show off your freestyle skills from the safety of home? Virtual Freestyle is an Internet-based kite flying competition that is free for everyone around the world to enter. The competition was born out of the desire for an informal fun and format with relatively few rules and only […]

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History of Sport Kite Competition – Pt 1

The Wanderings of a “Kite Addict” Introduction: This History was originally written in the Gone with the Winds On-line forum throughout November of 2004. In this History I have only included my own personal posts. The comments, posts and submissions of other “Long Time” sport kite fliers have been included in my own words, and […]

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Virtual Freestyle: Round 22

Another round of Virtual Freestyle is in the books, with a grand total of 18 fliers throwing down their best tricks! This online stunt kite / sport kite competition focuses on freestyle, slack line or trick flying on dual line kites, in a continuous (unedited) video performance of roughly 90 seconds. Discussion on GWTW: VF22 […]

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