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Posted 01 October 1999 - 04:00 AM

Beyond World Cup

It would seem that World Cup X is not going to happen as announced earlier this year. The political and economic situation in Colombia continues to worsen, leaving the country with more important tasks than to host a kite event. No official announcement has been made at this point.

Meanwhile, rumors continue to grow of a replacement event to be staged early next year, in the style of the Intercontinental Sportkite Challenge held in Guadaloupe in '97. Those involved in the planning are being very tight-lipped, but from the few facts we have gleaned, competition will be held for teams, pairs, and individual dual and quad fliers. A formal announcement should be forthcoming soon.

We will immediately post a special report when this announcement is made.

MiniKites at AKA

AKA Miniature Kite Gallery
October 5-9 in Muncie, Indiana

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"The Largest Display of Miniature Kites Ever Assembled"

On October 5-9, 1999 we will attempt to display over 500 miniature kites in the White River Room at the Muncie Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana. The room has 1,800 square feet! Visitors are welcome to browse the display:

Wed, Oct 6 -- 6-8 pm
Thu, Oct 7 -- 7-10 pm
Fri, Oct 8 -- 3-5 pm
Sat, Oct 9 -- 9-11 am

Can you contribute to this goal? Your miniature kite must be able to fly and it cannot be larger than 10" in any dimension. We will attempt to display all kites.

Can you bring miniature kites? Can you help?
Please send email to: davisong@aol.com

Glenn Davison, Gallery Curator

Kites On Ice 2000 Preview

Any stationery that sports the slogan, "Wisconsin Winter: it's so cold you don't have to be Jesus to walk on water" should make you sit up and take notice. And if it doesn't, the list of flyers slated to attend the second Kites On Ice should. Set for February 3-5, 2000, on Madison's Lake Monona and inside the Monona Terrace Convention Center, the festival is clearly trying hard to top its 1999 showstopper. Those of you who attended the first one won't soon forget the roving gangs of kite skiers zooming across the ice, the awesome variety of kites in the sky, the incredible indoor kite gallery, the Decorators' Rev revolution, indoor fighter kite battles, the laser-lit night fly, and the 20,000 spectators who braved the frigid winds just to play with kites. (Insiders may also remember the lost luggage, multiple layers of sweat-reeking long underwear, gigantic cracks in the ice, and bottles of Kite Tail Ale. If you can remember the Sunday night post-festival party, you weren't really there.) Those of you who missed 1999 will definitely want to be there next winter, bundled in a parka, fighting of frostbite, wondering "Why 2K?"

Organizers Linda Underwood, Angie Tyler, and Craig Wilson are putting together a similar slate of events as last year. All but two of last winter's flyers have committed to the 2000 event, and several new flyers have been added. The current guest list includes:

Pete Dolphin
David and Susan Gomberg
Nelson Borelli
Charlie Sotich
Janene Evard
Scott Skinner
Chicago Fire
Torrey Lindemann
Lee and Sue Sedgwick
Roger Chewning
Craig Wilson
Margo Brown
Ron and Sandy Gibian
Jack Rogers
Charmaine and Bob Umbower
Jose Sainz
Jeff Howard
Jerry Houk
Steve Shapson
Mike Delfar
Richard Dermer
Phil Broder
JoAnn Weber
Al Sparling
Mike Gee

Yves La Forest and Anne Clement
Robert Trepanier

The Decorators
Anne and Chris Harris

Chantal Barrett
Pierre Fabre

Wolfgang Grimsel
Sven Weidhase
Andreas Schmeelke
Frank Schwiemann

Also invited but still not confirmed are George Peters, Ray Bethell, Michael Alvarez, Ton Vinken, Pete Rondeau, Dragoni Volanti, and Lisa Schirmer.

Kites On Ice 2000 could the the sort of event where you don't even need to bring kites of your own. Just bring plenty of film for your camera, some BenGay for the kink in your neck from looking up all day, and spikes for your boots.

SoCal Sportkite Schedule 2K

Here is the 2000 Southern California Sport Kite League Schedule and Locations:

Southern California Open
Fiesta Island, San Diego, CA

Belmont Shore Sport Kite Challenge
Belmont Shore, CA

Long Beach Sport Kite Classic
Belmont Shore, CA

Huntington Beach Kite Tournament
Huntington Beach, CA
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