Check out a video from the Cape Breton post.. lot’s of good stuff, a good selection of the flyers are featured.
Check out a video from the Cape Breton post.. lot’s of good stuff, a good selection of the flyers are featured.
I attended the Niagara International Kite Festival again this year, what a fantastic time. Meg Albers puts so much into this festival each year, and the kiting community shows up in droves to show their support. This year there were well over a hundred flyers from around the world. you can see the complete list here: http://www.niagarakite.com/flyers.html.
The festival, as usual, was a lot of fun. The wind was up and down on Saturday and Sunday so it made it difficult to keep anything in the air for longer than a few minutes. I managed to fly some smaller single line kites for a while and we did have the fish up for a good part of Sunday. Ted Gaudet of the Dieppe Kite club took delivery of his new mid size custom fish, we managed to get them hooked up to the same line on Sunday so we could see them flying at the same time. However both Ted and I were helping out with the “running of the bols” when they finally had enough wind to get into the air Looked good, even from 900 feet away
I did my first bit of indoor flying at the Saturday night event at the historic Buffalo train station. I was flying my Horvath Long Way Home, which has a wing span of about 2.7 meters (9ft or so), it was a lot of fun/work. I hope somebody ended up with some pictures so I can prove it
Had a great time hanging out with IQuad, these guys really shred the sky with their cool improvised routines. (check out the mega fly from Bristol in the post below). Picked up a couple of new kites this year, A master series Rev Bazzer’s Blue Flames, and a B Series Rev (Yellow). Had a brief chance to fly the the B-Series yesterday, now to practice practice practice
Many people have been posting their photos of this event so with the help of the TKF mailing list and a few other sources here are some photo links.
Christine & Daniel
MNKiteMan’s photos on Flickr
Gary Maynard’s Photos on Flickr
Ralph Reed’s Photos on Flickr.
Wayne has promised to upload a ton of photos from many of the flyers to the NiagaraKite.com website, as soon as they are up I will post a link here.
The AKA convention kicked off earlier this week. Steve Ferrel, from kitebuilder.com, is providing day by day blog posts about the event. Yesterday was ground scoring for the kite making competition, check out the pictures in the post below…
Check out some of the news footage from the first day of Niagara.. man these guys were up early, cold, wet and very little wind…
Niagara gets off to a good start.. we have some rain today but hopefully it will clear up for the weekend…
2007 festival opens three-day stand in Niagara Falls today
By Pam Kowalik – NEWS NIAGARA BUREAU
Updated: 09/27/07 7:06 AM
NIAGARA FALLS — An 82-yearold man who holds multiple world records for kite flying — one for flying three kites while standing in the back of a moving convertible — will take part in the 2007 Niagara International Kite Festival this weekend.
And Ray Bethell, a kite flying icon who has won numerous awards all over the world as a master kite flier, is the person who will give the festival its international flavor as it takes off today for a four-day run along the Niagara Gorge.
The event starts today in Niagara Falls State Park and moves to Reservoir State Park in Lewiston.
Bethell, who lives in Vancouver, B.C., started sport kite flying in 1980. For many years he flew in team competitions with the Vancouver High Flyers, often placing first, second or third in North American competitions.
He is the holder of 11 world multiple kite records.
“One of the very special [efforts] to me was flying three full-size sport kites . . . simultaneously standing in the back of a red convertible down the main street of Long Beach, Wash., with a police escort with hundreds and hundreds of spectators that lined the sidewalks including the mayor, chief of police and the fire chief,” Bethell wrote in an e-mail.
Bethell was inducted into the World Kite Hall of Fame in Long Beach three years ago, and is among about 40 people who have been honored for kite building, promoting and flying.
“It pleases me that I have been given the opportunity to share my love of kite flying to the people of Niagara along with so many other kite fliers that have come from every part of this planet,” Bethell wrote The News.
The theme for this year’s Niagara International Kite Festival is “Con-
necting the Past, Present, and Future with a Kite String.”
Some of the festival’s highlights include a ceremony from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday. The event will take place somewhere along the gorge in Niagara Falls State Park and the exact location will be determined by the weather and the wind speed each day.
A kite made of organic materials will be “sacrificed” to the cascades in hopes of appeasing the wind and weather gods today and Friday. Actors also will display a Homan Walsh 1848 re-enactment contest, trying to connect a string of kites across the Niagara River between Prospect Point on the U.S. side and Victoria Park, in Niagara Falls, Ont. This is how construction started on the first suspension bridge across the river.
Ted Shaw, a director of the Great Lakes Kitefliers Society of Western New York, said he will be flying kites at the event.
“I just enjoy seeing all the color in the air, all the shapes,” Shaw said. “It’s amazing to me to be able to fly all the kites in the same area.”
Shaw spends a few hundred dollars a year on his kite passion.
Kate Scaglione, director of marketing and communications for the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., said people of all ages will have the opportunity to make kites in free workshops. She also said the festival will go on, even if it rains. “These kite fliers are so into what they’re doing that it doesn’t seem to bother them in the least.”
On Saturday and Sunday, the festival moves to Reservoir State Park. There will be kites of all descriptions — large inflatable show kites, artistic kites, sport kites, historical kites, indoor kites and fighter kites.
Activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be kite making workshops from 1 to 3 p.m. both days.
Events include a discussion on kite history and exhibitions on kite aerial photography, miniature kites and kite stamps, and demonstrations of kite buggying and kite mountain boarding are scheduled for both days. For information on these activities and more, go to www.niagarakite.com.
Great festival coming up this weekend with over 100 kite flyers coming from around the world. Check it out here… niagarakite.com
Join the worlds premier kite flyers as they bring the magical delights and awesome wonder of kiteflying to the Niagara region end of September.
The Homan Walsh 1848 kite contest re-enactment on Thursday and Friday which will be followed by an attempt to connect the USA and Canada with an arch of kites.
On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 & 30th, activities will be at Reservoir State Park in Lewiston. There will be of kites of all descriptions- large inflatable show kites, artistic kites, sport kites, historical kites, indoor kites, fighter kites, and more! A variety of exhibitions – kite history, kite aerial photography, miniature kites and kite stamps- and demonstrations of kite buggying and kite mountain boarding are scheduled for both days.
Because of both popular demand and the remarkable success of the last year’s Niagara International Kite Festival, we; the Niagara Tourism Convention Corporation and Sky’s the Limit; have come to the simple conclusion that we must do our best to make this festival an annual event.
We have no doubt the event holds enormous potential for both the kite world and the regional community. The annual theme for the Niagara International Kite Festival is “Connecting the Past, Present, and Future with a Kite String”. This year’s program highlights the Myths, the History, and the time-honored tradition of Daredevils lured to Niagara Falls.
Keep in mind that both the event and web site are current works in progress. Details will be posted as promptly as they are available.
Here is a huge list of the kiters that will be there..
Over 107 Confirmed Flyers from 10 Countries will be in Attendance
Ray Bethell ( Watch Master Kite Flyer and World Record Holder Ray Bethell Fly )
Dolores Taylor Bethell
Mary & Paul Kort
Royal City Fun Flyers , Guelph, Ont.
Kerry St Dennis
Jessica St Dennis-Jonkman
Niagara Windrider Kitefliers Association – Port Colborne
Toronto Kitefliers Association – Toronto
Wind Climbers Kite Club – Cambridge
Kelvin Woods (flying 20 of his beautiful hand made Butterflies. Each one of the butterflies represents an actual species)
Team No limit
Eli & Shula Shavit
Iqbal Husain (Making the arch to connect the US & Canada this year)
United States of America
Berkeley Kite Wranglers (California)
John Kahn Jr
Team Sky Burner (Michigan)
Scot Skinner (Colorado)
Kathy Goodwind (Washington)
Bill Albers (New York)
Jim Day (Washington)
Steve & Sue Santos (Rhode Island)
Laurie & Richard Dutton (New York)
Charles Stewart (New York)
Dorothy Stewart (New York)
Cheryl & John Hall w/MAX (Michigan)
Ted Shaw (New York)
Meg Albers (New York)
Russ & Pat Mozier (Florida)
Chris Schultz (Texas)
Glenn Davison (Massachusetts)
Charles “AJ” Jackson (Texas)
Tim & Sue Boyle (Massachusetts)
Sue Edwards (Michigan)
Nancy Swift (Michigan)
Kathy Virgilio (Michigan)
Team I-Quad (USA & Canada)
John Barresi (Oregon)
Steve de Rooy (British Columbia)
JD Fabich (Oregon)
David Hathaway (British Columbia)
Glenn Pedro (New Jersey)
David Gomberg (Oregon)
John Martin (Maine)
Ralph Reed (Massachusetts)
Jackie & Dick Maciel (Massachusetts)
Arnold Family; John, Suzette, John, Jace (Michigan)
Kaluzny Family; Walt, Sabrina, Alex, Nick (New York)
Team Skyjesters (Ohio)
Don Tuff (Massachusetts)
Kim Linehan (Massachusetts)
Kyle Lemieux (Rhode Island)
Kyle Alves (Rhode Island)
Mark & Brenda Williams (New Hampshire)
Great Lakes Kitefliers Society (Buffalo, New York)
Gary Mark has put together all of the news casts from the Alexander Graham Bell Cygnet Centennial celebrations.
CBC News Halifax
CBC News Ottawa
(My double star and lobster are featured in this one, too bad they called Bell’s kites Tetra-Hydrons haha LOL )
CBC NewsWorld – Very good…
I compiled a quick video of some of the footage that I took (with my point and shoot) at the Toronto International Kite fest…
It has some of the stuff from the very windy Saturday, and a lot of the dyna kite routines…
Just back from the Toronto Kite Fest. A great time, as usual, I would like to thank George P., Don B. and Gary M. for all their support this year and for making it possible for me to come up and fly at this great 2 day festival.
Saturday greeted us with cool temperatures and high winds, but we still had a blast. I was able to fly my pilot, with my new piranah drouges, my new idol and my banner tail fish. I was very impressed with how the pilot handled the high winds. I would happily fly it in gusty, lumpy wind again without hesitation.
By the end of the day we were all ready for some good food and drink. As in previous years there is a traditional chinese banquet, complete with presentations, entertainment and a raffle. The food was quite good this year, it was our first time at the Mandarin Club Golf Course and it was a nice change from the previous years venues.
Sunday was warmer but the winds were variable and light. That didn’t stop us from putting on an aquarium in the sky theme at around noon. This was a great demonstration with 2 maxi PL octopus kites, 2 mid size fish, a lobster, Scuba Steve, and the huge star from France. The wind came up at the right time and held on long enough for us to put on a great show.
I had to wrap up on Sunday pretty early to catch my flight back to Halifax. This was my 4th Toronto Kite Festival, but hopefully it won’t be the last.
Check out the pictures in my galler… Kite Fest 2007
Yvon from the Dieppe Sky Lines kite club posted this amusing video of what to do when it rains at a kite fest….
Slip n’ slide with out the slide… haha