The Adelaide Kite Festival 2008

An Overview Of Our 3 Day Experience

The Adelaide Kite Festival 2008 actually ran over 4 days. However, we were more than satisfied with having a look around on the Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday of the Easter long weekend. Monday was a public holiday, with the festival continuing on that day.

This year, we've taken the approach of gathering up all our memories and images of the 3 days, then writing them up into various categories. One advantage of this is that you can just click on whatever takes your interest, rather than being forced to wade through one gigantic page on the Adelaide Kite Festival 2008!

See the bottom of this page for the links to those detail pages.

The Kite Cloud

Adelaide Kite Festival 2008 - colorful kites over Semaphore beachSo many shapes, sizes & colors

Initial impressions were similar to last year. Partly because many of the same larger kites were back again, of course. However, this is a big event so the more you look, the more you see!

Also, people are putting up and taking down their kites at various times, so the kite cloud can change from hour to hour.

See the photo over there.

Kite cloud is now a pet phrase of mine, and according to the big search engine starting with G, no-one else has used it ... yet.

During the Adelaide Kite Festival 2008 I looked up there at a sky full of kites, and it seemed cloud-like to me! A gaggle of geese, a flock of birds, a cloud of kites.

On the topic of birds, we couldn't help spotting a few small bird-like and plane-like novelty kites, mainly from over in the public flying area. One in particular swooped past, it was perfect, the flying line must have been so light we couldn't see ..... hang on, that was a real seagull!

Back to why the kite cloud changes. Here are a few reasons why someone might take down their kite:

  • the wind speed has increased too much, making it unsuitable for the kite
  • the kite flier has gone home
  • room has to be made for a demonstration, like stunt flying or kite fighting
  • shifting winds have caused a line tangle with another kite
Adelaide Kite Festival 2008 - Owl kites and other inflatables with line laundry.All sorts of windsock characters

New kites might be put up too, for reasons related to those above.

For example, a kite flier has just arrived in the flying area. Or perhaps there's finally enough wind for a particular type of kite to go up. We even saw a couple of self-launching kite arches, flying or resting on the dunes according to the strength of the breeze!

Of course, if the wind dies completely, somebody gets the satisfaction of briefly seeing that their kite is the very last one flying! If my memory serves me right, that honor went to a large dark delta on Friday, during a lull.

At a later date we might put up a short video here, showing the subtle but constant motion of this festival's kite cloud. The photo over there is a close-up from inside the cloud.

The Weather

Here's a brief summary of the weather at the Adelaide Kite Festival 2008, for the 3 days we were there.

Temperatures were in the high 20s, Centigrade, on all 3 days. That's in the 80s, Fahrenheit. Very pleasant, unless you're an Eskimo!

Adelaide Kite Festival 2008 - Tim Parish and Aren in front of official Festival sign.The sign sums it all up

After a quick glance through my image folders, it seems that all 3 days were completely cloudless. Perhaps Monday was too. Now that's unusual, and makes me wonder whether any other kite festival in the world has been completely cloudless on every day! South Australia is one of the driest states in a dry country.

There's our 2 year old kite flier in his pram, suitably protected from the giant UV lamp in the sky.

Friday had a light, gusty South East to Easterly wind, which made for a rather small kite cloud at times.

Saturday was better, with a moderate South West to Westerly sea breeze. However, the kite surfers would have liked more.

Sunday had a great turnout of kite fliers for the Adelaide Kite Festival 2008. The light to moderate gusty Southerly was enough to keep a big kite cloud up there!

Kite Festival Photos

Here are some links to those detail pages with all the photos.

Great kites in 2008 - our favorites

Stunt kites in 2008

Inflatable kites in 2008

Flowform kites in 2008

Delta kites in 2008

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Wind Speeds

Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7