Anyone who's been out flying kites will have a story or 2 to tell. Particularly, it seems, if a favorite kite managed to find it's freedom! Also, in this age of cheap and convenient digital photography, plenty of good kite imagery has been taken. Some of it ends up on-line, on sites like this one.
Feel like typing something in right now? You can do that in the next section down there on this page. Within 24 hours you'll see your story pop up in the site blog page, which is under that what's new! link. Near the top left of this page, or touch the navigation button if mobile.
Anything less than about 300 words just gets deleted. Don't be offended - please try again and rave on for a while!
After a few weeks, your story will end up under one of the several categories below, as a permanent page on this site.
There's a few real gems to be found among the tales of flying kites and photos people have already added to this site...
For many of us here, it's usually the last one we've made. But it might also be the last one you've bought.
If you've been flying something amazing recently, why not type in a few paragraphs about it here. Mention any details you think other kite fanciers might be interested in - you might get some comments!
It's time to show off your latest project or purchase :-)
Click below to read the stories and see photos from other kiting enthusiasts...
A Wind Too Strong
I decided to go out to my favorite spot to fly kites a few days ago. The wind was quite brisk, and I had no problem getting my 7 foot delta into the wind. …
Sayings about kite making and flying
Hi Tim, I thought a friendly competition for the best saying might be fun. Examples: the more original the better These are not original but good to know... …
A kite bag for MBK Multi-Fly Diamonds
Having received the 3 diamond kite train from Tim I thought the train deserved a carry case. Yes, I could just carry the 3 assembled kites (and yes …
My-best-kite diamond train
I ordered the advertised kite train (MBK Multi-Fly Diamonds) on the website. Within several days there was the well taped triangular package, delivered …
A modern material delta kite - the Morpheo
This kite is for no-wind or little wind (usually) - lovingly made in Florida. In the photo the kite is handling 15 knots winds without need of a tail or …
Kite Fly at Victor Harbour
Date: 29th May 2016... Adelaide Kite Flyers Association members were invited to fly at Victor Harbour's Whaletime Festival. This Festival celebrates the …
Kite line winding
Some time ago I wrote about how do you wind in kite line? One of our club members, Steve, found an electrical cord winder (WonderWinder) on google. Adapting …
Kea Kites - Can a kite help to save an endangered species?
Yesterday the Kea Conservation Trust launched a kite to help raise awareness about Kea, an endangered parrot in New Zealand. The handmade kite set comes …
Beetle Kite Attracts Dolphins
I have a fantastic story for you! I am a shift worker, just finished my shift so I hope this makes sense as I am very sleepy... I purchased a lady …
My kite and I managed to hold up Royalty, honest!
Back in my student days, which seems so long ago... I was down in London, England that is. I'm told there are a few others! The college I was going …
Great Flying Painted Kite
Thanks for the great kite instructions. We had a big kite flying event at the school and my son wanted a big kite that flew well. We decided to build …
Second stab at making the Simple Delta
Yo! Thanks for your designs, tips, and this site in general. Good to see someone having honest, simple fun, made me want to try it too. Our parents …
Hey Mr. What are you doing?
I was stationed on Guam for a period of three years and found it very interesting at first. As the years melted away I did about all I could do while being …
My Best Kite
I am spoilt for choice, however the mini-Photon is the pick of the bunch for me. It is a superbly made kite of micro-size carbon fibre, spectra laminate …
The Child is Father of the Man
What is my best kite? The stunt I had in the 70's? The one my two little daughters found flying in the 90's on its own, the last foot of line wedged between …
A Manx Kite
The name 'Manx' is from the language of the Isle of Man, which is the name of an island off the west coast of England. It is a beautiful place, with its …
Adelaide Kite Flyers
February kite fly
Sunday 9th February dawned windy and stayed that way all day. On the beach you could stay there for one hour or two and save on your ? weekly ? monthly …
Favourite Delta Flyer
Greetings. This past Christmas, I received a kite as a present. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to handle a kite that size being that I had only …
Repairing The Beetle Kite
I found two small, two string kites in the trash. They were both broken yet hardly used. On both of them the plastic grommets that hold the cross bar were …
French Box Kite: down into Lake Ontario
A home-made yellow 2M (6'6") span modified French military box flew reliably and extremely well. With a NW wind blowing from the land I flew it up and …
Knot what it seemed
I had bought some new kite line and wanted to add to it, so I spliced two sections together thinking I had made a good knot. I was out flying the kite …
Delta and Box Kites together
I was flying my Tim Parish dowel delta the other day with some winds that almost didn't exist close to the ground. Once it got up to over a 100' it took …
This site has been collecting these real-life kiting stories and photos for some years now. Mainly single-line stuff, since this site reflects my personal preference for flying kites on one line. However, contributions from multi-line fliers are more than welcome!
The 4 sections below group all the older contributions together by category. Enjoy...
Kite-loss stories! Oh yes, but don't laugh too hard. Something similar just might happen to you one day.
You couldn't make this stuff up, honestly. Like the self-destructing dowel-and-plastic light-wind kites tearing up the sky during a much-too-windy day at an Austrian kite festival. And then the last one managed to take out a couple of exquisite (and expensive) retail kites, sending them into the Blue Danube. But you've got to read the whole thing, it's quite a yarn!
Or, how about a young lad, many decades ago, managing to lose his box kite into an air intake on a landing military aircraft. I kid you not.
Can you top any of this? We're waiting for 'the next great story'. It has to have that ring of truth to it though.
All the other single-liner stories, but there are still some nice ones in here.
I guess the key-word here is variety. From night-flights to snowy-weather flights into cloud, to high-altitude excursions over sea-water, to Sunday School outings. I don't think any 2 stories here are remotely like each other.
If you're into flying kites, do yourself a favor and read some of these. Do us all a favor and contribute something yourself :-)
A whole range of amateur kite photography on show. Mainly
single-surface single-liners - but there are some magnificent
Many of these photos are just plain spectacular! In most cases, that means physically big kite.
For example, there's a monster Butterfly from some enthusiasts in the Czech Republic, Europe. Also, an incredible 3D Dragon from England (see left) and an interesting large design from the Ahmadabad International Kite Festival in India.
Drop in here for a truly international selection of kite photos!
Stunt kite stories
is a new category. Designed to collect reports of incidents or other
interesting happenings either during a sport kite's flight or perhaps at
its abrupt termination!
There's not much in there right now. But there's so much sport kite flying going on out there, it's just a matter of time. Maybe 2 or 3 of my regular contributors could help me out here, to get things moving... Thanks in advance!
Kite aerial photography is another new category. This is for anyone
who has ever hoisted a camera with the aid of a kite, or would like to
view the results of doing that. If you have ever obtained an intriguing
result, this is where you can upload it for the rest of us to see and
think 'I wish I took that!'
It seems that everyone has their own spin on flying kites to get a different photographic perspective on our surroundings. Some of the results are really intriguing, whether obtained with a featherweight camera and ice-cube shutter release, or the latest concepts in radio-controlled KAP rigs.
Tell us all about your own methods
and gear, and back it all up by posting some photos! Different people
will be keen to read about different aspects - the kite, the KAP rig,
the photo subject or even all 3.