Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • His senior year in college, Chuck Bernstein encountered kites being sold and flown in Maui, Hawaii, and became an instant convert. Originally drawn to the joy of the sport, he quickly saw kites as a great business opportunity. Buying $100 worth of equipment on the spot (“That was a lot of money then,” he says), he learned all about flying. The owner of the High as a Kite shop was John Harvey, who also had an establishment in Sausalito. Harvey took a shine to Bernstein and invited him to come visit him in California, work a week, learn the business.
  • Norwegian Bjoern Ludvig Moen was flying a ski-sailing kite recently when a strong gust of wind made it seem more like the kite was flying him. The giant kite lifted the 25-year-old some 30 feet off the ground until he let go and crashed onto a gravel playing field below. Wearing bulky cold weather clothing, he was battered but amazingly did not suffer any serious injuries.
  • Not much about the Spanish kite scene seems to be known in the United States, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fair bit going on. Rather, it seems to be a case of the Spaniards keeping a low profile.
  • It was a fine, breezy Saturday afternoon when I decided to drive the family to the park---me for some quality flying time, wife Sandra and daughter Kathryn for a duck-feeding frenzy. We duly arrived at the slightly soggy park and got ourselves sorted out into the variety of walking boots, coats, gloves, and scarves that are part of the dressing up procedure for winter weather. Hand in hand, Sandra and Kathryn headed off to the pond to feed the mass of ducks and geese that eagerly await such visitations.
  • “This afternoon has been fine and windy, and the boys have been flying kites, made of tough paper on a bamboo frame, all of a rectangular shape, some of them five feet square, and nearly all decorated with huge faces of historical heroes. Some of them have a humming arrangement made of whalebone. There was a very interesting contest between two great kites, and it brought out the whole population.