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

  • The most renowned Vietnamese kitemaker, based among other reasons on the number of overseas festivals he has attended (nine in France alone), is Nguyen Van Be (pronounced N’whin Van Bay). Mr. Be, as his is widely known, lives in the ancient capital of Hue, halfway between Hanoi on the north and Saigon on the south. Most Westerners remember Hue from the Tet offensive in early l968 when 10,000 were killed, including 500 U.S. Marines.
  • Endang W. Puspoyo of Jakarta, Indonesia, was attracted to kites by their beauty many years ago. She soon began making and flying her own, then took to collecting them. She helped organize the first international festival in Jakarta in l993, and has been a force in Indonesian kiting ever since. With a powerful cabinet minister husband supporting her, she has now opened her own museum, actually a complex of found old buildings and new construction. The museum is 15 miles from downtown Jakarta
  • Small, boyish-looking, ever-smiling, Ha Yi Qi (pronounced Ha Eechee), of Beijing, hardly presents as a tycoon, but that is exactly what the renowned kitemaker is. A fourth generation craftsman, “Mr. Ha,” as he is widely known in the West, runs a factory employing well over 100 people and brings in serious money to his country from his exports to a dozen countries, mainly the U.S. and Japan. He travels widely and finds obtaining an exit visa from his country much easier than most, a tribute to his economic contribution.
  • There have been many times in the 175 years since George Pocock gave kite traction its modern foundation that kitesailing has seemed about to become mainstream, but maybe it really is going to happen this time. Currently generating impetus is the work that Dean Jordan and Dave Culp did for the Oracle syndicate in the recent America’s Cup challenge. Time was ultimately against them for this regatta, but they were successful in developing a kite that qualified under the rules as a spinnaker and that many believe was faster.
  • Here’s a bit of a snigger. Clyde Cook, Volker Hoberg and I were at the Pasir Gudang kite festival in Malaysia last spring. Volker, on his way back to Europe after spending six months with us in New Zealand, had made himself a four-meter pilot kite which was flying on the Thursday of the festival when it was, unfortunately, cut away. Fortunately by a fellow German-----I’m sure you’ll agree that the odd spot of domestic violence is preferable to an international incident.