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

  • Drachen Foundation administrators have been busy these days with imaginative publishing projects.
  • Adam Vance of Seattle was kite surfing well out in Puget Sound some months ago when his harness line broke. As his $1,200 kite blew away, Adam found himself stranded in the middle of the bay. He got back to land safely only after a long, arduous swim. With Vance out of sight, the kite was spotted in the water by a ferry crew and retrieved by a yachtsman. Hoping to find the owner, the yachtsman placed an advertisement on the Seattle Times’ Website vaguely describing the find, but crucially adding the date the kite was fished out of the water.
  • 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.