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

  • Two intrepid Belgian explorers conclusively proved the worth of kites while transiting the White Continent, Antarctica. Their 99-day trek is documented in a fine new book titled In the Teeth of the Wind: South to the Pole published in England by Bluntisham Books ( At $45 postpaid, the hardback is good value not only because of the crackling text but also its superior photographs, 54 of them.
  • If you want to protect your new idea for a kite or a kite accessory, should you apply for a patent, trademark, copyright, none of these, or all of them? A patent protects the basic idea embodied in the new creation, a trademark protects the name of the product, and a copyright protects the words and style used in presenting the idea.
  • A former Dutch astronaut with the euphonious name of Wubbo J. Ockels has come up with an unusual, even unlikely, wind energy invention. Best described as a looped kite “ladder” in the sky, Dr. Ockels’ inspiration is to use the stiff breezes at high altitudes as an energy source.
  • My admiration for the female of our species is increasing every day. At the Thailand International Kite Festival with the Mega Ray, Clyde Cook and I were being our usual obnoxious selves about attending the opening and closing ceremonies, and about getting up for breakfast at 7:30 (so as to be ready to leave for the field at 9:30 so that we can sit there and wait for the wind to arrive at 11:30 and the public at 1:30), and things like that. Well, we met our match this time. A young lady from the Thai Tourism Authority soon had us sorted.
  • Traveling. There are lots of tricks. One of the requirements of going to international kite festivals from New Zealand is that the baggage allowance of 140 pounds (64 kilos) is for kites alone----that is, no superfluous things like anchors or little tents to store gear, beer, and hide in. And definitely no room for clothes and personal things, which have to all fit in a carry-on bag along with a few heavy but non-metallic things like 200 yards of flying line.