This year I got the oppatunity to attend the Xinjin Kite Festival in Chengdu China. Meeting up with Peter after he had been at the festivals in Xiamen and Taiwan.
Xinjin is a small but well organised festival were all the kite flyers were well looked after for there stay, taking us on tours of there local attractions including the Panda zoo were they have over 60 Pandas.
The only problem with the event was the lack of wind, this can be a big problem when you are there for a Kite Festival, but everyone worked really hard to put on the best display they could in the light and infrequant winds.
On one of the days there was not enough wind for any one to fly.Then someone had a brilant idea and borrowed one of the many balloons that were tied up around the event, tied it to his kite and started to run around the feild with it. Before long everyone was borrowing these balloons, and before long the sky was full of sticked and inflatable kites. The inflatables had just enough wind to hold preasure inside them. It made an amazing but unusual aerial display.
This was a great event since next year is the year of the horse to show of our new 12 meter long horse kite.
The Peter Line Kite crew inside the 30 meter long Blue Whale kite holding a 8 meter long Humpback whale kite. From left-Peter Lynn, Simon Chisnall, Gav Mulvay, Pam Shanahan and Elwyn Lynn. Absent from photo Craig Hansen and Jenny Cook.
Due to improved manufacturing process we have been able to show the market a saving in some of our classic Maxi Kite designs, we have lowered the price .
Another reason we have been able to lower the price is after trialing many different materials over the last 2 to 3 years to see if we could find a more economical alternative to our 30 denier rip stop nylon. We have finally found a more economical rip stop nylon that has not noticeably affected the longevity of our kites.
The great thing is we ended up going with a 40 denier rip stop nylon that is produced in the same factory in Korea to the high standards we expect for our show kites.
This change has made a slight increase in the overall weight, but has meant we can lower the price.
The new classic kites that this will be available in is-
Maxi Cuttlefish $3200 NZD http://www.peterlynnkites.com/?page_id=268
Maxi Octopus $2800 NZD http://www.peterlynnkites.com/?page_id=278
Maxi Teddy $2800 NZD http://www.peterlynnkites.com/?page_id=337
Maxi Fish $2800 NZD http://www.peterlynnkites.com/?page_id=232
This years Redcliffe Kite Festival was one of the most entertaining and well organized Kite Festivals I have been too.
They managed to achieve this by combining many disciplines of kite flying. From large Show Kites to the Iquad Stunt Kite Team doing regular displays, plus some smaller kites to full in the gaps. This made sure there was always something to look at on the kite field.
Add some music, kite building and market stalls and you have a Traditional Kite Festival.
This would have been a great event, but the organizers then managed to take it to a whole new level.
To name a few things:
On the field next door they had a Wine and Seafood Festival, amusement rides and a stage for local performers. There was also three aerobatic displays each day by a Trojan T28, Yak 52, and Harvard aeroplanes.
At night we were treated to an Aussie Legends Concert, topped off with a fire show and fire works display.
With this, this Festival managed to combine all favourite things, Kite Flying, Fire and Rock Music.
My hat goes off to everyone that made this event possible especially Our Village, the Redcliffe Kite Club and the Mon Komo Hotel.