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Our Kites, Out There - 2007 Archives
logoOcean Shores, Washington, USA - October 2007

From Brooks Leffler...


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"A record was set at the convention of the American Kitefliers Association in Ocean Shores, Washington, on Friday, October 5. No less than 20 Peter Lynn Giant Octopus kites were flown at the same time (17 visible in photo).

Taken from a Canon S70 hanging from the line of my Fled Mk II kite in 8 - 10 mph wind."

(For more information about Kite Aerial Photography visit Brooks' web site at www.brooxes.com)

logoAdventure Philosophy - September 2007

Peter Lynn Kites is part of the team of sponsors assisting two Intrepid Kiwis in a unimaginably difficult quest for ADVENTURE in an effort to catch the attention of the youth of  New Zealand and inspire them to great things, Marcus and Graham of  the Adventure Philosophy team are attempting an incredible journey using Ski’s Kites and Kayaks to travel across and down the coast of Greenland. Check out this link on a recent news report.

 http://www.tv3.co.nz/VideoBrowseAll/NationalVideo/tabid/309/articleID/32757/Default.aspx

New Zealand’s Adventure Philosophy team is one of the world’s foremost expedition teams. In 2005 Waters, Charles and fellow team member Mark Jones completed the world’s first sea kayak circumnavigation of South Georgia island, in the southern ocean, which lays claims to one of the roughest, most exposed coastlines on the planet. In 2001 the team also completed an unprecedented 800-kilometre sea kayak traverse of the Antarctic Peninsula. Sea kayaks also played a part in the team’s 2003 expedition – the first east-west traverse of the mountains of Tierra del Fuego, after an approach via sea kayak through the seas of Cape Horn.

If you want to stay updated then this is there web site where you can register for regular updates on there progress.

http://www.adventurephilosophy.com

Co. Kildare, Ireland - August 2007

From Pietro Ravasio...

"Hi! I've got a few new pictures for you. I've shot them last Sunday during a
'kiting BBQ' organized by my mates from www.dublinkiteclub.org at the
Curragh (co. Kildare, Ireland).
I hope you like the photos!
Cheers,
Pietro"

Mega Moon in Okinawa - July 2007

From Blake Pelton...

Got the call a few weeks ago from Scott Skinner, "Modegi-san is taking the Mega Moon to a Japan Kite Association event in Okinawa. You and I are being called to duty to head the crew and fly it. Blake, are you in?".

I had flown the Mega Moon five or six times prior to this, but other than that, I had no idea what I was getting into. Scott's short explanation, was all I had until our flight landed on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, Japan.

We arrived on the sunny island of Ishigaki Thursday Morning and headed directly to the flying field with Mr. Modegi. A fairly large open grassy area adjacent to the ocean with steady on-shore breeze greeted our arrival. We decided the best location for our anchor (a 51 ton Komatsu Excavator) after walking it off to ensure the kite would not end up on the road if the safety was pulled. Everything looked good and right on schedule for our pre-flight-flight on Saturday.

For Scott and I, it was nap time! So after a bit of sight seeing, meeting the local kiteboarders and some power shopping, we dove into our rooms for a quick nap before the welcome dinner that evening.

Saturday began with Peace Bell ringing ceremony in Ishigaki's city park marking the anniversary of the end of World War Two. As Americans, we felt honored to participate and had the opportunity to personally thank the Mayor for having us as guests. It was an awesome feeling to know that kites were the means that brought us to this historical peace ceremony.

Once the ceremony wrapped up, we shook hands with the Mayor one last time, agreed to meet again at dinner and headed off to the field for some Mega Moon flying!

Even though it was the day before the festival, the field was being set up and JKA members had kites in the air! We had lots of help unrolling the giant mass of super ripstop and prepared it for launch. The wind was fairly strong (the most the Mega Moon has ever flown in) and storm clouds loomed on the horizon on both sides. I contemplated a launch for a few minutes and after communicating with some locals about the weather patterns, decided that while the wind was strong, it was steady and the storms wouldn't be a threat. The leading edge was opened, the kite filled and headed skyward with a surge of power. It was a combination of the strong wind and the surge of power that broke a bridle line, deformed the kite and put big stress loads on some of the wrong areas. I released the main power line collapsing the kite and bringing it safely to the ground. After inspection, due to those stress loads there was some damage that required repair before we flew the next day. I don't know how, but within a matter of seconds Modegi-san made arrangements for us to use the local high school's gymnasium as a repair center, the crane truck loaded the kite on it's bed and he asked, "Blake-san, would you like an industrial sewing machine or domestic?".

"Industrial!" I quickly replied.

We were whisked away to the magic repair center where the magic crane lifted the 500lbs of Mega Moon up a flight of stairs, under a roof and delivered it just outside the gym's door. Inside, there was helpers carrying in the heavy industrial machine and someone at the door handing me a cold bottle of water to prepare me for my night of sewing. The team effort was nothing short of poetic. We spread out the kite and began searching for tears. Any time one was found, the "repair request" was in and two people delivered the sewing machine to the damage with one person following behind carrying the extension cord and plugging it in. Another would neatly place a chair under my ass while two or three others manipulated the kite to bring the repair to ME. It was like a finely tuned orchestra that had thousands of hours of practice!!! Never have I been treated like royalty while sewing. Truly an experience I will never forget.

Sunday. Show time. After the spectacular opening ceremony, we again unpacked the Mega Moon and straitened out the bridle mess made from packing it up in a gym. I quickly figured out a way to ensure the previous day's bridle problems would not reoccur no matter how strong the wind got. Sure enough, the wind was even stronger than Saturday! But this is Team Mega Moon...wind doesn't scare us!!! The media was set, the mayor was present and the Mega Moon powerfully took to the Ishigaki sky. With a crew of people on each side anchor, we orchestrated controlled flight for about a half an hour...but they just couldn't last any longer in the immense heat and humidity. Everyone let go and the Moon flew unaided for several more minutes despite some fluctuation in the wind speed and direction.

Success!!! Scott and I flew half way around the world, repaired one of the world's largest kites, pulled through and made it happen at a one day event!

If you ever have the chance to attend a kite festival in Japan, I highly recommend it. As a guest, I have never been treated with such fantastic hospitality. The Japanese kiting culture is rich in history and tradition while staying innovative and inspiring. The Mega Moon is a prime example of this philosophy...it stays true to its Japanese heritage while pushing the limits of what is possible.

St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada - March 2007

From Yves Laforest...

"A few years ago, we were asked...to go to Iqaluit to organize a kite event. Even though it was end of March, up there it was still frozen solid simply because we were not so far from the North Pole! For 5 days, we were flying and animating kite workshops for the Inuits there. That was an amaizing experience!"

Bribie Island, Sunshine Coast, Australia - May 2007

From Craig Hansen...

"I Have a bit of a picture story to tell I went to Australia Bribie Island Sunshine coast.

The winds were a bit light (for a buggy) so we got creative, cause we needed a bigger kite, and we had a 42m2 Manta Ray in the bag, so we used that to pull us home to the car park.

We put one man and all the weight and gear we had on to the buggy Hooked the kite to a harness and off we went.

Must be some sort of record like biggest kite eva on a peter Lynn comp buggy."

USA - May 2007

From Elijah Chancey...

"The buggy in the frame is an old PLK competition, and the kite is a C-Quad 4.2 Not that any of that matters, because a blonde is straddled around me blowing a kiss to the camera. You know, I've always had such a great time on the beach with my buggy, I decided to add a rear seat, and a camera to document the fun."

Cagliari, Italy- 2001

From Pietro Ravasio...

"One is a very old photo from Cagliari (Italy, Sardinia) Aquilandia kite festival in 2001..."

 

Dubai - Jan 2007

From (our very own) Craig Hansen...

"A recent stopover in Dubai on my way to a festival in Iran I had some time on my hands a beach and wind about 3.5 knots so went kite flying."

 

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