Monday, September 21, 2015

Thursday August 20th, 2015 - Day 4 at WSIKF

Due to the loss of our internet connection at the cabins where we stayed, I wasn't able to post each day at the festival. It's been 4 weeks since the festival, so... here's a selection of photos from day four thru day seven. Enjoy!

Cat Gabriel & Jim Day launch a rokkaku train kite for judging

The Crow... creator unknown

International guests of the festival, Max & Sylvia Da Fonseca
Cardoso of Brazil and Washington kitemaker, Louis DeWolf

Max & Silvia make their beautiful kites out of paper & wood
(a new one for each festival they travel to)

These bols are about 3 stories tall

The early morning breeze was just strong enough to inflate
them, but not make them rotate

By noon the bols were doing their thing

The giant kite field on Friday

Mass ascension of delta kites
(left to right - my rainbow delta, Rhonda's Brasington delta
& the new delta she won at the WKA auction)

Four deltas on one line... kinda like a mobile in reverse

They constantly change position, just as a mobile does
when there's air motion

Here comes the Parade of Colors

My Cody and a few others flying in the mist during
the mass Cody ascension

Two custom Codys - makers unknown

Mike Hagen, Rhonda Davidson, Cat Gabriel & Jim Day
at the mass ascension of soft kites

A few of the soft kites being flown Sunday morning...

My patriotic foil & a foil that's on fire!

Two runners & a soccer ball

Stay tuned for at least one more WSIKF 2015 post.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - Day 3 at WSIKF

Day three at the Washington State International Kite Festival was all about the Red, White and Blue. And as Mike, Rhonda and I have a fair amount of patriotic kites, line laundry, flags and banners between us, we decided to enter the "Paint Me Patriotic" camp display competition. While everyone else's camp was mostly about feather banners, our camp had it all: windsocks and feather banners on the ground, a kite arch of 18 kites and four kites above it all. We even had the American flag flying from Mike and Rhonda's 19 foot delta kite. Our efforts were rewarded with a second place ribbon.

Two of the other patriotic displays:

8 banners side-by-side form the American flag 

This was the day WSIKF put on their Foster Grandparents Fun Fly event (eleventh annual, no less) designed to give young kids a chance to experience the joy of kite flying with an experienced kiter. Several dozen kites were constructed by some of the experienced kitemakers (Rhonda made 15 of the little deltas), and the kids that participated got to keep the kite that was given to them.

Another event for the kids was the Candy Drop.

First they haul up a really big kite...
something that can lift a big bag of candy up high.

A bag of candy is pulleyed up to the kite line
and then released for the kids to scoop up.

The kids got to make kites in the afternoon; also, there was awards given to the best camps set up by kids.

Two more events were held in the afternoon... the Individual Rokkaku Battle and Senior Ballet. Somehow I didn't get any photos. Maybe I can get a few photos from Mike Hagen to post.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday, August 18th... Day Two at WSIKF

We arrived at the beach around 9:30 in the morning; giant kites were already being launched into the sky.

Day two is mostly a day for us to wander around meeting old friends, making new ones and taking lots of pictures. The days events included a camera workshop, a photo walk and judging of 'Club Camps;' Club camps are ground displays set up by teams and can include ground art, banners, flags, tents, kites 'at rest,' people in costume, pets and anything else your imagination can come up with. Judging is based on color coordination, artistic merit, innovation and overall presentation.

Beach balls

Pirates... arrrgh!



German heraldry

...with a kite in those colors to match (the one on top)

Here's some of the kites being flown on this day:

One of Robert Brassington's big box kites

A Brassington spinner and five of his deltas

A Brassington cellular kite

Some jellyfish, a seal & a seahorse

One of the big parafoils with nice tails

The day also included Individual and Team Rokkaku Kite Battles. Using traditional Japanese rokkaku kites, contestants to see who can knock their opponent's kite out of the sky (usually by either tangling their kites or by cutting the opponents line with friction). Rokkaku battles are real crowd pleasers.

But, somehow, neither Mike, Rhonda or myself managed to be there to photograph or video the event. So... here's a YouTube video to show you what traditional Japanese kite fighting is all about.

Stay tuned for Day Three. There's all kinds of activities coming up, especially for the kids.

Monday, August 24, 2015

What happened to my daily posts from WSIKF?

I had planned to post daily from WSIKF just as I did last year. However... when we arrived at our cabin, 1) the room wasn't available until the next day, 2) we had to stay in separate rooms that night and 3) once in the correct room, we had no internet connection until last Friday.

So... now that I'm back home, I will organize my notes & photos and post daily. In the mean time, here's a few photos and a video to tide you over.

Those bols are as tall as a three-story building