Jim’s Kites

I am a kite buyer, not a kite maker, so if you want information on building your own kite, this is not the place to find it.  For that, try www.kitebuilder.com among others.  

If you have an interest in Kite Aerial Photography (KAP), which involves lifting a camera with a kite, all you need is at  http://arch.ced.berkeley.edu/kap/discuss/

And whatever your kiting interest, join the American Kitefliers Association to get four free glossy magazines each year, contact with other fliers, lots of information, and a 10% discount when buying from most American dealers, all for a low subscription.  Overseas members are welcome.

If you are in New Zealand, check out the New Zealand Kitefliers Association  for news about kiting and contact with other fliers, as well as other useful information and links.

And a young lady, Brittany, in America, just found a great source with links to lots of sites dealing with kites and kite history. http://www.cheapflights.com/promos/unique-flights-kite-flying is basically a site offering cheap airline deals, but this page of links is a great service to those with an interest in kiting.

Another young lady, Caroline, also from America, has found a useful source at http://www.air-n-water.com/articles-wbp-air-flow-kites.htm . This has many links on different aspects of kites and kiting, so it’s well worth a look.

New Brighton Kite Day

Christchurch, New Zealand 27 January 2013

The biggest crowd I have seen on New Brighton beach turned out to watch this year’s Kite Day, and there were hundreds of kites in the air.  With near-perfect weather conditions, a great time was had by participants and spectators.  I have uploaded a video to YouTube or you can watch it         .

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Kite Festival,  New Brighton

Christchurch, N Z     20 October 2012

This event was part of Christchurch’s inaugural Spring River festival, designed to lift people’s spirits after the damaging earthquakes suffered during the last two years.  While only a small festival, it was favoured by good weather and a good show was put on for the many spectators.  See the video at  http://youtu.be/jj8aGtq7-vE  or you can  watch it

here here

A beautiful blue sky provided the perfect backdrop to New Brighton Kite Day 2013, and a steady on-shore breeze gave almost ideal flying conditions.  The sky was full of kites most of the day, and thousands of people turned up to watch them and sometimes to join in.

My Pterodactyl kite (bottom) flies on Kite Day with a Peter Lynn ray. The Pterodactyl is made by Premier Kites and has quickly become one of my favourite kites.  It is a combination of a sticked kite and an inflatable, since the head, body and tail inflate with the wind to give a very realistic shape.  


New Brighton Kite Day

January 25 2014

This event proved a great success.  See my video on YouTube .  I will post some photos later.

2013 Flight 4 Life charity kite-fly at Lake Hood, Ashburton

This great event was very successful, despite the efforts of the wind to frustrate all the kite-fliers.  In the end, many kites flew, everyone had a good time, and money was raised for a good cause.  The organisers, Simon Chisnall, Lyndall Chisnall and Craig Hansen and their helpers did a grand job, and with luck they will do it again next year.

See my video of the event on Youtube or watch it

I will try soon to post some photos taken by my son, Paul Nicholls, as I had no time to take any myself.


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