Tied to the Sky

  • Spring has arrived!

     After a looong winter, Spring has finally arrived in our small corner of the Canadian prairies.  They days are getting warmer, sun shining longer and of course nice wind!   Our fresh stock continues to arrive and being added and updated in our online kite store.  We are really excited with the addition of a few new products and these include:  New Sail patterns and colours for the Revolution 1.5 packed with both the SLE and 3-Wrap leading edge making this a really great kite package!   There are quite a few new designs for 2013 and we have also...

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  • Meet HQ Kites

     We spend a great deal of time looking for great kites and accessories for our customers.   Our goal is to find those kites that are great looking and engaging visually but also are good flyers!  How many of us have been frustrated to go and try to fly a kite that looks cool in the store but doesn't fly well? This is no way to spend leisure time especially with our children.  We also spend a a lot of time getting to know the manufacturer.  We are interested in their customer service.  Quite frankly, if they treat us well,...

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  • American Kitefliers Association

     When I started out flying kites I was bitten by the kite bug in a big way!  Imagine my excitement to find what really is a world-wide organization of kite flyers and enthusiast of all stripes.   The AKA has been a welcomed place of connection and place to meet new folks, stay abreast of the latest kite news and a great deal more. There are plenty of benefits to joining the AKA as a Canadian kite enthusiast.  Here are just a few: Kiting Magazine - a fantastic quarterly publication that is packed with great articles, news and breath taking photo's.  Serious,...

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  • Elite Kites & More on Sale this week at Great Canadian Kite Co.

     Well the big day has come and gone, and we hope it was the best Christmas ever for you!   To keep the fun rolling we are offering two sales, offering our already competitively priced Kites at even greater savings! Sale # 1 is a general Kite sale on all single line, beginner stunt kites, traction kites and accessories.  Take 10% all in stock items in these categories! Discount Code at time of checkout "Boxing Day Sale 2012" Sale # 2 If this is not enough to get you soaring we are offering a whopping 15% off all instock Elite Kites...

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  • Christmas Break

     Well in a little less than 24 hours the big day will be here!   It has been a very busy season for us this year and we are looking forward to some time away as a family.   We are visiting family for Christmas and have the opportunity to connect with my sister and her family - who we haven't seen in about two years!  We are really excited about some much need rest and reconnecting with family, and as a family for some fun! If you haven't signed up for our newsletter, you probably haven't heard about of Boxing Day...

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  • Christmas Rush

     Cruising in on the big day!   Christmas day is 8 days away and yes, there is still time to get that special something delivered on  time for Christmas morning to most parts of the country using Xpress Post!   As you may appreciate the elves here at the Great Canadian Kite Company have been packing and shipping kites at a fevered pace.   With each box that is packed and picked up for delivery, I keep thinking about each name I see on each box.  I often wonder how they celebrate the holidays and how much I hope the kites we are sending will...

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  • Revolution Kites :: The Story

     This post is all about the history of Revolution Kites.  More than kites, this dynamic and innovative company has developed, hands-down, the best quad-line stunt kite on the market.  Sadly, often copied, the counterfeits are nowhere near the quality or performance standard of the authentic Rev kites.  Not unlike the introduction of dual line stunt kite back in the day, Revolution kites have breathed new vibrancy into a traditional and historic hobby for a new generation of kite enthusiasts. I have heard it said by some that the quad line kites are difficult to fly but my experience has been...

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  • The Building of a Winner - R-Sky Kites

     It is true.  I have met very few kites I didn't like.  Maybe this is the confession of a kite addict.  My wife has always maintained that I have a kite addiction but I suppose like many spouses of the kite addicted - they look on with suspicion as we employ the "this is my last one" to rationalize why we need just one more kite.   I have tried support groups for addicted kite flyers but really it wasn't any help because I come out of each meeting drooling and shaking with kite lust - I tremble as I...

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  • Autumn Kite Flying on the Prairies

     Well it's official.  The summer of 2012 has officially ended giving way to autumn.  The leaves are changing color and falling from their soon-to-be sleeping hosts, and the smooth gentle winds blow them all into my yard!    I like autumn because with the crops all harvested the flying fields become abundant. The winds tend to come gently from the west and the south and have been 6 - 20 kph (between 4 and 12 mph) and on the lighter side I really enjoy a light wind kite - typically an UL or an SUL and away I go.   I like...

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  • Kite Trick / Stunt Tutorials

    Here are a few online, Stunt Kite trick tutorials from a few different sources.  Whether you are taking to the sky for the first time or have lots of flight time, these resources are great to help you learn to nail an assortment of some of the coolest tricks.  They will demonstrate and explain step-by-step how to do some of the coolest kite maneuvers. I find these tutorials help break down a stunt in such a way that you can get a sense of what's actually happening - with your body and with the kite.  Like most everything, this will...

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