Tied to the Sky / kite news
An interesting TED presentation by Nic O’Neill. Nic is the former president of the American Kitefliers Association (AKA), and shares her passion for kites of many different kinds. Whether flying on the beach doing loop-de-loops or snowkiting with skis, Nic shares the freedom and magic of kites.
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, the magazine is worth the price of membership.
- Member Discounts - As a member of the AKA you are entitled to an immediate 10% discount on all purchases made at AKA Member Merchants - 100 of them and you betcha! at the Great Canadian Kite Company is an AKA Member Merchant!
- AKA Website - packed with lots of information and resources along with an active forum, the AKA website is a great way to stay connected and meet new folks and tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience.
About the AKA from their website:
We are men, women, adults and children, from all walks of life. Our interests run from kitebuilding to multi-line kite competition, from miniature kites, to aerial photography and more. Some of us are in the kite trade, but we are not a trade organization.
The AKA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing kiting with the world.
The American Kitefliers Association was founded in 1964 by the late Robert M. Ingraham of New Mexico. Now, with over 3,000 members, in 25 countries, we are the largest association of kiters in the world. Our purpose is to educate the public in the art, history, technology, and practice of building and flying kites - to advance the joys and values of kiting in all nations.
We strive to promote public awareness of the pleasures and educational opportunities that kites provide. They can remind us about how we interact with our environment and each other. Kites can be a source of community building, breaking down barriers that typically prevent us from interacting. No words are needed to fly a kite.