Tied to the Sky / kite shop

National Kite Day - Just what I needed!

February 8 and I discover it is National Kite Day.   February? Kites?  Maybe for the the adrenaline junkies racing across the snow pulled by large traction kites, or perhaps for the lucky folks in southern climates where cold and snow are not a reality - but February 8th in Southern Alberta?

Well, God was smiling upon this prairie boy today with a gorgeous sunny day at a balmy +16 degrees Celsius and a lovely west wind  about 20 kph.   The flying field was clear and dry - so I couldn't have asked for a better day in February!

I started off with a new favourite - the Toxic by R-Sky.  Such a sexy dual-line kite, tuned right in and she snapped to attention.   Had times where I would toss it around the sky to the delight of the children in the school yard across the way as they pressed up against the chain link to watch the Toxic strut her stuff.  Lots of cheers from the pint-sized audience!  Made this kite flying hack feel like a pro!

The recess bell rang and the children returned to class and the I started practicing forms, and a few more graceful patterns.  It has been a long while since I had opportunity to enjoy an extended period of time to fly.

As you probable know - a kite day is not complete without some time with Revolution quad line kite.  The winds had diminished to about 12-15kph so I chose one of my favourites - a full sail1.5 with a 3 wrap frame in our shop colours O'Canada.   Talk about therapeutic!  OMG - sail loaded so nicely, the wind wasn't too trashy at all.   I was a bit concerned that my injured right arm would struggle with control but even my body chose to be gracious on this lovely day.   I like Revs for so many reasons,  I like the precision, the outa box unidirectional control, introverted flying , stop at a dime, and the way they hover, like they are nailed to the sky.

(The only bummer was couldn't find the power cord to my video camera to get the battery charge and shoot some video.  I'd like to blame my kid... but truth be told... I think I'm the guilty party.)

FYI - used Shanti Warp Speed line on both kites today.  Love Shanti line - performs greats, lasts forever!

A fantastic day - and the good news... the rest of the week is looking even better!  I hope that wherever you are that you have time to get out and fly whatever puts a smile on your face!

Smooth Winds.

 

P.S. - April is National Kite Month!

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Grateful for the Love!

Enjoying a cup of coffee this morning looking at the snow covered backyard.   Noticing the wind in the tree's thinking about kites, kite flying and our 10 year adventure as a kite retailer.  Reflecting on how we have grown as a company, as a family and as individuals.  Reflecting over the years on the challenges but also the many fun and exciting times we have had and the many great people we have met.

One of the things that is a  key indicator of our success has been the many, many customers who are repeat customers.   There is nothing more affirming than cultivating long-term relationships with people who like what you do and the way you do it.

I suppose we are blessed because not only do we have faithful customers but there are many folks who take the time to send us a note telling us how happy they are with their kites, our service and how we have supported them and answered their questions (even on products that they haven't even purchased from us). Many will often send us pictures of their kites in the air and the smiles on the faces of those flying them!

"I am just writing to let you know that the carbon tube has arrived and that it is exactly what I needed to repair my kite. It was a pleasure doing business with you. I've bookmarked your website so that I have it for quick reference for my future kite needs. Your business name is an accurate description." - Kyle

"Just a quick note to say thanks for the excellent service you have provided in 2015" - Jean-Claude

"I received the customized rods for my daughters kite.  They are great! Thank you so much for the excellent client service." - Michael B.


We are a small, family-owned and operated kite company based on the prairies of southern Alberta.  We love kites, and enjoy sharing that passion with others!  We take great pride in supplying great kites and kiting accessories from some of the very best kite manufacturers on the planet to some of the best customers on the planet!  

As 2016 begins, we want to say thank you for a wonderful decade and we are excited for 2016!

(Photo by: Jean-Claude D.)

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Gift Cards!

Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Great Canadian Kite Company Gift Card.

Gift cards provide a flexible way for you to purchase a gift for someone from Great Canadian Kite Company, while maintaining full freedom of choice! You simply purchase gift cards the same, secure way that you purchase any other of our product. And unlike a gift certificate, the recipient can spread the gift card balance over multiple visits!

Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees.

See our New Gift Cards

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Canadian Dollar & Kite Prices

Great Canadian Kite Company!As anyone who has been watching the value of the Canadian $$ versus the American has noticed, it appears as if the days of parity have disappeared for a while.  While in many ways this is good news for the Canadian manufacturing and the resource sectors, it will begin to impact prices on our imports, and yes, this includes kites!

I am preparing for my trip to the Kite Trade Association International (KTAI) meeting in Las Vegas at the end of the month.  I will be meeting with a number of kite manufacturers to see the latest, hottest kite products coming to the market.  We work closely throughout the year with our suppliers to ensure we are in the loop and you can access some great kites. 

(Watch our Facebook Page for Posts from Vegas starting Jan. 29)

Many of the manufacturers are also seeing their manufacturing costs increasing and some are being squeezed for manufacturing time forcing them to anticipate demand much further in advance than before.  Of course these cost get passed on down the line. We are seeing our product costs and the Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) of many of our kite products firming.  In addition, the Canadian dollar's relative weakness compared to US currency is putting increased pressure on kite prices in Canada.

We are fortunate for a number of efficiencies that allow us to continue to offer some of the best kites and accessories at really competitive prices - even with the US retailers. Purchasing your kites and kite accessories from the Great Canadian Kite Company will ensure:

  • Competitive pricing
  • Quality products & service
  • In house parts
  • Special / Custom Orders - Quick & Easy
  • Easier exchanges and returns (See our generous Return Policy)
  • Prompt After Sale Service
  • No surprises like extra fees, taxes and duties
  • No exchange rate shock on your credit card statement
  • Your Orders don't get bogged down clearing Customs

Great Canadian Kite Company is celebrating almost a decade in the Kite business, and we have taken pride in doing the best job we can to provide quality kites and accessories at FAIR, competitive prices.  The best part continues to be the opportunity to serve many, many of you over again!  We are so grateful for your patronage!

Below is a graph showing the change in the relative value of the Canadian dollar to the US.  Typically, we as consumers do not pay this price on our credit card purchases, as the card issuers generally charge 1-5% for margin.  Check with your credit card company for further details.  

As a courtesy, here is a link to RBC to demonstrate what might be indicative of a consumer exchange rate. Exchange Calculator

 

Graph source: https://www.google.ca/finance?q=CADUSD

 

 

 

 

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