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Posted: Fri, Sep 14 2007, 07:55 PM
by Draftnik
To make things easier last year when talking with the city we made up some terminology for classifing kiters on the fly. (I hated to do it, but it was impossilbe to explain to the folks unfamilar with the sport what was what without it!) Anyway, we used two classes with the sport kiters Demo Flyers, and Performance Flyers. Basically anyone with an AKA title got put in the Performance class, and anyone who could fly with some consistencey was Demo class.

I mention it because delineating the two I think might take the fright out of doing a demo for some. This isn't a area where we expect syncronized corriographed routines, we just wanna see a kiter having fun and enjoying the activity to music.

Re: Terms

Posted: Sat, Sep 15 2007, 10:42 PM
by Jim Foster
Funny that you should mention this subject at this time. I think you hit the nail right on the head. I guess Lynn and I would fall into the "Demo" group. Below is a bio I prepared a couple of days ago to give to the announcer tomorrow at the Seal Beach Kite Festival. Announcers are always happy to get a little something on paper to tell about flyers.

Kite Kids Bio

The Kite Kids are Lynn and Jim Foster. Married for 33 years, they call Walnut Grove, CA their home. They are retired, have a small silver trailer and they travel a lot, flying kites whenever they can!

They have been flying Revolution kites for about five years. Last year they started flying together.

They don’t fly the rehearsed, choreographed
routines to music that other pairs fly, but rather a
series of maneuvers, called on the fly, the way square dancers do. This shows the fun two people can have flying together.

Each time they fly it’s different. Sort of a "Mystery Ballet", but to the music of their choosing. Sometimes it works out well, sometimes not so well, but it’s always fun.

That’s what it’s all about.