August 21, 2014


9:30 a.m., Field A

• All kites entered in today’s competition will be flown and judged by the “RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR COMPREHENSIVE KITEMAKING COMPETITION,” published by the AKA, as a guideline.

• Every participant in the Handcrafted Kite Competition will be a winner! A special participation pin will be given to every competitor that enters at least one kite for judging.

• Judging criterion includes craftsmanship, structural design, kite flight and handling, and visual appeal.

• Each event (except Smallest Kite) will include three competitor levels: APPRENTICE, JOURNEYMAN, and MASTERS. A questionnaire form will be available to determine each competitor’s skill level. Fliers may choose to compete at higher skill level than the questionnaire determines.

• Pre-registration will be open for three hours on Wednesday afternoon. Listen for announcements.

  • Kites that have placed in Handcrafted Competition at WSIKF in previous years are ineligible to compete.

• Kites can be either built by an individual or cooperatively by two or more people (hence no Cooperative Kites category in this competition).

• Upon the completion of the competition, drawings will be made from the winners of each level for prizes. A scholarship to Fort Worden Kite Makers Conference (room, meals and tuition) will be awarded for the Apprentice level. A scholarship to the Oregon Kite Makers Retreat (room, meals, tuition) will awarded for the Journeyman level. A gift basket of surprises will be awarded for the Masters level.
Events (not listed in any particular order):

• ARCHES, TRAINS AND CENTIPEDES – Kites of any shape or structure that is connected by lines to each other.

• THE SMALLEST KITE – The kite should demonstrate stability in flight. Once meeting this requirement, the kite with the smallest amount of lifting surface will be declared the winner.

• FLAT OR BOWED KITES – The lift surface is a single plane. Diamonds, Della Portas, Eddys, Edos, and Bermudas are all examples of Flat or Bowed Kites.

• ROKKAKU KITES – Kite shape must be six-sided and framed as a traditional Sanjo Rokkaku

• CELLULAR OR DIMENSIONAL KITES – A three dimensional structure with the wind flowing through channels formed by the sail surfaces which are also lifting surfaces.

• DELTA OR DELTA DERIVATIVES – Usually a triangular winged kite

• SOFT & SEMI-RIGID – The shape of the kite is maintained by the interaction of the wind on the sail and the proper bridling of the kite. Semi-rigid kites may have spars going in one direction only.

• FIGURE, Multi-line OR NOVELTY KITES – Shapes of these kites represent persons, animals, or other objects. May be controlled by two or more lines. Kites whose surfaces are decorated with pictures or representations of the above are not considered figure kites.

• STUNTS OR MULTI-LINE KITES – Kites which require more flying lines to lift the kite in the air and keep it steady as it flies.

• TRADITIONAL KITES – Kites include eastern or western kites using designs that might have been found before 1950 and/or based on designs indigenous to the region they represent. This includes countries such as Bali, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand.

• LINE ACCESSORIES & GROUND ART – Sometimes referred to as “line art,” this category will included any tethered object. The object may be tethered to a kite, line, or the ground. Examples would include windsocks, bols, wheels, etc.

• FIGHTER KITES – This category is open to all types and designs of fighter kites

• INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS & DESIGNS – This category recognizes new designs or styles of kites that do not fit within any other category. Imagination, innovation, experimentation, and originality are added emphasis.

Registration For Mass Ascensions

10:00 a.m., Registration Tent

Water Creatures in the Sky!

Water Creatures in the Sky Mega Fly

Sponsored by the World Kite Museum

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM             Fielda B and C

The Kite Museum created this event to get experienced kite flyers and beginners flying together and appreciating each other, plus having fun. You can buy your kite at the Museum Store at the beach; you can make your sea critters from written directions or a class; you can take a plain kite and paint or draw a fish or squid or octopus or something else that lives or goes in the water.

To get a pin for the fun you’ll have, you need to register at the table on the south end of the registration tent and then come back to the tent when your hour or more is over and collect your pin. This arrangement is good for those who are competing in handcrafted events by arranging your mega flying at your convenience

Get involved in the fun.


Sky Pirates, Event Directors 12:30 Field A

Following in our tradition, a tribute fly is held annually to recognize the contributions of kite makers that have had an impact in the Northwest.  Each year a kite maker is chosen to receive this recognition.  Filling the flying field with kites, banners or wind art that this person has created or inspired in kite making classes pays tribute to the kite maker being recognized.

This year we are pleased to honor Gerry & Cliff Pennell.

The Pennells became interested in kiting from observing and admiring kites on the beaches in 1989.  They flew “store bought” kites until 1991 when they began making kites.  The few kites in the beginning have now turned into a collection of over 250 kites.

Cliff and Gerry each bring their own interests and experiences to their kitebuilding.  Cliff has a background in math and enjoys drafting patterns and creating the templates for cutting.  Gerry has years of clothing construction experience as well as teaching sewing to high school students.

Gerry can be given the credit for starting many new kite builders.  She has taught the Basic Sewing and Kitebuilding Class at the Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference and at the Oregon Kitemakers Retreat for over 20 years as well as several classes for kite clubs.  It is exciting to her to see former class participates on the beaches and in competitions with some of their newest projects.

Cliff has taught classes at Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference, Oregon Kitemakers Retreat, and Midwest Area Kitemaking Retreat.  Cliff is a photographer who is published in American Kiteflyers Association’s magazine, “Kiting” and several local newsletters.  He has flown kites on six continents.

Kiting has given the Pennells an opportunity to truly enjoy a hobby together going from the “I have an ideal for a kite,” to “WOW! Look at it in the sky.”  One of their projects was a Della Porta with a Bargello quilting design, which took over 67 hours to make (but that included a few “artistic discussions.”).  Their largest project was a pair of Edos which are 12.5 feet by 6.5 feet. One of the Edos was the Grand National Champion runner up in 2004.  There are always more ideals than time to create them.

The Pennells also conduct many Teddy Bear Drops locally.  Cliff can be heard saying, “One, two, three, Bear in the air,” at the Windriders Kite Festival, Washington State International Kite Festival, the Up Your Winds Festival, and at Pacific Beach State Park.

For the Pennells kiting is not a hobby, but an obsession.  Cliff summarizes his kiting experiences by what he calls the five F’s of kiting:  friends, fun, festival, flying and fabrication.  It is hard to pick out the one that is the MOST FUN !!!!