August 20, 2015

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


World Kite Museum Fly

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


Bary Crites Tribute Fly

Sky Pirates, Event Directors 12:30 Field A