Carol Bechard & Kara Zubal,

9:30 am, Field A

  • Pre-registration will be open from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning at 9:00 am. Listen for announcements.
  • 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 criteria 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. Flyers may choose to compete at higher skill level than the questionnaire determines.
  • Registration will be open on Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 – 4:00 and again Thursday morning at 9:00.
  • 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.
  • Upon the completion of the competition, drawings will be made from the winners of each level for prizes.
    • APPRENTICE: A free ride scholarship to Fort Worden Kite Makers Conference (room, meals and tuition).
    • JOURNEYMAN: A free ride scholarship to Oregon Kite Makers Retreat (room, meals and tuition).
    • MASTERS: A gift basket full of surprises.




Times are approximate and based on number of entries in each category

9:30 – ARCHES, TRAINS AND CENTIPEDES – Kites of any shape or structure that is connected by lines to each other.

9:45 – 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. Kites must be made from traditional materials such as paper or silk with a bamboo frame. This includes countries such as Bali, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand.

10:00 – 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.

10:15 – STUNT / MULTI-LINE KITES – Kites which require more flying lines to lift the kite in the air and keep it steady as it flies.

10:45 – 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 wind socks, bols, wheels, etc.

11:15 – FIGURE 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.

11:30 – 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.

11:45 – Lunch

12:30 – Handcrafted Tribute Fly

1:00 – 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.

1:30 – ROKKAKU KITES – Kite shape must be six-sided and framed as a traditional Sanjo Rokkaku

2:00 – FIGHTER KITES – This category is open to all types and designs of fighter kites

2:15 – CELLULAR OR DIMENSIONAL KITES – A three dimensional structure with the wind flowing through channels formed by the sail surfaces which are also lifting surfaces.

2:45 – DELTA OR DELTA DERIVATIVES – Usually a triangular winged kite

3:15 – FLAT OR BOWED KITESThe lift surface is a single plane. Diamonds, Della Portas, Eddys, Edos, and Bermudas are all examples of Flat or Bowed Kites.

Handcrafted kites will be available for viewing at the northeast corner of field A following the judging of each category.


10:00 am, Registration Tent


The Associated Oregon Kiters will host a BBQ at the Columbia Heritage Museum in Ilwaco.  The doors open at 6 and dinner is served at 7pm.  Cost is $8 per person.  A bag raffle helps support the organization.


Hosted by John Barresi &

This will be a world record attempt at mega team flying (100 quad kites) during WSIKF.  They will practice during the week and make an attempt on Thursday and Friday (weather permitting).



Sky Pirates, Event Directors     12:30 pm Field A



Long Beach Elementary School
4th & Washington S

Gym opens at 3:00 pm

Single-Line Competition at 7:00 pm

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