Our summer season came to an end, now i’m preparing for winter and the next summer. So lets throwback at a beautiful time and beautifiul memories.
It is march 2017 i’m preparing to start the new summer season,
The first thing that came in mind was: Lets buy a new kite.
I bought a 15m octopus and gave hil the name Taiki-pus. our mascot.
2. Lentevliegeren @ Zeebrugge ,BE – Spring kiteing @Zeebrugge, BE
The first meeting we participated in was the meeting in Zeebrugge, a small kite festival ideal for testing new things, kites , esuipment and the repairs that i did in the winter.
exept for my stuff there were many other kites to see
3. Westende kite festival
Between Zeebrugge and Westende we skipped all festivals due to private reasons and weather conditions.
But in Westende i was present and i did bring something new.
May i present, our next big thing my (in the mean time, famous) Koinobori’s
I made them espacialy for this kite festival, this because its also the fisherman fair in Westende the exact same weekend.
bigger festivals means more and bigger kites,
After the first part of the kite festivals we did tak a break an i got on a holiday. But i didnt sit still, i had my kite and KAP gear with me. First stop, Campsite “De Kleine Wielen – Leeuwarden”
you have also several smal and pitoresk villages
i even took my gear to the island of texel
5. Rijsbergse vlieger dagen
the most special event i did this year, this is because i took my koinobori’s to the next level,
Koinobori’s nightfly mode,
30 AA batery’s
125m 2x 0,75mm2 Cu wire
Weight: to much but workable
we also had 2 beautiful days full of kiteflying and some rain
6. G-Sports Dendermonde
The last summer thing i did this year was G-sports dendermonde, a day of sport an fun for the people with special needs. a friend of mine that helped organised the meeting asked mee to take some aerials from the site.
7. Ending of the summer season:
overal it was a verry fun season, making lots of new friends, adding a new crew member, buying new kites, doing some repairs,
Last weekend it was the 9th edition of the “Rijsbergse vliegerdagen”. It was well organized and a lot to do, maybe even to much to tell and i definetley gonna forget something but i gonna try and tell the whole story,
Here we go:
Friday 18th of august
I took a day off from work, to get there in time. For me it was a 2h drive. When we arrived (after picking up a friend, 2h drive and eating some fries) we already saw a lot of kites in the air. But first thing first, we hadded some setting up to do: Tent, Kites, fridge.
After that, we had some test flight time
Saturday 19th of august
Most of al it was a beautiful day, we only had 2 little rain showers.
One of the first thing i got into the air was my Koinobori fishes,
The crowd loved them,
i had to do the explanation about the meaning of the koinobori 7+ times
Because i love animals and the theme of the morning was “Zoo” i also took “Taikipus”
my inflatable and self flying octopus
But then the rain came and my Koinoboris where soked, but because i needed them later on the day i dit an emergency drying
Also there where a lot of side thing to do, like “candy dropping” and “teddy bear parachute jumping” and aslo “Boris”
Boris The Kite Dog
the owners learnd Boris to fly kites, it was a lot of fun to watch.
Other things to see
Horses, Lobsters, Airplains, Rotors, Sleds, people, a lot to see abd a lot of activity around the kite fields and also on the kite fields
Time flies when you having fun, is an understatement. In no time it was 18 o clock.
time to prepare for kite flying
the first thing we did was eating, you can’t fly on an empty stomach,
Before we started there was a show of “Fenix Taiko” and “de Vlaggenzwaaiers”
After that it was time to get the secret weapon, i modified my koinobori especially for this. 350 led lights and 30 batteries that’s what i needed to get this work, and it did work
at the last tests we did with the 105 fishes, i discovered that 1 string didn’t work, so i removed it to lose some weight
when the night fell, it became time to perform, and like always…. Wind drops,
no wind no kite flying so they moved me to the back of the show an lucky me, the wind was back,
Sunday 20th of august
Again a beautiful day and a lot of kites, what do you want more,
The second edition of the “westende kite festival” was one big time of FUN, beautiful weather, nice wind, a lot of people,… What you ask more
The sunday parade yopu can find on page 2
For this festival i made something myself, a piece of line laundry, For the people who doesn’t know, Line laundry are is form or figures, kites that cannot fly by themselves, but they need a pilot kite to pul them into the sky
my “Koinobori’s” (105 pieces of fishes) where a big hit, you can easily spot them in the air and in the pictures.
wanna know the meaning and tradition that comes with the koinobori’s, go to page 3