09
Feb
11

My Heart shaped kites flying over Paris – Mes cerf-volants coeur

Daphné and my Heart shaped kites fling over the Invalides Field in the center of Paris, a few yards from the Eiffel Tower. (2.5m x2.5m + 4 meters tail)
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Le coeur de Daphné et le mien volant au dessus des Invalides à Paris, simplement attachés à la rembarde en béton sur le coté ! (2.5m x2.5m + la traine de 4 mètres pour le garder horizontal et gonflé)

09
Feb
11

Os Flying Cursor Kite – cerf-volant curseur à Berck

A flying OS cursor on the beach – 4 lines Revolution like kite, made by Ben HOWARD (FLIC team) inspired by Tim Everston work at Windfire kite factory with his Mac OS Windfire Cursor.
Filmed at the 2010 International kite festival of Berck-sur-Mer, france (RICV).
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Ben et un de ses dernier cerf-volants Quatre lignes dans le principe des Revolutions, librement inspiré du cerf-volant curseur de Tim Everston, Windfire Kites.
Filmé lors de l’édition 2010 du festival de Breck-sur-Mer.

06
Jun
10

The Decorators ballet with 8 Revolution kites – Berck 2010

A nice revolution kites (quad or 4 lines kites) ballet from the english team The Decorators
And some 2010 news with Felix Mottram…

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Des nouvelles de la plus ancienne équipe de Cerf-volant d’Angleterre : Les Decorators et son chef Felix Mottram
et leur dernier ballet à 8 – toujours sur une musique très “zen” – à Berck sur Mer en Avril 2010

06
Jun
10

5 great powerkites ZEBRA z2 (7m2) from LIBRE (team FLIC)

Nice ballet with 5 out of their 9 very powerfull powerkites ZEBRA Z2 from the german brand LIBRE owned by the French Team FLIC (Four Lines International Club) – they are helped at the 2010 Berck sur Mer Kite festival by the teams IMPOSSIBLE and VENTIL’HAUT. Those kites are normally used for buggy kiting – and for shows when there is now wind.

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Beau ballet de 5 des 9 Zebra Z2 (marque LIBRE, Allemagne) que posséde l’équipe FLIC ( Four Lines International Club). ILs volent habituellement avec des cerf-volants 4 lignes REVOLUTION pour leurs ballets – ou font de la traction avec des buggys et des grandes ailes, et pour certains font du kitesurf… bref voila un mélange de genres quand il n’y a pas assez de vent pour faire voler les revos,

Ils volent ici au festival de Berck sur Mer en Avril 2010, aidés par le Team Impossible et Ventil’Haut

05
May
10

Night Flight at the Berck Kite Festival, April 2010

My mylar 3 revolution kites stack is flying in company of the white revs’ of the FLIC team (Four Lines International Kite Club), an homemade UL freestyle white delta from Lionel Reynier, white pterodactyles and birds from Karl and Sara longbottom, and then, amazing fireworks organized by Berck-sur-Mer. April 2010.

Movie by my sweet Daphné.

12
Apr
10

A new Bike from Revolution Kites

BREAKING NEWS….

from Ben DANTONIO, Revolution Kites General Manager, during the kite teams World Cup in Berck, France.

Revolution kite is now selling his new rev ZEN, a big rev with a great design and flying skills, special made Beresi’s series made by Bazzer… but the great news is that…

Apple has its Steve Jobs and new products…
Revolution Kites has Ben Dantonio with his new amazing product…

A revolutionary designed bike made out of carbon fibers with a very unique strearing weel which permits to turn in a very small space… It will be made and sold by a famous bike brand under the name of Revolution with a very big minimum garanted fee…meaning that Revolution Kites is very shure that its new revolutionary product will be a hit.

Ben wil send some pictures very shortly when he will stop flying with megateam in Berck (yesterday – 24 and next weekend close to 40 ! )

Where is Ben ???
http://www.revkites.com/forum/index.php?/forum/37-wheres-ben/

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Une superbe surprise de la part de Ben DANTONIO ( Directeur Général de Revolution Kites) à Berck…

Plus fort que Steve Jobs chez Apple, il nous annonce la dernière invention révolutionnaire de la marque : un velo en carbone qui avec une forme très speciale – il permet de faire demi-tour sur moins de 2metres.

la forme a bien sur été déposée et un accord avec un fabriquant et vendeur de velo américain a été conclu sur un minimum de plusieurs millions de dollars de vente – c’est dire combien Revo est sûr de son produit !
Sa sortie devrait être maintenant rapide et j’ai hâte de voir à quoi il ressemble…

à très bientôt pour pleins de videos déjà tournées ce weekend et plein d’autres le weekend prochain.

04
Feb
10

Leafkite in Indonesia / Découverte du Cerf-volant feuille

( English ) Discover the great International Kite Festival of Muna Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Where i whent in August 2009, invited by Sari Madjid and Tinton, the organizer of the festival, as the Kite Festival of Jakarta.

Leafkites ( lyanglyang = kite in Indonesian) where invented thouthand years ago and still made traditionaly in Indonesia, please discover how :

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( French )Voila un grand périple – 4 avions et 1 bateau pour rejoindre de Paris l’ile de Muna, près de l’ile de Célèbes, à 3000 km à l’est de Jakarta, en Indonésie. On y fabrique encore les cerf-volants de feuille séchées, attachées à l’aides d’aiguilles de bambou sur un cadre de bambou et lianes tressées. Les cerf-volants font 1,5 x 1m et sont équipés au dos d’un arc vibrant, jouant des sons selon le vent.

Voila mon petit reportage au festival de Muna avec la crème des fabriquants de cerf-volants locaux, dont le chef de la police !

23
Oct
09

Women knicker’s, Dove and Pterodactyl by KARL LONGBOTTOM

For about a year, i suddenly have been much more interested by light single line kites to play indoor or in very light winds in the field, waiting to fly bigger and heavier kites. Those kites are great to watch but they are often even greater to fly.

Here are 3 of my favourite kites at the moment, with lots of innovations, humour, very well design and made by Karl, and at last but not least, quite cheap ! :

The lad’ys knickers, the dove and the amazing pterodactyl i fly this summer in New-York, Bali and so many other places in Indonesia.

Much more informations about Karl on his website :
http://www.longbottom.org.uk/

08
Oct
09

My Indoor Revolution kite stack demo at the Alcochete Festival 2009

Very light mylar stack with light P100 frame for 3 revs – sorry i am not a pro and it seems to work finely with genuine revs – but the aim is to have a great time – March 2009 in Portugal near Lisbon :

08
Oct
09

The Air-Yo – IndoorkIte in Portugal

I love that kite – The Air-Yo –
We had such a great time with it at the Alcochete festival, Portugal in March 2009 –
Revolution Kites makes also a kite which is quite similar by its concept – that i have not tried yet –

http://www.air-yo.com

06
Oct
09

Fishing with a kite – the Traditional and Modern way

When i went to the Muna Island Kite Festival in August 2009, next to the Sulawesi Island, 4000 km ouest of Jakarta, 300 km est of Borneo, i saw lots of great leaf kites flying high in the sky, but i did not have the chance to see one of the great tradition in flying kites : KITE FISHING.

Back from fishing with kites

Back from fishing with kites

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As Wikipedia tels us, even if it is sed that some allusions were done about kites in the greek litterature, it was probably invented in south-est asia, chinese people say China, Indonesian people in Indonesia, New Guinea people…

http://www.opalesurfcasting.net/techniques_de_peche_en_mer/kite_fishing/du_nouveau_et_une_video_sur_la_pratique_du_kite_fishing_article1513.html

We all know about the use of kites for war, specially to observe the battle field, but one of the first use of kites was for fishing. There are two different uses for Kites :

• They can provide boatless fishermen access to waters that would otherwise be available only to boats.

• Similarly, for boat owners, kites provide a way to fish in areas where it is not safe to navigate such as shallows or coral reefs where fish may be plentiful. Kites can also be used for trolling a lure through the water.

In the traditional kite fishing, suitable kites may be of very simple construction. Those of Tobi Island are a large leaf stiffened by the ribs of the fronds of the coconut palm. The fishing line may be made from coconut fiber and the lure made from spider webs.

The kite itself is often made from a single dried leaf of a local orchid, strengthened by a pair of slender bamboo rods threaded through the leaf near the margins and crossing one another at the top and bottom. It is most often flown from the end of a long pole, and operated by the fisherman in the front of the canoe. A line extending from the bottom of the kite carries tha bait. There is no hook, only a loop of line. The bait can thus be played on the surface of the water, a long distance from the boat. The fish, usually garfish cruising in shallow water, are snared by their tooth jaws and pulled in by the fisherman.

In Lampung, the water near Mutun village where kite fishing is practiced is known as Hurun Bay. Today, most kite fisherman there plastic and bamboo to build their kites.

Some informations on a japanese website :

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ET3M-TKKW/scrap-11.html

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ET3M-TKKW/history6.html

A amazing video from the Melanesian Salomon Islands, Santa Cruz Archipelago, 1967 :
all the informations about that movie : http://www.hawaii.edu/oceanic/film/filmdb/1218.html

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Here is are some pictures in Sulawesy, Indonesia :
http://park3.wakwak.com/~eohashi/turi.htm

A great movie from Thierry DAMILANO filmed in September 2007 in Tongkeina, North Sulawesi, Indonesia :

Some more informations about traditional kite fishing :
http://www.dieppe-cerf-volant.org/dccv/arch/ukniv2_arch2000.html

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• MODERN KITE FISHING :

Modern kite fishing

Modern kite fishing

kitefishing manual

kitefishing manual

Modern kite fishing is popular in New Zealand where large delta kites of synthetic materials taking a line and hooks far out past the breakers are used to fish from beaches. Kite fishing is also emerging in Melbourne where sled kites are becoming popular, both off beaches and off boats and in freshwater areas. Members of the disabled community are increasingly using kites for fishing, as the kites allow them to cast the bait further out than they would otherwise be able to do. kites are also used to fishin the USA, but not so much in Europe. This technic helps to fish very big fishes which are far from from the shore (200/500 meters ) – (650-1,650 ft)

Kites may have originally been developed in Indonesia as a device for catching game by a very resourceful people. One of the most remarkable of fishing methods involves the use of a kite, attached to the fishing line, then flown over the water past surf and obstructions. Kite fishing has been practiced throughout the South Seas for centuries, but it appears that it originated in West Java, where it spread to the Malay Peninsula.

Modern kite fiching : pêche au cerf-volant moderne

in french :
http://www.opalesurfcasting.net/techniques_de_peche_en_mer/kite_fishing/du_nouveau_et_une_video_sur_la_pratique_du_kite_fishing_article1513.html

Selecting a modern kite to fish :
http://www.fishingkites.co.nz/htmfiles/fishingkiteb.htm

Some other modern kites
https://www.safeshop.co.nz/vshop/fishing/index.php?cat_disp=Fishing_Kites&page=3


http://www.alltackle.com/aftco_fishing_kites.htm

http://www.hiflykites.co.za/free-kite-guides/kitefishing-manual/

Modern Kite Fishing :

04
Oct
09

One SKY, one WORLD 2009 – 24th Annual Celebration.

ONE SKY, ONE WORLD 2009

ONE SKY, ONE WORLD 2009

ONE SKY WEB 2009, a UNIQUE CELEBRATION OF PEACE IN THE SKY.

http://subvision.net/sky/osow/one.sky.2009/

You all have read about ONE SKY, ONE WORLD which as at first a political proclamation to reunify the EST and the OUEST during the cold war. Today, the aim of that very special day is to Fly kites worldwide for Peace, Culture, Exchange, Tolerance and understanding.

• ONE SKY osoWWW LiveWeb:
http://subvision.net/sky/osow

• ONE SKY denver proclamation:
http://www.oneskyoneworld.org/

• ONE SKY LiveWeb at Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=137062827909

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This is the last message of our friend TOM JECKEL :

dear friends, ..and again!

One Sky – One World, worldwide kitefling for peace, will be celebrated this sunday, october 11, 2009. Feel welcome to join the worldwide simultaneous kitefly, undivided by borders – only by timezones , Do not forget to send your individual greetings to the worldwide kite+peace community
• by word and/ or PHOTO.
Your photo/s of your kiteflying, kite culture and cultural landscape, and the people, will be placed in the ONE SKY web and album.

pls mail your feedback, photos to webworker tom: mailto:tt@subvision.net

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2009 ONE SKY SPECIAL: “crossover travel and exchange” ..
visit other cultural places of osow – and let the world know!
(example: kitefliers from different countries will visit osow
in denver, colorado, usa. webworker tom will visit xiamen, china.
WHERE will you go?)

2009 OSOW VIDEO:
(denver) “we are trying to Skype this year’s OSOW “World Kite Day”.
The time difference is the challenge.
At this point we have four locations in the States that are willing to participate. A suggestion came through to collect shor…t clips/videos which could be pulled together into a master video.”

2009 OSOW WORLD MAP
send the google adress (.kmz) and i will place it in the overview!

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OSOW 2008 - Germany

OSOW 2008 - Germany


OSOW 2008 - BaToCo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

OSOW 2008 - BaToCo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


OSOW official logo by Tom

OSOW official logo by Tom

02
Oct
09

Ephemere at Berck 2009

My friend Jean APOSTOLIDES and Christophe MAUBOUSSIN are flying their own designed and made Revolution kites as a pair : EPHEMERE
They train in Paris, France, and this was filmed by a cold day at the Berck festival, north of France in April 2009.

I hope you’ll enjoy the precision on a Bobby McFerry song…

01
Oct
09

My Revolution stack in Central Park, NYC

Here is a recent movie made by my sweet Daphné in Central Park West, New-York City. I was dreaming about flying there for a long time even if the wind is very bad there like in any other cities because of the ( tall ! ) buildings and trees. It was a brand new kite made for the Jakarta Kite Festival the week after, the same week as the the national indonesian day – (that is why it is red and white like the indonesian flag ). It was made as usual with xmass paper ( mylar) and tape.

01
Oct
09

Flying Turbines which produce energy

When i was a 5, like thouthands of little kids in the 70’s and the 80’s, i received an amazing ROTOR PLANE KITE, a Günther Flugspiele Turboplan 32 Kite (you can now buy through ebay as “old toys”…), with rotating wings, which flyes thanks to the Magnus Effect.
Today, a canadian version (quite similar to the german version) is still made : The areokite. http://www.aerokite.ca/

I guess i was not the only one how loved that kite. It is a part of a larger rotor kite family which is very great as toys but also as energy power supplier.
The toys are commonly caled UFOs Rotor kites, they are not difficult to make and are great in the sunny sky made out of mylar because they move and blinck because they are shinny. (Everything you need to know about Rotor kites is here : http://www.cit.gu.edu.au/~anthony/kites/rotor/

You can also buy then already made by the american brand PRISM as the Flip Kite :
http://www.prismkites.com/k_flip.html

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Today, MAGENN and his CTO, Fred Ferugson believe in making energy with the wind with a baloon/rotor kite with less problems and costs, and more wind effective than the traditional wind turbines :

http://www.magenn.com/

And the 10Kw proof concept sponsored by the Discovery Channel in april 2008 :
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/project-earth/timelines/winds.html

30
Sep
09

Kites and Energy Research

More than a trend, today, it’s a must to think about new energy sources, especially energy sources from the sun, the wind and the water (aka. underwater turbines and so on…)

The power from aerodynamic airborne wind power systems, airborne wind generators or aerostat-type wind power systems is maybe one of the solutions.

Like Peter Lynn (inventor of the famous Kitecat and lots of other kite devices) tells us that using a kite to pull a boat is not a new idea and still attracts lots of people. he wrote a very interesting article on his personal web site : http://www.peterlynnhimself.com/Kites_For_Yachts.php

The Kitcat at Brighton, England, December 2006

The Kitcat at Brighton, England, December 2006

Different projects exist already all aroud the world, but i will start by a sytem to power cargo ships and saving oil by 10 to 35%. – It’s better than nothing, takes less space than regular sails and the most important saves lot’s of money ( 1500 USD a day) so it can be interresting when the price of fuel rises…

Two firms are making kites for boats and are very near to sell their products :


•1• – A small american company : Saving fuel with kite for sail


http://kiteforsail.com/

•2• – A bigger german company : SkySails GmbH :


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkySails

http://s2.streamingfarm.tv/streamingfarm/Skysails/Beaufort_Explanationvideo_512k.wmv

in French :
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beluga_SkySails
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkySails
http://www.carnetdevol.org/actualite/cargo/skysails.htm

The Skysails system

The Skysails system

Skysails

Skysails

Skysails

Skysails

30
Sep
09

A new Bathroom Routine by the FLIC team

A new dancing routine – to compare with the other revolution kites routine they fly (see on this site !) filmed during the summer 2009 by them !

30
Sep
09

Kiteflying under WATER / Cerf-volant sous l’eau

A new video from the Taiwainese kite flyer Deryl Yeh including the Scubadoo :

Here is an amazing project created by Thomas JECKEL (a great artist working with the wind (Kites, Flags and landart installations) – and one of the organizers of the peace organisation : ” ONE SKY, ONE WORLD”.

The specs and order a kite here :
http://drachenmanufaktur.com/ksf/kites/scubadoo.htm/

All the pictures are there :
http://www.drachenmanufaktur.de/gallery/v/kite-art/scubakite/

http://subvision.net/kitedive/events/thailand/march2002-1.htm

This was developped between 2002 and 2006 :
http://subvision.net/kitedive/index.htm

and lots of articles of the Berouth fly in 2002 :
http://subvision.net/kitedive/2002elements-pressreport.htm

30
Sep
09

Graphic Design and kites : The festivals posters

As a graphic designer and a kite flyer myself i am very sensible about the posters designed to promote festivals. Unfortunatly, i can tell very few are good, even if the kites which are presented are amazing, and if the kite flyers are very sensible to art, paintings, and drawing, because it’s all they do : decorate the sky.

Here is a very interesting collection of them mainly from France, but also Germany or Taiwan :

http://affichescv.free.fr/

Graphic Design at the 2007 Berck Festival, France.

Graphic Design at the 2007 Berck Festival, France.

30
Sep
09

RED BULL AIR FORCE in Moscow

A great video of the amazing mainly french team sponsord by Red Bull flying over the water. (Thanks to MetalFubu, Russia)

The RED BULL AIR FORCE with 4 amazing kite flyers multi-world and european champions : Numata Yasumasa, Richard Debray, Mathieu Mayet & Ramlal Tien.




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