Monday, April 30, 2007

Gayla Sighting

Save on Fifth (around 7th street) has a new batch of Gayla Kites.

Get 'em whiles theys gots 'em.

Friday, April 27, 2007

The Littlest Kite-Flyer

Every Sunday in San Juan, the locals gather on the big lawn that stretches down the hill from the ponderous old fort, El Morro. They buy cheap Gayla plastic kites from vendors who set up booths on the street. When I was there, there were at least 100 kites in the air at once.

This little girl was much more interested in bouncing her kite along the ground than flying it.

Found this on Flickr. Let's go to San Juan.

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow...

It's been a little wet, but we're still flying kites tomorrow.

We'll head out early as usual, because they are saying rain later, but we all know is full of shit anyway, so it's probably going to be beautiful and warm. But the ground will probably be wet, so prepare for that however you think you should. As Jeremy points out, the good thing about the wet ground is that our park will be less crowded with other jerks grabbing our spools, and getting in the way of squidgie discs.

See you there.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Hey! Look to the right.

There's the weather.
Specifically temperature, UV, and wind.
The keys to a great day of kite-flying.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Make It Happen.

Another perfect day in the park. We got there around 10am, and the temperature quickly approached 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The winds were a little weak and inconsistent at first, and we had a lot of knotted lines, but we refused to surrender, and the winds finally picked up and the kites flew high. There were a lot of other kite-flyers in the park too, which is always excellent. There was also a gigantic American flag. We spent about 5 hours out there, and have the sunburns to prove it.

After the kite-flying we retreated to the recuperative shade and drinks of Ye Olde Carriage Inn, along with some fries and Erotic Photo Hunt.

more photos

Saturday, April 21, 2007

zero wind kites

they may not be gala's but, using materials from nasa and carbon fiber spars, they are wings of beauty and remind me of birds.

they're from switzerland and cost 300 EUR but even so, i'd really like one...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

You Can't Beat Perfect.

So it looks like we'll be returning to the usual spot in Prospect Park this Saturday around 10am. Bring your Gayla.

Onion rings, Guinness and Erotic Photo Hunt to follow.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Joy of Unspooling

Our Next Project...

These kites were recently flown at the Berck Kite Festival in France, the biggest kite festival in Europe. I'm sure we can figure out how to do this...right? And is that Artie Lang in the back?

Liberty State Park Kite Festival

I just got word from the South Jersey Kiteflyers that this Saturday, April 21 (a.k.a. Earth Day), there will be a kite festival at Liberty State Park. The park is in Jersey, but right on the New York Harbor with beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty. Members of the SJKF are going to be there from 12-4pm. Could be a really good opportunity to see some awesome kites. Anyone want to go?

Here is the link for Liberty State Park:

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Calm Before the Storm

As usual, the pessimists at were wrong and instead of rain we had beautiful sunny skies at Prospect Park on Saturday. Unfortunately, we didn't make it out to Coney Island as originally planned, but our largest gathering yet included me, Karl, Jeremy, Nas, Erin, Maggie, Matt, Nicole (sp?) and his girlfriend whose name I missed (sorry) and their dog Stella. It was great to see all those Gaylas up together. We flew the Dragon Wizard, 2 Sky Spies, and Taz in addition to Nicole's mini airfoil kite, a Nascar delta, and the stunt ghosts triple (which didn't make it up). A couple kites sustained some serious damage from midair collisions, but it was the first day that I didn't lose any kites.

Then it was off to Ye Olde Carriage in for Guinness and Erotic Photo Hunt. It doesn't get any better than this, folks.

Friday, April 13, 2007

The kite that flies.

DSCF0295, originally uploaded by Jeff P.

We've already had some great days at the park flying kites. I must say we're Gayla fans. "The kite that flies" is right. I lost 4 kites in three days. Jeremy and I tracked the line to one through the tree tops until the fence for the Botanical Gardens. We're pretty sure that Baby Bat landed on the other side of the garden-it was out on about 2000' of line-but I guess we'll never know. Jeremy and I were also out there at 9:30 am last friday amidst snow flurries. It was amazing.

I've got a Flickr Set up of our exploits, there's a bunch more photos there:

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Never forget.


As to date we honor the fallen:

Baby Bat serial number 511 : Purchased 4/05/07 Lost: 4/05/07
Trend Setter serial number 502: Purchased 4/06/07 Lost: 4/06/07
Dino-Soar serial number 513: Purchased 4/07/07 Lost:4/07/07
Baby Bat II serial number 511: Purchased 4/07/07 Lost4/07/07

May you all Rest in Trees.

Daring Rescue Made at Coney Island

On Saturday a member of the Brooklyn Flyers risked life by entering the frigid waters to rescue a downed gayla trend setter serial number 502. When asked for comment the Flyer said "Man that waters fucking cold."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Brooklyn Flyers head to Coney Island

This saturday we're planning on heading out to Coney Island to fly some kites by the sea. It should be awesome. Check back for more details later.