1999 Diary of Events
3RD DESERT KITE FESTIVAL - GUJARAT, INDIA
Attended by one member from SKA, Allan Lim, who is also the founder of Singapore Fighter Kite Association. He applauded the good weather and the great wind to fly in Jodhpur.
SKA KITE DAY - MARINA SOUTH PADANG, SINGAPORE
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Beautiful weather and strong wind -- what more could you want ? It was good to see so many members enjoying themselves, including the police (we'll tell you about that later).
In the morning our friends from the Kite Fighting Enthusiasts Club, Singapore held a competition for trophies donated by SKA, while our members flew everything they had. Catching the eye was Ng's red Cody, See Lian's dragon, Poh Wah's roller and rokkaku, Robert's bird train and Shakib's Tri-D and parafoil.
The main event however was the 30m arch. It would not fly from fixed moorings but it flew well when held by three members on each end -- it needs more for comfort. (Photo below from Zaobao website)
For the kite fighting competition, trophies were awarded to:
|3rd||--||Tay Pong Sai|
In SKA's Most Outstanding Kite competition, trophies and cash prizes were awarded to:
|1st Tan See Liang||--||for
his Chinese dragon which flew most of the day
attracting much attention.
|2nd Tan Poh Wah||--||for a
small but interesting multi-colored rokkaku, and
for a large roller (an early casualty)
|3rd Ng Thang Eng||--||for his large, red Cody.|
The police story? When the kite fighters were holding their competition, a member of the public drifted too close and was inadvertently cut down. He raged about the loss of his $1.20 kite and was given two fighters to replace it. But he was not happy and called the police who sent a patrol car. For an hour or more he went on about the loss of his kite, even a second patrol car was sent to back up the first one: Wow! Kite flying is meant to make friends, not enemies.
PASIR GUDANG KITE FESTIVAL
The 4th Pasir Gudang International Kite Festival will be held at Pasir Gudang from 25th February to 1 March 1999. Four SKA members are invited to attend the festival and accomodation at a hotel are provided. This is an annual event.
THAILAND KITE FESTIVAL
An International Kite Festival held in Thailand organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand from March 20th - 21st 1999. Thai International Airways will be offering 50% discount on airfare. All interested SKA members please contact Wing Lee.
5th CHINA INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL - LIANYUNGANG, CHINA
Hosted by the Chinese Kite Association, Jiangsu Provincial Sports Commission, Lianyungang Municipal Goverment. Awards for Best Shape, Best Craftsmanship, Best Flying, Biggest and Smallest Kite will be awarded. All interested SKA members please contact Wing Lee.
16th WEIFANG INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL - SHANDONG, CHINA
There will be colourful programmes of immense opening ceremony, International kite competition, etc. An event not to be missed. All interested SKA members please contact Wing Lee.
THE QINGDAO INTERNATIONAL KITE COMPETITION - QINGDAO CHINA
Each participant will be charged a registration fee of US$ 50. Free boarding and lodging and local transportation for participants during the 5 day. Transportation from Weifang will be paid by Festival Committee. All interested SKA members please contact Wing Lee.
Updated 23 Feb 1999